Sauces are the power tools in your kitchen. They are transformative, turning a basic recipe into something different and delicious. Sauces transport you around the world in just a spoonful. Here’s my latest sauce recipe made with creamy almond butter - Asian Almond Butter Sauce. It's a quick, no-cook sauce good for a variety of uses.
Asian Almond Butter Sauce
Using creamy almond butter, I created this quick Asian-style sauce with ginger, garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, tamari (wheat-free soy sauce) and a little honey. It’s thick and creamy. If you want it thinner add a little warm water and stir until smooth.
What to do With It
Use Asian almond butter sauce as a dipping sauce for:
- Grilled chicken or shrimp kabobs
- Make an Asian noodle salad. Thin and toss with cooked, chilled brown rice noodles adding chopped raw vegetables to complete the salad.
- Drizzle over seared Ahi tuna.
- Spread onto a freshly grilled burger.
- Use as the dressing for this Asian Cabbage Salad recipe.
- Use as a dip for a raw veggie platter.
Thick or thin, it is versatile and will keep in the refrigerator for several days.
A Better Nut Butter
Creamy almond butter. Give me a spoon and I could eat an entire jar. With a mellow flavor and rich texture, it beats peanut butter in my book every time (ok, I am an almond addict). If you are new to real nut butters, be prepared for sticker shock. They are more expensive than peanut butter. And if you are used to super sweet commercial peanut butter with added sugars or corn syrup, almond butter won’t taste as sweet.
Almond Butter versus Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is a little controversial these days, but what isn't? For most of us growing up it was a household staple. Who never had a peanut and butter jelly sandwich? Peanut butter is hard to beat in popularity and price but many people are allergic to peanuts.
Another concern is possible contamination by a toxic fungus called aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is not supposedly not a problem with most peanuts or peanut butter sold in the US today, but it still gives me pause.
Peanuts are not nuts but legumes, plants that have pods with their seeds inside. Think of beans and peas. Almonds are called nuts but are really the seeds of the almond fruit. The good news is there are wonderful "nut" butters available today.
Peanut butter and almond butter are similar nutritionally and both have a place in a healthy diet (unless you are allergic). Almond butter has more monounsaturated fat and about half the amount of saturated fat of peanut butter and offers more minerals and fiber and both offer healthy fat and protein.
Buying Almond Butter
Buy almond butter where the label reads nothing but almonds. Skip added sugar, salt, corn syrup, and unwanted additives or preservatives. My two favorite brands of almond butter are made by Artisana and Maranatha. Artisana does not need refrigeration and Maranatha recommends refrigeration for theirs.
Try it with tahini butter, made with sesame seeds.
Grilled shrimp or chicken, cold noodle salads, burgers, as a dip for raw veggies (snack)
Use coconut amino instead of tamari or soy sauce. This makes it vegan too.
Yes if you prefer.
- ¼ cup natural almond butter sub cashew butter
- 2 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar sub white vinegar
- 1 ½ tablespoons neutral flavored oil or sesame, cocout
- 1 ½ tablespoons low sodium tamari or soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger or pureed ginger from jar
- 1 clove garlic chopped very fine or garlic powder
- Place everything in a small bowl and stir together until smooth. Use thick or thin with a little warm water.