Oyster sauce is savory with a touch of sweetness. It’s the main ingredient to add to any stir fry dish, a condiment to soups like Pho, and also a great marinating sauce to add to any meat. Because of that added touch of sweetness it adds a nice glaze to meats when grilling or broiling.
The first memory that I ever have of using oyster sauce was probably when I was about 9 years old. I was at my grandma’s house trying to cook up a storm of fried rice for me, my uncles (who were my age and younger), and cousins. I knew I needed oil, cooked rice, salt and black pepper in a hot pan. What I didn’t know was what actually made that brownish color in the fried rice that my mom usually made. I remember looking in my grandma’s kitchen cabinets, finding the oyster sauce, and thought maybe I’d give that a try and gave it a good wham for it to come out of the bottle into the hot pan. Gave it a good stir to combine everything and had a taste of it… to my surprise, it was really good. To my knowledge, that was the first tasty fried rice that I had ever made. You never forget your firsts.
Oyster sauce is another ingredient that I must always have in my kitchen and you can find it at your local Asian grocery store or Amazon.
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Recipes that includes Oyster Sauce as an ingredient:
- Rice Porridge (Congee)
- Fried Rice
- Quick and Easy Crockpot Chicken
- Pork Belly Stir Fry
- Hmong Egg Rolls
- Spicy Chipotle Chicken Wings