oyster sauce


A dark-brown sauce consisting of oysters, brine and soy sauce cooked until thick and concentrated. It's a popular Asian seasoning used to prepare myriad dishes (particularly stir-fry dishes) and as a table condiment. Oyster sauce imparts a richness to dishes without overpowering their natural flavor. It's available in many supermarkets and all Asian markets.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

Next Up

A Beginner's Guide to Eating Oysters

Hear from executive chef Josh Capon about the ins and outs of oyster shucking and slurping.

Woman Bites Into Oyster, Finds 51 Pearls

A diner at a Tennessee restaurant was surprised to find 51 pearls in a single fried oyster.

A Guide for Buying and Cooking Oysters

What you need to know about oysters.

Improve Your Sauce

Swirl a few tablespoons of cold butter into a pan sauce before you serve it—you'll be amazed by how it improves the texture.

Surprising Asian Sauce Hacks

A primer on Asian sauces, plus how to use them without adding sky-high amounts of sodium to your diet.

50 Caramel Sauce Treats

Food Network Magazine dreamed up dozens of new ways to use a jar of caramel sauce. 

Taste Test: Cranberry Sauce

A taste test of store-bought cranberry sauces.

Make a Boozy Sauce

You don't have to be a chef to look cool in the kitchen: Fire up your pan with these sauces.

How to Freeze Sauces

Have Sunday gravy any night with these freezing tips.

Related Pages