San-J finds balance between sweet and spicy with gluten-free Sweet & Tangy Sauce

San-J Gluten-Free Sweet & Tangy Sauce
San-J Gluten-Free Sweet & Tangy Sauce

Product: San-J Gluten-Free Sweet & Tangy Sauce – $3.49+

When it comes to sauces that I can trust, I often turn to San-J.  San-J has an entire line of gluten-free sauces with an Asian flair.  And, since it is nearly impossible for me to eat any sort of Asian food outside of the stuff I prepare…it’s nice to know there is a variety of sauces and marinades out there than can help enhance my own homemade dishes.

Well, awhile back I picked up the San-J Gluten-Free Sweet & Tangy Sauce at the grocery store.  I think I had some gluten-free and vegan nuggets in my freezer that I had hoped to use it with.  And then…as it sat in my pantry, I ate the nuggets with bar-b-que sauce instead.  D’oh!  And then…as the expiration date grew closer and closer, my gluten-free and vegan chickenless nuggets were no longer being carried by my grocery store.  So, I was out of luck.  And now…I needed a new plan.  I needed to come up with something to use this sauce with.

And I was drawing a blank.

Until…it occurred to me.


HA HA!  Yes.  I’ve become well versed in the various ways of properly making tofu.  Whether it’s marinading it to grill it, stir-fry it, or just playing around with it…I have been quite successful in incorporating tofu into various dishes.  So…tonight…I was determined to use this sauce.  I don’t like things to expire without at least having been tried.

That being said, this past weekend I made sure we stopped in at Whole Foods for some Twin Oaks Tofu…because it’s the best…so that I could make something with this sauce.  I decided that it would be best to go ahead and do it up tonight.  It’s a Sunday night, which means I had time to mess around with dinner and not feel so rushed, as I often do on weeknights.  So…I decided to make Crispy Tofu Nuggets and serve it with the San-J Sweet & Tangy Sauce as a dipping sauce.


San-J’s Gluten-Free Sweet & Tangy Sauce is a throwback to a Polynesian sauce.  It is a blend of honey, fruit juice, gluten-free Tamari, and some spices, which give it that sweet yet spicy flavor that is just awesome.  It looks like a thin bar-b-que sauce.  And…back when I used to eat meat, the Polynesian sauce was my sauce of choice at Chick-Fil-A when it came to a dipping sauce.  So, it only makes sense that this would be a good pairing for crispy tofu nuggets.  It even tastes like a sweeter bar-b-que sauce.  It was really tasty.  Now I’m trying to come up with other dishes to use it on.  Perhaps I will have some ideas come to me this week as I play around with some homemade veggie burger varieties.

What I loved about this sauce was that it wasn’t too much spice or too much sweet.  It’s the right level of both.  So that it doesn’t detract from whatever you use to dip into it.  San-J is so good about this when it comes to their sauces.  They make the sauce work for the ingredient.  The ingredient still gets to shine and is not outdone by the sauce.  It’s a nice quality of their sauces.  This one, in particular, really stands out.

San-J’s Gluten-Free Sweet & Tangy Sauce serves up 50 calories per 2 tablespoon serving.  This sauce is fat free!  In addition, the Sweet & Tangy Sauce has only 320 mg sodium and 11 grams of sugar.  Given that much of this comes from the ingredients itself…and is not added in…I’m impressed.  Not a bad showing for a sauce.  Especially a sauce of this nature.

So, if regular bar-b-que sauce has you longing for something more, or perhaps you have a dish that needs a great marinade or dipping sauce…I highly recommend the San-J Gluten-Free Sweet & Tangy Sauce.  It is full of flavor and really tastes amazing.  I can’t wait to pair it with something else and use it all over again.  Perhaps some spring rolls should be next on the menu…

Crisp Tofu Nuggets with San-J Gluten-Free Sweet & Tangy Sauce
Crisp Tofu Nuggets with San-J Gluten-Free Sweet & Tangy Sauce

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