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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Sauce That Can Go With Any Seafood


South East Asian Style

If you have only tried warm butter sauce or cocktail sauce for your seafood, you've gotta try this special sauce. It's...different...but savory and rich in flavor. Plus, it's easy to make!

The sauce is popular in South East Asian cuisine. If you like garlicky, sour, herbaly (is it a word!?), and possibly spicy flavors, you should try it. When you see the ingredients, you might be able to guess what it's going to taste like.

Seafood is more likely to taste bland and therefore we need a sour twist to cut it. One of my friends had this sauce with raw oysters minus the lemon juice or sherry vinegar, and topped it with fried shallots. It was heaven. It's actually the way Thai people eat raw oysters too except they add a local herb called Acacia pennata.

My mom has also used it as a dipping sauce with fried vegetables and tofu. I have used this sauce with several recipes. The spiciness can be adjusted to your preference.

Seafood Sauce-Asian Style
Yield: about 1/2 cup

3 tablespoons fish sauce
4 tablespoons sugar
3 limes, juice
4 big garlic cloves
1-1 1/2 tablespoons chopped ginger
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
4 Thai Chilies (aka Bird's eye Chili)--Please adjust it to your preference

  • Add garlic, chili, ginger, and cilantro into a food processor. Pulse about 5 times until it's coarsely chopped.
  • Add sugar, pulse 5 times until all mixed together
  • Add fish sauce and lime juice, pulse 3 times. Sugar should be dissolved into the mixture.
  • Taste to correction and adjust it to your preference.

I'd like to take a moment to pray for the Thai folks in Bangkok to have a sound and safe lives, and are hoping the situation will be greatly improved soon.

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    Pacheco Patty said...

    This is a good recipe! It sounds like it would be great on oysters for a delicious change from the normal sauces that I use! Thanks for visiting my blog, I really like your recipes!

    Julie M. said...

    That looks delicious! Your photos are beautiful as well. i will definitely be giving this a try. I just bought some butterfly shrimp to use it on as well.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Judy said...

    I love this! I am going to try this as I hope to incorporate more fish in our meals. :) Thank you!

    Liv Wan said...

    M.....I love lime flavour with my seafood.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Chef Dennis said...

    sounds like a very tasty sauce...I can see it going well with a lot of things!! I like the tofu and just as a dip idea
    thanks so much for sharing!

    Biren said...

    I am sure this sauce will go well with a lot of food. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    citronetvanille said...

    Oh I am always looking for sauce recipes you can serve with fish and seafood, and this one sounds wonderful!

    Lazaro Cooks! said...

    Beautiful sauce. Love the combo of flavors. It would wake up any bland food without a doubt.


    Monet said...

    Yum! I am always looking for a new sauce to pair with seafood. Great photos! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to give this a try!

    Food Lover said...

    Yummy, I'm making seafood meal today, I have to try this.

    Mother Rimmy said...

    I think this sounds great! I wonder if it would make a good marinade for grilled fish.

    Tanantha P. said...

    Thanks everyone!
    @Mather Rimmy, yes you can but it depends on how long you would marinate it for. This sauce works better for dipping. If you marinate it more than 2 hrs, I don't think it would taste good due to lime juice. You can try and let me know how it turns out!

    lequan@luvtoeat said...

    I love this sauce. Seafood is tops on my list as I am not much of a meat eater. I'm always looking for a different sauce other than butter and cocktail sauce to go with my seafod. It almost felt like you were talking directly to me in this post. Haha. Great combo of ingredients. Love this! Thank you for sharing Tanantha.

    Maggie said...

    Hi T,

    This sauce looks awesome! I am going to try it next time when Andy and I buys raw oyster from the farmers market! Hope you two are doing well!


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