Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pineapple Stir-Fry Sauce

This tangy stir-fry sauce spices up your favorite stir-fry, or can be used as a marinade for your meat. With a hint of pineapple and brown sugar, plus savory garlic and soy sauce, this sauce is perfectly sweet and flavorful.

Pineapple Stir-Fry with Chicken Sausage

Asian dishes are among our favorite to cook. We LOVE anything flavored with soy sauce or teriyaki, and can never get enough white rice. Stir-fry dishes are a staple in our house, however it had actually been a while since we had made a stir-fry, I think we were trying to be good and lay off the rice, but we just wound up making pasta based entrees instead. We. Love. Carbs.

Another thing we really love to cook with? These Aidells sausages. We've tried many flavors (and loved all of them), and cooked with their meatballs. They are chicken, come in a variety of flavors, and are so versatile you can literally stuff them in any recipe. Pasta, kabobs, sandwiches, etc. Do yourself a solid and try them. You can find them at Hy-vee, but they may not be available in all locations. You can also order on their site.

Aidells Pineapple Bacon Chicken Sausage

So, about this stir-fry sauce. I picked up a pack of Aidells Pineapple Bacon sausages (those Saturday samples at Hy-vee nabbed me) and decided I would simply make stir-fry. However, I wanted to oomph up the pineapple flavor in the dish to compliment the sausages. It is beyond easy to whip up the sauce, and even easier to throw everything in the skillet and let it simmer. You can say "hello, dinner" in 20 minutes!

Pineapple Stir-Fry Sauce

Stir-Fry Pineapple Sauce

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 Prep time: 3 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

3-5 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Black pepper to taste
Step 1: Add garlic to a small bowl or jam-sized jar, stir in 2 tablespoons cornstarch and brown sugar. Add the pineapple juice, then the soy sauce. Whisk, or shake jar (with lid), to combine. If making sauce ahead, store in airtight container, or with lid on jar, in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Shake or stir well before using.

Step 2: When ready to cook stir-fry, add sauce to pan while sautéing meat and veggies for stir-fry. Once sauce is added, allow to heat to a simmer, and add additional tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken. Cook until thickened and hot or veggies are tender. Season with black pepper to taste.

If using as a marinade for meat, place meat in Ziploc bag, pour sauce over meat, refrigerate for 30-60 minutes in the refrigerator. Flip bag over once, halfway through.

For our Aidells Chicken Sausage Stir-Fry:
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 package (4 links) Aidells Pineapple Bacon Chicken Sausage
1 package of frozen stir-fry vegetables OR
      1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
      1/2 small onion, chopped
      1/2 cup snow peas
      1/2 cup green beans, cut
      1/2 cup yellow squash, sliced
      1/4 cup water chestnuts
4 cups steamed white rice
1 recipe of pineapple stir-fry sauce
Fresh pineapple chunks on the side

Step 1: Prepare sauce according to recipe.  Drizzle olive oil into large skillet or wok, heat to med-high; add minced garlic and cook 2 minutes, until fragrant.

Step 2: Add vegetables and Pineapple Stir-Fry Sauce, cook until vegetables are nearly cooked through and tender. Add sausage and remaining tablespoon of cornstarch (from your stir-fry sauce recipe) to the pan and cook until sauce thickens and sausage is heated through.

Step 3: Serve stir-fry over fresh, steamed white rice with fresh pineapple on the side.

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Pineapple Stir-Fry with Chicken Sausage


  1. I love the combo of meat + slightly sweet. This sounds awesome.

    1. It was the perfect combo! I don't like my sauces to be overly sweet. If you give the recipe a try, let me know how you like it.