Simple Tastes 4 – a Grown-up Hot, Sweet and Sour Sauce

Asha is back with another quick and easy recipe for busy parents. While our Simple Tastes recipes are aimed at families, sometimes parents yearn for a ‘grown-up’ meal. It’s a great idea to get kids used to lots of flavours when they are little, but there are some dishes that most children will eye with suspicion, including anything too spicy.

This is another Nigella-inspired dish (I have aspirations to be a Domestic Goddess, but, oddly enough, the rush of domestic life gets in the way), but is probably isn’t one for the kids unless your children have adventurous taste buds. What it is fantastic for, however, are those nights when you have given the children something easy for dinner (for we all have fish finger evenings!) but want something yourself that is delicious but hardly little effort. This is the one. Trust me.

To make it really easy, I use pre-chopped lazy garlic, but you can replace with two crushed cloves of the fresh stuff. The same goes for the lazy chilli. If you use a fresh one, finely chopped, go with your taste buds, but it needs to be zingily spicy. Substitute  a thumb sized piece of the fresh stuff, peeled and grated for the lazy ginger.

For the protein you could use two salmon fillets or some peeled king prawns. This recipe works brilliantly with an aubergine, plus some leafy veg such as pak choi or tenderstem broccoli and a splash of oil. And some rice, white or sticky, you need it to be able to absorb some sauce so the brown stuff just doesn’t do it.

spicy sweet and sour


Cook the rice (I do one cup rice to two cups hot water with a splash of oil and a sprinkle of salt, bring to the boil then stir and turn down as low as it will go with a lid on for 10 minutes, but you might have different ideas).

While it is cooking, put a frying pan on the heat and in a small jug, mix all the sauce ingredients. A simple whisk with a  fork will do.

When the pan is hot, add a splash of oil and add your protein or veg.

Cook it, adding the leafy veg near the end.

No salt or anything else needed, though you could sprinkle on some sesame seeds near the end.

Put the cooked rice in a bowl, top with the salmon or other protein plus leafy veg, Pour over the sauce, giving it a stir as you do.

Eat greedily.

Download a printable version of this recipe here

You Might Also Like