Sweet and Citrus Garlic Sauce

Jar full of citrus garlic sauce

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This delicious, Asian-inspired, Sweet and Citrus Garlic Sauce is great to mix up ahead of time, then pop into the refrigerator until the night you want to cook. 


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For the Sauce: 

  • 1/2 of a large orange
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 6-7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2-3 Tbsp grated onion (about 1/2 a small onion)

For Cooking:

  • 1 lb protein of choice - chicken, steak, shrimp, extra firm tofu
  • 1 small yellow or white onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced veggies - broccoli, carrots, pea pods, etc.
  • 3 green onions, sliced - white and green parts
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water
  • Cooked rice or udon noodles


Make the Sauce:

Juice the orange into a medium bowl. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, minced garlic, grated ginger, and grated onion. Whisk everything together until well combined. 

Cook with the Sauce: 

Prepare your protein of choice - Thinly slice chicken or steak OR peel and devein shrimp OR pat tofu dry and cut into 1” cubes. Set aside.

Place a large skillet over medium heat. Pour the sauce into the pan. Bring to a bubble. 

Add onions, veggies, and protein. Cook for 4-6 minutes until veggies are crisp-tender and protein is cooked through. 

Whisk together the cornstarch and water. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce, stirring until incorporated. Cook for another 1-2 minutes while the sauce thickens. 

Serve over cooked rice, rice noodles, or udon noodles. Enjoy!

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