Tag Archives: Soy sauce

Asian Pasta Salad

4 Sep

One of the best cookbooks I have ever invested in is my Southern Living: Easy Weeknight Favorites.  I purchased it around the time we were married and, after eight years, I have probably made about every recipe in it, loving all but a handful.  I have made this salad a few times and definitely enjoy the texture and favors.  My only complaint is that it is very difficult to get a good bite-full on a fork.  It may work better with a shorter noodle, but I would miss the texture of the linguine.  I will try it sometime and update with my thoughts, or, better yet, someone else try it and let me know.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dry linguine
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 12 cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 4 green onions (sliced)
  • 2 large carrots (sliced diagonally)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds (toasted)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)

In large pot with boiling water, cook pasta. Drain, rinse pasta with cold water and let drain again. Place pasta in a large salad bowl, add broccoli, next 3 ingredients and toss well. In a small bowl or jar with lid, combine soy sauce and remaining 6 ingredients. Whisk together or cover tightly and shake vigorously. Pour mixture over pasta and toss gently.

Picture by me, My Little Food Spot

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Sweet and Sour Steak with Peppers

20 Jun

Don’t have much to say besides, yum.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb flank steak

Marinade:

  • 5 tsp Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
  • 4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T olive oil

Sauce:

  • 2 T ketchup
  • 1 T Worcesterhire sauce
  • 2 tsp barbecue sauce
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar

Other:

  • 2 small tomatoes, peeled and wedged into six equal pieces
  • 2 bell peppers (colors of your choice), cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large onion, cubed
  • 6 T oil for stir-frying, or as needed
  • Electric wok

Cut the beef across the grain into 1-inch cubes. Add the marinade ingredients and marinate beef in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

While the beef is marinating combine the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.  Prepare the vegetables.

Heat the wok over medium-high to high heat.  Add 2 tablespoons oil.  When the oil is hot, add half the beef. Brown briefly, then stir-fry until the beef changes color and is nearly cooked through.  Remove from the wok and cook the remaining beef, adding more oil as needed.  Remove from wok.

Add 2 tablespoons oil to the wok.  When the oil is hot, add the garlic and onion.  Stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds).  Add the bell pepper.  Stir-fry for two minutes and add the tomato wedges.  Stir-fry until the vegetables are softened.  (Total cooking time is about 3-4 minutes).

Push the vegetables up to the side of the pan.  Add the sauce in the middle of the wok.  Heat briefly then add the beef back into the pan.  Mix everything together.  Taste and add extra sugar or soy sauce if desired.  Serve hot over rice.

Photo by me, My Little Food Spot

Grilled Salmon with Sweet Soy Slaw

20 Jun

I had no idea you could buy broccoli slaw at the grocery store.  But it’s there, and with this sweet, soy sauce, it’s good.  My super picky three year old won’t touch the slaw (because it’s green), but he gobbles up the salmon with this tasty marinade.

Ingredients

  • 1  cup soy sauce
  • 1  tablespoon  canola oil
  • 4  pieces crystallized ginger
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2  cups  sugar
  • 4  (4-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1  (12-ounce) packages broccoli slaw
  • 1/8  cup  green onions, chopped
  • 1/2  tablespoon  sesame seeds, toasted
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in sugar.  Cook for 10 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat.  (Mixture will thicken).  Reserve 3/4 cup soy mixture, and set aside.

Brush both sides of salmon evenly with remaining soy mixture; cover and let stand 10 minutes.

Grill, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until fish flakes with a fork.

Toss together broccoli slaw, green onions, sesame seeds, and 1/4 cup reserved soy mixture; top with grilled salmon.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with remaining reserved 1/2 cup soy mixture for dipping.

Recipe from SouthernLiving.com

Photo by me, My Little Food Spot

Chicken Fried Rice

6 Jan

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One of my favorite recipes.  We just kind of throw together what we have on hand but here is a good guideline:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cold cooked rice
  • 8 ounces chicken thighs or tenderloins, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup frozen green peas or mixed veggies
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced diagonally
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 T. oyster sauce
  • Pepper
  • sesame or olive oil for stir-frying, as needed

Preparation:

Heat small amount of oil in wok.  Beat the eggs lightly.  Scramble briefly in wok and remove.
Heat 2 T. oil and saute chicken, onion and celery for 4-5 minutes; remove.
Heat oil once more, add the rice (in two batches if needed) and soy and oyster sauces.  Allow rice to brown, flipping spatula-fulls every 1-2 minutes.  Add an additional small amount of soy sauce if needed (I use low-sodium to get the flavor without it becoming crazy salty).
Return egg and chicken mixture to wok and add remaining ingredients until heated thoroughly.
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Thai Red Curry Paste (a la Jennifer)

14 Feb

I was making a dish that called for red curry paste.  I couldn’t find it in the grocery store so I thought I’d google it to see what the ingredients were, and then make it myself.  To my dismay it was a somewhat complicated recipe requiring a food processor (which Derek dropped and broke) and including ingredients I don’t typically stock (i.e. lemongrass).  So I took a number of the ingredients I had stocked in my cupboards and came up with a product with which I was quite pleased.

Whisk together the following:

  • a good, long squirt of hot sauce (I use Huy Fong brand of Sriracha hot chili sauce or, as I like to call it, “rooster” sauce)
  • three cloves garlic, minced
  • a few dashes of ground ginger
  • a dash of fresh ground pepper
  • a dash of cumin
  • about 2 T. soy sauce
  • a small squirt of anchovy paste (or oyster or fish sauce)
  • a couple dashes of sugar
  • a dash of chili powder

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Grilled Jerk Chicken

23 Nov

For Jerk Marinade:

  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4-5 Scotch Bonnet or Habanera chilies, stemmed and seeded (I personally would use fewer)
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 1/2 T salt
  • 1 T packed brown sugar
  • 1 T fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, packed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

For the chicken:

  • 6 lb. chicken thighs and drumsticks, skin on

Make the marinade:  Blend all marinade ingredients until smooth.

Marinate and grill chicken: Divide the chicken pieces and the marinade between 2 large sealable plastic bags.  Seal the bags, pressing out excess air, then turn the bags over several times to distribure the marinade.  Put the bags of chicken in a shallow pan and marinate in the refrigerator, turning twice, for one day.

Let the chicken stand at room temperature for one hour before cooking.

Preheat gas grill on high.  Grill chicken on high for 15-20 minutes, until it’s well-browned on all sides.  Adjust heat to low and cook the chicken, covered with the lid, until cooked through, about 25 minutes more.

Chicken and Peanuts

14 Jul

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Marinating the chicken:

  • 10 to 12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ cubes
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cooking wine/sherry
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with the above ingredients, adding them one at a time and mixing with the chicken. Cover and refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes. Use the marinating time to prepare the other ingredients.

The Sauce:

  • 2-3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cooking wine/sherry

Mix these ingredients in a cup.

Prepare the Vegetables:

  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic (2-3 cloves)
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 3 to 5 scallions, cut into 1″ lengths
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts

Cooking:

  • 2-3 Tablespoons oil
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • about 2 teaspoons tamari or soy sauce

Heat a wok over medium heat.  Add the oil, and when it’s hot add the pepper and the garlic.  Stir-fry for 20 seconds.

Add the chicken and stir-fry over high heat for a couple of minutes.

Add the onion, and stir-fry 30 seconds, tossing vigorously.

Add the scallions, and give the pan a few good tosses.

Add the sauce and stir for a minute

Add the peanuts and stir-fry for a minute or two.

Turn off the heat and season to taste with tamari/soy sauce. Serve with white or brown rice.