Low salicylate teriyaki sauce.
One of the things that I’ve noticed in the month or so that I’ve been following a low salicylate diet is how easy it is to get stuck in a rut of bland and unseasoned food. Since most herbs and spices are off the list because of salicylate content, one has to get really creative when it comes to flavoring. Thankfully, one of my all-time favorites is already low in salicylates: teriyaki sauce.
According to the RPAH list that I follow, soy (or tamari) sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, and arrowroot powder are all in the low to negligible category for salicylates*. When combined, they make for a delicious sauce to serve over chicken, meatballs, veggies, and whatever else tickles your fancy.
This low salicylate teriyaki sauce has saved me on more than one occasion and happily breaks up the monotony of plain chicken or steak. I love it as a sauté sauce for chicken and green beans and find it to be perfect for Asian-style meatballs served with plain sushi rice and green beans (I’ll have to share a recipe for that next!).
Do you have a go-to sauce? What are your favorite ways to add a little zing (or flavor) to your meals?
LOW SALICYLATE TERIYAKI SAUCE
- ¼ cup tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp sugar or maple syrup
- 1-2 tsp arrowroot powder
- 1 tbsp water
- Combine the tamari, rice vinegar, and sugar in a small bowl or measuring cup and stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the arrowroot powder and water so that there are no lumps.
- Pour the arrowroot slurry into the tamari mixture and stir to combine.
- You can either warm over the stove in a small saucepan or in the microwave. For the stovetop: heat on medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken. For the microwave: cook on high power in 30 second intervals until the sauce thickens.
- Serve atop your favorite protein, veggies, or stir fries. I find this amount gets me 1-2 servings or a stir fry for 2.
*This recipe for low salicylate teriyaki isn’t recommended for the elimination phase of the RPAH / FAILSAFE Elimination diet since tamari contains natural forms of glutamate and amines. If you have passed the amine and glutamate challenges, feel free to enjoy!