Chinese Ginger Scallion Sauce

Ginger scallion sauce is a classic Chinese condiment traditionally served on cold poached chicken. But to limit it to a single dish would be a crime. From fried chicken to poke to scrambled eggs, ginger scallion sauce will bring life to your dishes, even those that aren't traditionally Chinese.

Ginger Scallion Sauce

How do you make ginger scallion sauce?

This simple condiment is made up of five ingredients:

  • Neutral vegetable oil (like peanut or corn)
  • Finely minced ginger
  • Finely minced scallion - I tend to use only the white and light green parts, reserving the dark green for garnishes but if you want a more deeply green color to your sauce, use the whole scallion
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt

Mincing the ginger and scallion takes the most time but other than that, the sauce comes together in no time.

When eating dishes with this sauce, I like biting into the minced bits of ginger and scallion. If you like a smoother sauce, you could lightly blend it in a blender or food processor. I would recommend not processing until completely smooth, it should have some coarseness to it.

How do you use ginger scallion sauce?

Classically, ginger scallion sauce is served over cold poached chicken but also works well on roast chicken, and even better on fried chicken. One of our easy weeknight meals is to buy some crispy fried chicken wings and serve them with this sauce.

The sauce is often used in noodles or as a topping for steamed rice and it also makes a great dipping sauce for Chinese crispy skin roast pork (siu ji yuk).

Ginger scallion sauce on chicken
Ginger scallion sauce is delicious on roasted, poached, or fried chicken.

Something I recently learned is to use this sauce as a seasoning for poke. Add some freshly chopped green onion and some sesame seeds and it's ready to eat. Serve the poke on its own or on taro chips for a delicious, casual appetizer.

GInger scallion poke
Ginger scallion poke

In their cookbook, Double Awesome Chinese Food, the Li's recommend putting their version of ginger scallion sauce on scrambled eggs, using it on avocado toast, or adding it to ricotta cheese for a quick dip.

As you see, this is versatile condiment that will lend a tasty pop of flavor to many dishes. Once you try it, I think you will agree.