Thursday, February 10, 2011

Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce

 On my last trip to TJ’s, I bought a bottle of Soyaki sauce. I had seen it before, but it was one of those things that I was never too interested in to buy. I’m so happy I finally decided to try it! It’s sweet, tangy and loaded with sesame seeds. Here are two dishes I made this week with it.

As you may or may not know, I work third shift in a lab, so my “breakfast” is always a tricky situation. I typically try to eat something relatively light but filling at about 9PM before I head into work.This usually manifests itself in some type of carb dipped/mixed with some kind of sauce (rice and hot sauce, bread and jam, etc.). This time, I sautéed a green pepper with a delicious sauce, which included the Soyaki sauce.


After the green peppers got crispy in the pan, I mixed together the Soyaki sauce, Sriracha sauce, and peanut butter. I added it to the peppers and let it cook for a little longer.


Ooookay so I added way too much sauce! The sauce was super tasty, but I really overdid it. I should have either added less peanut butter, or thinned it out with soy sauce. I’m definitely going to try this again…it kind of reminded me of a takeout side dish. It was a perfect before-work dish, because the sauce was filling and the green peppers were refreshing.


I also made salmon this week that was marinated simply with the Soyaki sauce and a few drops of toasted sesame oil.


I marinated it for about 30 minutes, then I cooked it in the oven at 325 until it was flaky. I also cooked short grain brown rice in veggie stock. It was a delicious meal!


Definitely try out the Soyaki sauce on your next trip to Trader Joe’s! There are so many possibilities of how to use it.