Homemade Duck Sauce – If you love duck sauce, you’ve got to try this all-natural, homemade version. It’s so simple and tasty, you may just decide to never go back to the old way!
The secret to many fabulous recipes is a killer sauce. When it comes to many Asian dishes, a good duck sauce is just the ticket.
In the past I’ve bought a convenient jar of pre-made duck sauce at the grocery store. I was never that pleased with it because it didn’t taste amazing, not to mention, it contained some dubious ingredients, like high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and “natural” flavorings. YUCK!
This year I thought I’d give making my own duck sauce a go. I used some fabulous homemade apricot jam hidden in my winter stores, along with fresh ginger and garlic. If you don’t have homemade jam on hand I recommend St. Dalfour’s apricot jam.
After making this sauce, the end result was sweet and sticky. It also had a more spicy and complex flavor compared the the store-bought stuff. I don’t think I’m ever going back to the old way again!
Now that you can make this awesome sauce, some common pairings with duck sauce include:
- Egg rolls
- Spring rolls
Also, be sure to check out my recipe for Baked Pork and Napa Cabbage Egg Rolls!
- 3/4 C all-natural apricot jam
- 4 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
- 2 medium cloves fresh minced garlic*
- 1 tsp fresh minced ginger*
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/16 tsp cayenne powder (or to taste)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl with a whisk until evenly combined.
- It's best if allowed to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving, so that the flavors can meld. Bring to room temperature 30 minutes to an hour before serving.
- Store in an airtight glass container at the back for your refrigerator for up to 1 month.
If you're strapped for time, fresh garlic and ginger can be substituted with their frozen counterparts and are almost just as good.