If you’re looking for a sauce that makes any vegetable or basic Buddha bowl taste amazing, try this recipe. Crack sauce! This tahini soy dressing recipe is easy to make and will quickly become a staple in your kitchen.
Whenever I don’t know what to make, I whip up this crack sauce recipe! If you have no idea what crack sauce is, I understand. Crack sauce is a tahini soy dressing that makes it look amazing…or like crack! This crack sauce recipe was shared on my Beginners to Plant Based Food Prep YouTube video and everyone who tries it loves it as much as we do! We like to drizzle it in a Buddha bowl or pair it with tempeh bacon in a veggie wrap. If you prefer a more Mediterranean flavor, they must check out my Lemon Tahini Dressing!
Why you’ll love this recipe!
- If you have a hard time eating your veggies, this crack sauce is sure to help! it is Anything and everything tastes amazing!
- This is the sauce Comes together in minutes Thanks to the pantry staple. I always have all the ingredients for this sauce, making it the perfect weeknight sauce for simple Buddha bowls.
- If tahini isn’t your favorite food, but you want to give it a go, this sauce will get you started. One is made by mixing tahini with soy sauce, maple syrup and other spices A flavor-packed sauce that most people enjoy!
- tahini – Tahini forms the base of this crack sauce recipe, so it’s important that you find a tahini that you enjoy on your own. For a good starting point on which tahini you should try, you can read the section below titled “Which Tahini Brands Are Best?”
- I am Willow – Soy sauce adds a lot of umami flavor and saltiness to this dressing. I always use low sodium soy sauce so I can control the saltiness in my recipes. You can always add more salt, but you can’t take it away.
- Rice vinegar – Rice vinegar is often used in Asian cuisine. It adds the sour flavor you’re looking for in a well-rounded sauce. You should be able to find rice vinegar in the spice section or Asian section of your grocery store.
- Maple syrup – Maple syrup adds some sweetness to this sauce. You won’t use too much, but it helps balance the saltiness from the soy sauce and the bitterness from the tahini.
- sesame oil – Sesame oil adds more flavor to this tahini soy dressing and a little goes a long way!
- garlic – I always try to use fresh garlic when I make homemade sauces and dressings. Just be sure to mince the garlic to avoid getting large chunks of raw garlic in your sauce.
- ginger – Ginger is a common ingredient in Asian sauces so I had to include it in this crack sauce recipe. I like to peel fresh ginger root and grate it with a grater or zester. This way the ginger is very fine and essentially dissolves in the sauce.
See recipe card for full list of ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions and Alterations
- I am Willow – If you can’t eat soy, you can try coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. You may want to cut back on the maple syrup a bit as I find the coconut aminos to be sweeter.
- Rice vinegar – Rice vinegar adds sourness to the sauce. If you don’t have that on hand, I’d try using fresh lime juice or plain white vinegar instead.
- Maple syrup – Agave, brown rice syrup, or honey, if you’re not vegan, all make good substitutes for maple syrup. Even brown sugar will work!
- Fresh garlic and ginger – Whenever I am out of fresh ginger and garlic, I just add a few dashes of dried garlic and ginger. I always have those on hand in my spice cabinet.
How to Make Crack Sauce
Step 1: Start by gathering the ingredients. Grate your fresh ginger and mince the garlic. Combine everything, except the water, in a jar and shake well to combine.
Step 2: Stir in the water, one splash at a time, until the dressing reaches your desired consistency.
Thanks to the rice vinegar and salt, this dressing should last up to a week in the fridge. Simply make it and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. At the end of the week, smell it before use to make sure it has gone off.
- Use the best quality ingredients you can find, especially when it comes to tahini. If you don’t like tahini on its own, you probably won’t enjoy this sauce.
- Fresh ginger and garlic make all the difference. Be sure to mince or grate them very finely so that they blend easily into the sauce.
- Everyone’s taste preferences are different. Once you’ve mixed this sauce together, taste and adjust some ingredients as desired. Add more soy sauce for saltiness or umami. And more rice vinegar for tang and sourness. Add more maple syrup for sweetness.
What is crack sauce made of?
As I mentioned, this crack sauce is really a tahini soy dressing.
So as you can guess, tahini and soy sauce are the main ingredients!
I’m sure you already have other ingredients on hand.
What is tahini?
Tahini is basically the sesame seed version of peanut butter. It is a Middle Eastern condiment made from raw or toasted sesame seeds that have been made into a smooth, ideally cold, butter or sauce. It can be served on its own as a dip or sauce or added to other ingredients to make popular dishes such as hummus or baba ganoush.
Which brand of tahini is best?
My first taste of tahini was not enjoyable. I thought it tasted super bitter! Looking back, I guess the brand of tahini I tried wasn’t the best. Now of course I could drink a glass full of good quality tahini! Fortunately, good brands of tahini are now easy to come by.
You will be able to find tahini here:
- Your local grocery store
- An international market/grocery store
My personal favorite brand of tahini, by far, is Ziad and Barron’s! However, there are many brands of tahini that I have yet to try that I’m sure are amazing! For easy-to-find tahini, there’s also Plain True Organic Tahini.
What to eat with tahini soy dressing
We love this dressing on just about anything…hence the name Crack Sauce! But if you need some food inspiration, I’ll share some ideas for how to serve this dressing below:
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Crack Sauce Recipe (AKA the best tahini dressing ever!)
If you’re looking for a sauce that makes any vegetable or basic Buddha bowl taste amazing, try this recipe for crack sauce! This tahini soy dressing recipe is easy to make and will quickly become a staple in your kitchen.
Add all ingredients (except water) to a glass bowl and stir until combined.
Add water to thin until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
Seal the jar and store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Simply make it and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
At the end of the week, smell it before use to make sure it has gone off.
Calories: 138kcalSugars: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fats: 5gMonounsaturated fats: 4gSodium: 200mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg