This sweet sesame ginger Asian stir fry sauce is terrific over noodles and stir fry veggies. It can even be used as a dipping sauce or marinade.
Sauces are a delicious accompaniment to many Asian-inspired dishes, but they are usually loaded with sweeteners and preservatives in prepackaged bottles on shelves. I have had trouble buying them for years after reading disappointing nutritional and ingredient labels.
Making your own sauces is really quite simple and once you’ve made them from scratch, you will be much happier serving them knowing you’re eliminating all the extra added junk. The taste of the homemade stuff really trumps the bottled stuff anyway!
Nutrition in ginger
Ginger is generally prized for its use as an herb or flavor as a spice and not as a nutritional supplement.
According to Self NutritionData, a 2-gram piece of ginger contains only 1.6 calories, 0.7 mg of omega-3 fatty acids and 2.4 mg of omega-6 fatty acids. It provides 0.1 mg of vitamin C and 0.2 mg of folate.
Ginger also contains minute amounts of minerals: 0.3 mg of calcium, 0.9 mg of magnesium, 0.7 mg of phosphorus, 8.3 mg of potassium and only 0.3 mg of sodium.–LiveStrong
We also use this sauce as a marinade in recipes like Veggie Kabobs. It used to be such a waste with the marinades 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!
This ginger sauce goes great with my Japanese Veggie Udon Noodle recipe where the sauce is glazed over seared tofu and veggies. An dish a an easy stir fry that will make the whole family rush to the table.
There are many different types of pasta possibilities for this recipe–rice pastas, lo mein, or spaghetti. The udon noodles that I like to use are a wheat pasta from Japan.
At my house we love pasta, and we love stir fries. This recipe is a great way to satisfy both at one time!
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Sauce recipe adapted from mydarlingvegan.com
Other Great Sauces to Try
This sauce is terrific over noodles and stir fry veggies. It can also be used as a dipping sauce or marinade.
- 2 Tbsps. sesame seeds roasted in dry pan
- 1 tsp. of tahini or dash of sesame oil optional
- 2 Tbsps. minced garlic I used kind from jar
- 2 tsp. ginger root
- 3 Tbsp. soy sauce make sure gluten-free, if needed
- 2 Tbsp. agave nectar or other sweetener
- Combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
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