This Asian inspired Ginger Sauce is an exact replica of that famous Benihana sauce you love so much. It’s a memorable and tasty sauce that people wish they could bottle and take home. Goes great with steak, veggies, rice, egg rolls or fish!
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If you’ve ever eaten at Benihana or a similar Hibachi-style restaurant, you have likely begun salivating when you dunk a succulent piece of steak into their famous Ginger Sauce. Every time we go to Benihana, I end up dousing my steak, shrimp, veggies AND rice with that stuff.
It is unbelievably addicting. When I decided to go crazy with lunches this week, this Ginger Sauce popped into my head as I tried to think of the perfect dressing for a steak salad.
I wish I’d known sooner how easy it is to make! Wow! And it is SPOT ON.
COOKING TIP: It’s important to note that this sauce can be enjoyed immediately but will taste even better after a day of marinating!
CAN YOU BUY BENIHANA GINGER SAUCE?
According to their site, Benihana prides themselves in preparing the sauce they serve fresh and making it daily. But that’s why we decided to concoct a recipe ourselves and share it with YOU!
Since they don’t share their recipe, we took what we know to be some very flavorful ingredients and tested it until it was the perfect combination of flavors to mimic their sauce.
HOW DO I MAKE MY OWN GINGER SAUCE?
Start with your food processor. I love mine. It’s handy and easy to clean and it’s a tool I use often. Toss in the onions, fresh ginger and liquids so you can come up with a uniform chunky sauce that will be perfect as your condiment for many recipes!
If you don’t have a food processor, then you can easily grate the onion and ginger by hand.
USING FRESH GINGER VS GROUND GINGER
When making these inspired sauce, if at all possible you want to use fresh ginger. Buying a small stalk of the root is very affordable and provides so much more pungency (in the best way) to the sauce.
Substitute ground ginger when needed, but ground ginger is preferably used in baked goods or drinks.
USES FOR GINGER SAUCE
Everything! That’s the best answer. But it’s a great condiment for seafood, steak, pork chops and chicken. Asian appetizers such as egg rolls, wontons or potstickers would taste amazing when dunked in the sauce. You can use it over a salad, enjoy it tossed in a stir fry and also over pasta.
Note that this sauce can be enjoyed immediately but will taste even better after a day of marinating! Use this Ginger Sauce as a salad dressing or pour it over a side dish of quinoa or rice.
Also consider using it as a dipping sauce for Steak Bites, Steak Salad or Grilled Veggies. If there is a food you enjoy dipped in soy sauce, it’s likely it will taste good with ginger sauce, too. It’s versatile!
OTHER FAVORITE HOMEMADE SAUCES!
I’m obsessed with making savory homemade sauces! Down with store bought! Here are a handful of my favorites that you are sure to fall in love with. These all make for great gifts, too!
- Homemade Enchilada Sauce is more delicious than anything you can buy at the store and it is super easy to make. It only requires a handful of ingredients and is done in 15 minutes, with perfect flavor and consistency.
- Alfredo Sauce is super easy to make, done in under 10 minutes.
- A copycat recipe of the famous Arby’s Sauce that makes sandwiches sing! This zingy flavorful BBQ style sauce is so delicious.
- – This homemade Pizza Sauce takes less than 25 minutes to make!
- Pasta Sauce is super easy, meaty and hearty when made in an Instant Pot. Using a pressure cooker to cook pasta sauce makes it flavorful and quick to prepare, but tastes like is has simmered on the stove all day.
- Make your own Taco Sauce to use in a variety of Mexican dishes, such as tacos, burritos and taco salads. Ditch the store-bought version so you know EXACTLY what goes inside!
Ginger Sauce – Benihana Copycat Recipe
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 2 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 3/4 cup soy sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pulse/puree until a chunky consistency is achieved. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
- Serve with a salad, vegetables, steak, shrimp or pour over rice/grains.