Recipe: Susan Volland’s Chinese Crackling Scallion & Garlic Sauce

From sauce expert Susan Volland's new book, "Mastering Sauces," this quick and easy Chinese Crackling Chili Sauce is a great way to perk up any number of dishes from fish to grilled steaks, roasted potatoes or greens.

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Salmon is one of the many dishes that Susan Volland’s Chinese Crackling Scallion Sauce can be paired with. (Photo by Angie Norwood Browne)

Susan Volland - Mastering Sauces CoverSauce expert Susan Volland traded in her professional kitchen whites when she realized that home cooking was her true passion. Ever since then, Volland has made a name for herself writing, developing and testing recipes, and editing  books like Nathan Myhrvold’s “Modernist Cuisine” series and many other projects.

With more than 150 recipes, “Mastering Sauces: The Home Cook’s Guide to New Techniques for Fresh Flavors” is a guide for beginning and experienced sauciers alike. The cookbook’s got recipes for the basics and the classics. Volland says any sauce can be customized to suit your taste through following three fundamental principles: “maximize flavor, manipulate texture and season confidently.”

Volland likes to pair her “Chinese Crackling Chili Sauce” with any number of dishes from fish and grilled steaks to roasted potatoes, greens and rice. The chili sauce is best prepared in a hot wok or cast iron skillet to ensure the flavors of your fresh garlic, chili peppers and scallions fully infuse the sizzling hot oil.