Unfortunately Thai food can often equal sugar. Most bought stir-fry sauces will have a sugar of some form and many recipes online will call for you to add some.
However do you LOVE Asian flavours? What to do if you’re trying to shift to a lower sugar diet and lifestyle?
My love of Asian flavours
I had this dilemma for a while because I absolutely love Asian food and flavours. I practically lived off Thai green curry when backpacking around Thailand a few years ago and I used to often cook stir-frys because they could be super low fat, quick, easy and healthy (or so I thought). I would always use a bought sauce and hence be consuming hidden sugar.
However, since going low sugar and becoming aware of the sweetened nature of sauces, I have to say I moved away from stir-frys as a regular weekly meal – they became more one-off and I’d attempt at making a sauce DIY (please comment below if you use or know of any great sugar-free stir-fry recipes).
I decided to get Asian flavour in through other means and so here’s a recipe for Thai sesame pork burgers that gets some Asian flavour in without the need for sugar. I’ve also got an Asian dressing recipe that does the same.
Thai sesame pork burgers
Recipe adapted from Fitter Food
Makes 6 burgers
- 500g pork mince
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger (about a thumb sized piece)
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 cloves garlic
- juice of a lime
- 1 large handful fresh coriander
- 1 fresh green chilli, chopped
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark and line a tray with baking parchment.
- Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and with clean hands, mix everything together thoroughly.
- Shape the mixture into 6 size burgers and place on the lined tray
- Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes
Note: You may notice a layer of fat that lines the tray after baking – don’t worry this is normal!
- Sautee some pak choi in coconut oil or sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds
- Add cold to a salad for a serious protein boost
- Slice some cucumber and chop some red pepper on the side and add some sesame oil or Asian style salad dressing
What do you do when it comes to Asian food and sugar? Any recipes or stir-fry sauces you’ve found that help? Share the love in a comment below or let me know how you go with this recipe.