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7 Best Ponzu Sauce Substitute Options

Ponzu sauce is a classic Japanese dipping sauce prepared from soy sauce, citrus juice, mirin, bonito flakes, kombu, and rice vinegar. It’s a versatile condiment used for sashimi, gyoza, shabu-shabu (hotpot), grilled fish, and meat tatami. While many Japanese restaurants prepare their own, you can also buy ready-made ponzu sauce at most supermarkets. If you …

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7 Best Harissa Substitute Options (Already in Your Pantry!)

Dreaming of that grilled harissa shrimp from your fave Moroccan hole-in-the-wall? You can easily recreate that fiery chili shrimp dish with a harissa substitute, even if you don’t have the paste on hand.  A popular condiment used in North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, harissa packs a lot of heat. If you don’t have harissa …

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5 Best Sweet Soy Sauce Substitutes (Kecap Manis)

Have you ever wondered what gives Indonesian dishes like mi goreng or nasi goreng (stir-fried noodles and fried rice, respectively) their distinct savory-sweet flavor? The key ingredient to making this crave-worthy Asian fare is a sauce known as kecap manis. It even adds the signature caramel color to the dishes. Continue reading to find out …

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7 Best Chili Garlic Sauce Substitute Options

A stellar condiment in Asian cuisine, chili garlic sauce has found its way into American kitchens for its versatility and savory heat. Chili and garlic are the prominent flavors of this aptly named sauce, now used in a variety of dishes.  Offering spicy, tangy, and punchy garlic flavors, this sauce can level up your gastronomic …

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5 Best Doenjang Sauce Substitute Options

Doenjang is a traditional Korean condiment that is used to flavor stews, soups, and to make the addictive condiment known as ssamjang (the orange-red sauce served with Korean barbecue). At it’s core it’s basically fermented soybean paste with a strong umami flavor.  This thick, salty, earthy paste is an important pantry staple, along with soy …

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9 Best Pizza Sauce Substitute Options

Spending more time in the kitchen due to lockdowns the last couple years has allowed me to explore previously-uncharted pizza-making territory. First, there’s a great sourdough pizza dough recipe that I’ve been using to make guilt-free pizza dough from scratch.  Another is exploring different toppings for pizza night. Admittedly, we churn out a lot of …

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