Asian cuisine has become very popular these days, and millions enjoy and explore Asian flavors in a variety of dishes, cooking styles and recipes. From Thai to Vietnamese, recipes that specialize in Asian flavors are true taste bud awakening experiences. How to make salsa taste exotic? Try these delicious best salsa recipes that emphasize the flavors inherent in Asian ingredients.
Asian Salsa Recipe #1: Roasted Eggplant Salsa
This savory, garlicky salsa which gets toasty flavor from roasted eggplant and blackened garlic and peppers is the perfect pairing to a bowl of coconut rice. For more intense flavor, grill ingredients over charcoal.
2 medium Asian eggplants
8 garlic cloves, unpeeled
3 fresh banana peppers
3 medium shallots, unpeeled
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Pierce eggplants with a fork, and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 22 minutes or until eggplants are very tender. Cool to room temperature.
3. Heat a medium cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, peppers, and shallots; cook for 15 minutes or until skins are blackened and shallots are tender, turning vegetables occasionally to blacken evenly. Cool 10 minutes.
4. Cut eggplants in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp with a spoon. Discard skins; place eggplant pulp in a food processor. Peel shallots and garlic; discard skins. Add garlic pulp and shallots to eggplants. Stem and seed peppers; add to eggplant mixture. Add juice and fish sauce; pulse 10 times or until finely chopped. Stir in 2 tablespoons cilantro; sprinkle remaining cilantro over dish.
Not entire sure about roasting eggplant?
Asian Salsa Recipe #2: Mexi-Asian Salsa
A wonderful fusion dish with advanced and complex taste; very easy to make. Great on seared Ahi Tuna or Asian-flavored fish tacos.
1 (8 ounce) package fresh pico de gallo
1 teaspoon teriyaki sauce or marinade
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 pinch of dry ginger
juice of 1/2 lime
1/4 cup cilantro
1 Thai chile, minced
Want to use your own homemade pico de gallo?
Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and chill for 1 hour.
For the fish:
1. Place a tuna steak in a shallow dish with the teriyaki marinade and allow to marinate for about 10 minutes on each side.Place a grill pan on the stove and preheat on high. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and sear the Ahi steak, about 1 minute on each side.
2. Spread the salsa across a serving dish, and thinly slice the Ahi Tuna, placing it over the salsa. Garnish with cilantro sprig and lime wedges.
Asian Salsa Recipe #3: Asian Style Onion Salsa
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon oriental sesame seed oil
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/8 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup finely chopped sweet onion (Vidalia or Maui)
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion
3 tablespoons red bell peppers, chopped fine
1. Place sesame seeds in a heavy skillet. Stir over medium heat until golden light in color. This takes about two minutes. Cool.
2. Whisk the lime juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, crushed pepper flakes in a bowl to blend.
3. Add the small diced sweet onion, green onion, red bell pepper and sesame seeds.
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Cover and chill. Can make one hour ahead.
Asian Salsa Recipe #4: Thai Banana Salsa
Extremely refreshing. Serve with fish or seafood on a banana leaf with lime wedges. Yum, yum.
2 bananas, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cucumbers – peeled, seeded, and diced
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger root
1 fresh red chile pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Not entirely sure how to chop ginger?
1. In a large bowl, mix bananas, cucumbers, mint, cilantro, ginger, and red chile pepper to make salsa.
2. In a small bowl, blend lime juice, fish sauce, and brown sugar until sugar has dissolved. Thoroughly mix into the salsa.
Great over king prawns: Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Place prawns in the water, and cook 3 minutes, or until flesh is opaque. Top with the banana salsa. Yumbo.
Asian Salsa Recipe #5: Spicy Mango Salsa
The best mango salsa you’ll ever taste: a refreshing, cool and spicy salsa that adds Asian inspired excitement to fish, poultry, pork or tortilla chips! You’ll love it. If you’re feeling adventurous, use fresh cilantro instead of basil for this delicious homemade salsa.
Makes 4 1/2 cups
2 cups diced fresh mango
2 cups fresh peaches, pitted and chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger root
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
2 serrano chile peppers, diced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1. In a large bowl, mix together the mangoes, peaches or nectarines, garlic, ginger and basil or cilantro.
2. Add the chilies and lime juice to taste; mix well. Allow to chill 2 hours before serving.
Check out this version of MANGO SALSA:
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Asian Salsa Recipe #6: Asian Salsa With Baked Wonton Chips
1 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup green onion
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
Combine ingredients and chill.
For the chips:
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
12 wonton wrappers
1. Preheat oven to 375, combine soy sauce, sugar, garlic salt and oil in a small bowl.
2. Cut each wrapper diagonally in half; place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
3. Brush soy sauce mixture on both sides; bake 4-6 minutes until lightly browned.