Updated January 28, 2019.
Are you looking for a Spicy Orange Sauce recipe that makes stir-fries stand up and take notice?
This quick and easy gluten-free recipe is sure to become a family favorite and a guest pleaser!
Soy sauce is among common Asian pantry essentials, key ingredients in ethnic dishes from China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam that pose serious problems for those who are gluten intolerant or have Celiac Disease.
Used for marinating and basting meats as well as adding depth of flavor and color to myriads of sauces, soy sauce quickly became a staple in my pantry.
When I was diagnosed as gluten-intolerant, many ingredients I once used to create bright flavored stir-fries and marinades disappeared from my cooking palette.
Imagine my triumph when I discovered I could substitute wheat-based soy sauce with Bragg Liquid Aminos, gluten-free shoyu, gluten-free tamari or gluten-free soy sauce, without sacrificing mouth-feel and rich flavor.
. . . until I hit the next Asian food ingredient wall.
How could I capture the unique piquant taste and jelly-like texture of hoisin sauce in such a way my family and friends would never know I swapped out the real thing for a gluten-free substitute of this Asian ingredient?
After years of trying different combinations of ingredients from my pantry and refrigerator, I decided to give it one more try.
I pulled some left-over apricot jam from my refrigerator, because it had the sticky, jelly-like consistency similar to hoisin sauce, only thicker.
While the little chunks of apricot in the jam would make for a lumpy sauce, I didn't think my family would notice when it was added to a stir-fry.
Surprisingly, those bits of fruit added bursts of flavor, making my Asian dishes delightful.
Whenever I don’t know what else to do when creating a new savory recipe and if it seems like it might be a good idea at the time, I splash on some Bragg Liquid Aminos to kick up the flavor.
So, dashing some on, I stirred it into the apricot jam, adding a touch more just until the mixture came together with the consistency of hoisin sauce.
Not knowing what else to do to the sauce, I sent up a little prayer and called it good.
Turns out, my gluten-free substitute received raves!
My family had no idea they were enjoying a gluten-free sauce!
You know what you cook is great when your family and guests request a redo.
Try this gluten-free Spicy Orange Sauce recipe.
It makes a tasty dipping sauce for all kinds of appetizers!