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Homemade Orange Sauce Recipe aka Duck Sauce

Homemade Orange Sauce Recipe aka Duck Sauce

Next time you want a delicious dipping sauce for egg rolls, wings or ribs rather than stopping in the condiments aisle for a jar of ready made orange sauce aka duck sauce (with ingredients you don’t know and even if you did, can’t pronounce,) instead pop over to where they keep the jams and jellies and pick up a jar of apricot or peach preserves to make this quick and easy homemade Orange Sauce.

We don’t eat a lot of jams and jellies so it’s not something I usually can for ourselves, but if you happen to have your own homemade apricot or peach jam, I quite imagine this would taste even better.

If apricots or peaches aren’t to your liking, you can substitute plum or pineapple preserves. For this recipe I bought organic apricot preserves.

Whichever of those you choose, it’s going to be sooo good!

Much better than store bought and leaps and bounds tastier than those little packets of sauce that come with take out. I used to save those packets, but not anymore.

I must confess that until I decided to make homemade Orange Sauce, aka Duck Sauce, I’d always assumed it was made with oranges. But it turns out it’s called Orange Sauce because of the color of the sauce rather than the ingredients. At least in most of the recipes that I found when I started searching online, oranges were not included.

However, when I was experimenting to come up with a duck sauce recipe that would suit our family’s tastes, the first batch I made tasted okay but was lacking something.

I just happened to have some organic oranges in the fridge, so I added the zest and juice from one orange. That added just the right bit of extra zip to the sauce. And it satisfied my thought that orange sauce should have at least some orange in it. 🙂

*Quick note: If at all possible, please use organic oranges. Oranges are one of the most sprayed crops and since the zest is being used as well as the juice, organic is the healthiest way to go.

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You can use a micro-plane to get the zest off or use a handy little zesting tool like I’ve used below.

Medium sized orange having the zest removed

The micro-plane will give you a very fine zest, while the zesting tool will create longer strips of orange zest.

Homemade Orange Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ½ c organic apricot preserves
  • Juice of one medium organic orange (approximately 3 tbsp)
  • Zest of one orange (approximately 1 tbsp)
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp gluten free Tamari (can substitute soya sauce)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh minced ginger
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
  • Optional: 1/8 tsp cayenne powder (if you like it a little more spicy)

Yield: Approximately ¾ cup of Orange Sauce

Add all the ingredients to a small sauce pan.

All the ingredients for Homemade Orange Sauce in a saucepan

Stir to combine and cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil.

Homemade Orange Sauce that has been brought to a boil

Remove from the heat and pour into a serving bowl. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

Pouring orange sauce into a white flower shaped bowl to cool before serving

Allow the sauce to cool completely.

Bowl of homemade orange sauce set aside to cool

Serve with homemade egg rolls, wings or ribs.

Egg roll being dipped in Homemade Orange Sauce

It’s also delicious as a sauce to serve over chicken, pork or fish.

In the photo below, I’ve spooned it over a roasted chicken leg that’s been cut in half.

Baked chicken leg cut in half topped and placed on a bed of salad greens topped with Homemade Orange Sauce

 

 

 

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Collage photo of a bowl of homemade orange sauce and of an egg roll being dipped in the orange sauce

 

Yield: Approximately 1/2 cup

Homemade Orange Sauce Recipe aka Duck Sauce

Homemade Orange Sauce Recipe aka Duck Sauce

This homemade Orange Sauce recipe tastes so much better than any you'd find in the store and leaps and bounds above those little packets of sauce.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ c organic apricot preserves
  • Juice of one medium organic orange (approximately 3 tbsp)
  • Zest of one orange (approximately 1 tbsp)
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp gluten free Tamari (can substitute soya sauce)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh minced ginger
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
  • Optional: 1/8 tsp cayenne powder (if you like it a little more spicy)

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a small sauce pan.
  2. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Remove from the heat and pour into a serving bowl. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  4. Allow the sauce to cool completely.
  5. Serve with homemade egg rolls, wings or ribs. It's also delicious as a sauce to serve over chicken, pork or fish.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1/2 Tbsp

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 41 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 48mg Carbohydrates: 11g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 8g Protein: 0g
Nutrition information is calculated by an outside service. If you need accurate nutritional information, please take the time calculate it for yourself.

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2 Comments

  • Rachel
    March 25, 2019 8:23 am

    That sounds delicious!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      March 26, 2019 9:21 am

      Thanks so much Rachel. It is really good. The orange zest and juice give it a bit of added zing and the red pepper flakes give it a little bit of heat.

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