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Carrot-Ginger Sauce

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Serves four to six.

Yields about 2 cups.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 105

This smooth Asian-influenced sauce is delicious paired with seared sea scallops or roasted or grilled pork.

  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • 2 Tbs. chopped shallot
  • 1-3/4 cups lower-salt chicken broth; more as needed
  • 6 medium carrots, peeled and cut into large dice (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbs. unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. Asian sesame oil

Heat the oil in a 4-quart saucepan over low heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but not brown, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the carrots, return to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low, and simmer until the carrots are just tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

Pour the carrot mixture into a blender and add the soy sauce, ginger, rice vinegar, honey, and sesame oil. Purée until smooth. Pour the sauce into a fine strainer set over a bowl and gently press it through the strainer with a spatula or wooden spoon. Discard the solids. If the sauce seems thick, thin with additional broth to the desired consistency.

Make Ahead Tips

The sauce may be made and refrigerated up to 1 day ahead.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 80; Fat (g): fat g 3.5; Fat Calories (kcal): 35; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 0; Protein (g): protein g 3; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 10; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 230; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I made this recipe several times this summer to accompany seared sea scallops. I didn't find it necessary to strain the sauce, it was very smooth. A great way to use carrots from our garden.

The sauce stands on its own flavor and color. I sauteed some Cod with one of Emeril's rubs and the fish was maybe 3 stars. The carrot-ginger added a bright and interesting color. The smell of the ginger and carrot was mouthwatering. I would have been 5 stars had I used the scallops.

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