Basic Chinese Brown Sauce (Vegan and GF)

Brown sauce doesn’t sound particularly appealing, does it? But, I assure you, that basic brown sauce is a quick and easy way to turn a collection of steamed, roasted or stir-fried vegetables into a really good, comprehensive meal.

Some brown sauce recipes (and, I assume some restaurants’ brown sauce) uses beef broth as a base, but it’s really not necessary; you can get the same rich, deep flavor with vegetable broth. Though giving it a bit of a helping hand with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (GF) or Maggi liquid seasoning (not GF) is a good idea; just substitute one tablespoon of it for one tablespoon of the soy sauce. When you use the proper ingredients, this sauce is both vegan and gluten-free, which is really handy if you ever find yourself needing to accommodate a lot of dietary requirements. For it to be gluten-free, though, you must use a GF soy sauce (and no Maggi, as noted). I use San-J tamari and like it quite a lot. If you don’t have a gluten sensitivity, though, you can use standard soy sauce. I also use Better than Bouillon No Chicken Base as my vegetable broth of choice.

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Serve this with some steamed baby bok choy, carrot slices, water chestnuts, and baked tofu (or whatever you like!) over white rice. It’s delicious.

Basic Vegan/GF Chinese Brown Sauce
serves 4-8, depending on thickness

3 tablespoons gluten free tamari or soy sauce
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic (optional)
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon cornstarch (less, if you prefer a thin sauce)
1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar to taste)
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (optional)

Combine tamari, broth, ginger, garlic, and molasses in a small saucepan and heat on medium. Whisk in cornstarch and continue whisking until it thickens. For a thinner sauce, remove right away; for a thicker sauce, continue whisking and cooking over low heat. Add vinegar to taste (it will thin slightly) and sesame oil.

 

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6 Responses to Basic Chinese Brown Sauce (Vegan and GF)

  1. I love a basic brown sauce for tofu + veggies, and this one sounds and looks fantastic. Yum!

  2. This sounds like it would be so awesome with a bunch of veggies over rice. I love a good sauce that I can use to make veggies more appealing!

  3. alexandra says:

    What a great recipe to have for a little bit of everything! Stir fry, tofu, veggies and all the things vegetarians don’t eat. :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Zarna Surti says:

    Oooo! I’m going to try this!

  5. Oooooh, I love Chinese brown sauce. I can totally eat my veggies easier when they are smothered with this stuff. (I know, I’m a horrible adult) :)

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