Coconut-Ginger Sauce: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
Unlike my First Try Friday recipes, this recipe has been worked on several times until I got it perfected. It’s the first recipe I’ve ever created from scratch. (woohoo!) I created it because I wanted to make a dairy-free sauce to serve in hawaiian haystacks.
If you are unfamiliar with hawaiian haystacks, to make them, you layer on your plate rice, chicken in a cream of chicken soup sauce, pineapple, and then a variety of other things. I usually do peas and cheese. I’ve seen others add chow mein noodles. It’s really pretty versatile.
But looking around the web, I couldn’t find any recipes for a dairy-free sauce for hawaiian haystacks. Then I thought to myself that coconut milk would actually go very well with the theme for hawaiian haystacks. I could make a sauce out of that. I then added some garlic and ginger to give it a little more taste.
To make the sauce, you start by whisking all the ingredients together in a small saucepan until smooth. Mine always gets very frothy from this, since I want to be sure there are no clumps of cornstarch.
Bring the milk mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When it’s boiling, turn the heat to low and let it simmer for a few minutes until thickened. To determine it it’s done, dip in a spoon and then run your finger down it. If it holds the line, as in the picture, it’s done.
The sauce will thicken slightly as it cools, so you may want to set it aside for about ten minutes while you prepare the rest of dinner. It will actually thicken better if it’s left uncovered. Still, it stays about as thick as gravy. A thicker sauce with a more noticeable coconut taste could be made with canned coconut milk, though I haven’t tried it yet. I think it would also taste good with some lemon zest.
When making hawaiian haystacks, I would then toss in some cooked, cubed chicken to serve over the rice. I’m interested in trying out this sauce with pasta. Alfredo sauce is one of the things I miss the most about going dairy-free. This won’t taste the same, but it will be a nice break from always using tomato sauces.
Dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free
- 2 cups So Delicious coconut milk (I used vanilla)
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Whisk all ingredients together in a small sauce pan until smooth.
Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until boiling. Let simmer until thickened (about 2 min)
Set aside for at least ten minutes to allow further thickening.
Serves 3-4 people.