Top 10 Asian Sauces to Try For National Sauce Month

Top 10 Asian Sauces to Try For National Sauce Month

Did you know that March officially marks National Sauce Month? That’s right. This month is all about the sauce. So if there’s a sauce that you’ve been eyeing for a while but haven’t had the guts to try, now is the time! Experiment away with new flavors and sauces, and you might just find your new favorite. We recommend you try these top 10 Asian sauces that people all around the globe enjoy and savor. So we hope you sauce it up, and have a happy National Sauce Month!

1. Asian Chili Sauces

Sriracha, Hot Chili Oil, Chili Garlic Sauce, Sambal Oelek
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Especially notable in many Asian cuisines, chili sauce is a great addition to any type of food. Among the many chili sauces, Sriracha is the most popular Asian sauce in the United States. Similar to chili garlic sauce and sambal, Sriracha also uses chili peppers, garlic, salt, sugar, and vinegar. If you can handle the heat, we recommend you try hot chili oil or chili garlic sauce, both more garlicky, spicy, and smoky than Sriracha. If you’re looking for something tangier and sharper, sambal is an Indonesian sauce that’s earthy, fragrant, and spicy. 

Try them with: Coconut Shrimp, Vermicelli with Chicken Skewers, Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps, Thai One-Pot, Curry Laksa Noodle Soup

2. Korean Gochujang Sauce

KPOP Original Sauce, KPOP XXX Chili Sauce

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Gochujang is a thick Korean hot red chili paste that’s sweet, savory, and spicy. Notable for its fermentation process, gochujang provides many health benefits, like promoting a healthy gut and increasing metabolism (read more about it here). We recommend you try the KPOP Foods gochujang sauces, which are runnier and thinner in consistency than the paste. It’s also in a convenient bottle that makes it easy to use, as opposed to the original gochujang tubs (think ice cream tubs). If you’ve got an impressive spice tolerance, you should start with the XXX Chili Sauce, which is the spicier version of the  Original Chili Sauce

Try them with: Gochujang Fried Rice, Exxxtra Hot Chicken Sandwich, Bibimbap, Korean BBQ Pork Belly Sliders

3. Teriyaki Sauce

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Teriyaki sauce is a fan favorite, especially when poured over chicken. While you can find a variety of teriyaki sauces at most grocery stores now, we recommend you try making this simple yet delicious sauce at home. The classic sauce is made with only 4 ingredients: soy sauce, sugar, sake or mirin, and ginger. This teriyaki sauce is so tasty that you only need to sit your veggies or proteins in this sauce for half an hour and voila! You’ve got a savory, umami-flavored meal. 

Try it with: Teriyaki Stir Fry, Salmon Quinoa Bowl, Chicken Teriyaki with Ginger Rice, Sirloin with Teriyaki Broth

4. Pecel

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Indonesian pecel commonly refers to a spiced peanut sauce combined with a salad of various vegetables. This sauce is nutty, sweet, and spicy, with ingredients like roasted peanuts, chili peppers, tamarind, shrimp paste, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, and kencur (a ginger variety). This sauce is perfect on a salad, giving it that rich and fragrant flavor. Another way of enjoying this sauce is with rice! 

Try it with: Pecel Salad, Pecel Rice, Pecel Lele (Fried Catfish)

5. KPOP Kimchi Mayo Sauce

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If you like mayo and kimchi separately, then this kimchi-mayo combination is going to be addictive! Kimchi is usually quite pungent, sour, and spicy. When combining the stronger-flavored kimchi with the more mild-flavored mayo, it creates the perfect balance of creamy, zesty, and savory flavors. Enjoyed on literally everything, from fries to tacos, it might actually be one of the most versatile sauces out there.  Check it out here

Try it with: Air Fried Crispy Potatoes, Shrimp Tacos, Crab Cakes, Vegetarian Banh Mi, Tuna Salad

6. Black Bean Sauce

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Some call black bean sauce the ketchup of Asia, the only difference being the fermented black bean base. These fermented black beans are combined with soy sauce, rice wine, garlic, fresh ginger, hot chilis, broth, and other aromatics. The spices combined with the fermented beans creates a strong flavor that’s salty, spicy, almost earthy, and certainly savory. Many restaurants stir fry this sauce with vegetables, noodles, or meats, giving it a smokier taste as well. We definitely recommend using this in your stir-fries. 

Try it with: Stir-Fry Veggies, Chicken with Black Bean Sauce, Stir-Fried Fish Fillet, Jajangmyeon (Noodles)

7. Seafood Sauces

Fish Sauce, Oyster Sauce, Hoisin Sauce (Peking Sauce)

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You can’t talk about Asian sauces without talking about these essential seafood sauces used in most Asian cuisines. For those who have tried fish sauce, you’ll probably remember its strong, pungent smell and taste. Well, that’s no surprise when it’s made from fermenting fish juice for up to two years. Though fish sauce may be intimidating to use at first, if used sparingly and with the right ingredients, it makes for a wonderful salty, deep umami flavor. Oyster sauce is a thick, complex, slightly sweet, savory sauce that’s made from reducing oyster liquid, sugar, and soy sauce down until it becomes syrup-like. It’s usually used in stir-fries and as a dipping sauce. Finally, hoisin sauce (also called Peking sauce) is similar to oyster sauce in that it’s thick and salty, but it’s noticeably sweeter. 

Try them with: Vermicelli Noodle Bowl, Chinese Chicken in Oyster Sauce, Gai Lan (Chinese Broccoli), Pho

8. KPOP Honey Glaze

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Blending honey, gochujang, jalapeños, garlic, and lime, the KPOP Foods Honey Glaze sauce is both delightfully sweet and subtly savory. It also offers a slight, which makes it perfect for those who want to try spicier sauces but don’t have the spice tolerance for it yet. We recommend you try this sauce with fried foods and various meats! 

Try it with: Korean Fried Chicken, Tteokgalbi (Short Rib Patties), Air Fryer Cauliflower, Pulled Pork

9. Soy Sauce Substitutes

Ponzu Citrus Soy Sauce, Coconut Aminos, Tamari Sauce

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We all know the most popular Asian sauce of them all—soy sauce. If you’re looking to explore sauces, consider trying some of these popular soy sauce substitutes! Ponzu sauce is a sweeter, more intense version of soy sauce that includes citrus fruits, making it perfect as a marinade or a dressing. Coconut aminos is a slightly sweeter, saltier, thinner, and darker sauce than soy sauce or tamari. It’s much healthier as well, boasting 65% less sodium, and contains other minerals as well. We recommend this sauce for those going on a Paleo diet or for those avoiding what, soy, or gluten. Tamari is nearly identical in taste to soy sauce, but is more balanced and contains little to no wheat. For those looking for healthier alternatives to soy sauce, try these sauces! We also recommend you try taste testing all of these soy sauce substitutes and see if you can taste the difference! 

Try them with: Ponzu Chicken Rice Bowl, Roasted Root Veggies with Tamari, Glazed Salmon, Coconut Aminos Fried Rice, Glazed Eggplant

10. Ssamjang

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Samjang is a Korean dipping sauce that is often used in lettuce wraps and meats. Made from doenjang (soybean paste), gochujang, garlic, onion, honey or sugar, sesame oil, and more, it ends up tasting smoky, salty, pungent, and nutty. This is why it’s mostly used as a Korean barbecue sauce! The next time you’re eating meat, we recommend buying some veggies on the side and making these easy and delicious wraps! 

Try it with: Beef Bulgogi, Korean Garlic and Chile Pork, Crispy Slow-Roasted Pork Belly

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