Friday, May 18, 2012

Tahini Stir Fry Sauce

For about a year now I have been making the sauces that I use in stir frys.  Given how ridiculously easy it is, I don't know why I used to buy the stir fry seasoning packets that you add water too.  I usually just eye ball it and add some chicken or vegetable broth, some soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil.  One key ingredient that makes most Asian food taste better is fish or oyster sauce.  A tiny splash of it can really change the flavour.  I had heard about tahini a while ago and had NO IDEA what it was.  I kept thinking it was like tzatziki sauce or tamari.  Regardless, I was clueless.  After some googling I realized it was sesame seed puree...kind of like sesame seed butter.  I bought some having to idea how I would use it!  As a side note, I have been doing this alot lately (buying new foods) and have been having fun trying to find recipes to make with the random and new (to me) ingredients I pick up.  I decided to doctor up one of my usual sauce recipes with same tahini and here you have new go to stir fry sauce.

Tahini Stir Fry Sauce

2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 vegetable broth
3 green onions finely chopped

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. 

I like to add this sauce to my wok when the veggies are about half done.  This way the sauce has a chance to really flavour the vegetables and/or meat.