I use this Asian Sauce with a lot of dishes including as a dip, topping for pasta, Asian Green Beans, a marinate for grilling, and much more.
About 30 years ago, a Japanese friend taught me how to whip this sauce up for a lot of the dishes he prepared. He mostly used it as a dipping sauce, but I have found so many more uses for it over the years.
It takes about 5-minutes to prepare and is so versatile! When using it as a dipping sauce, we use it as is, but it can also be thickened up to have more of a gravy texture.
To thicken, simply add arrowroot powder and simmer or microwave for just a minute.
What is arrowroot powder?
Arrowroot starch is used as a thickener in many foods such as puddings and sauces. It can also be used in cookies and other baked goods. The starch has an extremely bland taste, which makes it suitable for neutral diets.
It is believed that arrowroot helps to soothe upset stomachs/nausea.
Arrowroot powder should be whisked into a cool liquid before adding to a sauce or other liquid based recipe, and it should be added towards the end. As overcooking can destroy the gelling properties of arrowroot.
Unlike many starches, arrowroot will turn clear as it sets, and will not interfere with the color of the dishes it is included in.–Cooking God’s Way
If you don’t have arrowroot powder, cornstarch will work too. I like arrowroot powder because it tends to clump less when warming. It can be purchased at most Asian grocery stores. It’s nice to keep on-hand to use as a thickener for many dishes and sauces.
This sauce is used to make my Asian Green Beans, and they are a great twist on traditional green bean recipes.
We also use this sauce as a marinate in recipes like Veggie Kabobs. It used to be such a waste with the marinates we used with meat that had to be thrown out after the marination process because of being in contact with raw meat.
Now days, after marinating, we can use the same sauce for dipping or even turn it into a gravy by adding thickener. So much healthier!
To adjust the serving sizes of any of my recipes, simply go to the ‘Servings’ listed in the recipe card right above the ingredients list. Hover over the number of servings, and a sliding bar will appear. Slide to the number of servings you would like, and the ingredients will automatically adjust the amounts.
Other Great Sauces to Try
- ¼ cup Tamari or soy sauce
- ¼ cup water
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- ½ Tbsp sugar I use an unrefined sugar called sucanat
- 1 tsp. minced garlic I use kind from jar
- fresh chives optional
Whisk all ingredients in bowl.
Links to Amazon.com are affiliate links. When you buy something through my links, I receive a commission that helps support this site which is greatly appreciated.