Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sticky No Soy Spare Ribs #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Social Nature. All opinions are my own.

I received a coupon for a complimentary bottle of Ocean's Halo sauce*, through my association with Social Nature, and was excited to find the product at my local Whole Foods. I considered the options and picked up the No Soy Less Sodium Soy-Free Sauce.

Then I set about learning more about the company. Visit their website to get the whole story, but it was started by four dads who wanted to create a product using sustainable ocean-farmed seaweed and non-GMO ingredients. Based just up the coast from here, they are now partnering with the Monterey Bay Aquarium - donating 2% of their profits - to allow school children to visit the aquarium for free! So, great product with a great can't beat that.

When I was trying to decide what to make, I figured I'd make a dish that the boys love and just swap out my regular soy sauce with the Ocean's Halo and see if they made any comments. Also, at Whole Foods, I picked up a rack of spare ribs and had the butcher slice them horizontally to about 2" lengths.


  • 1½ to 2 pounds lean spareribs, cut into roughly 1½ to 2" long pieces
  • 1 organic onion, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 3 C cold water
  • 3 T raw, local honey
  • ½ t sea salt
  • 2 T toasted sesame oil
  • 2 T Ocean's Halo No Soy Less Sodium Soy-Free Sauce
  • 1 T olive oil
  • black sesame seeds for serving, optional

Pour water, honey, salt, sesame oil, and No Soy Less Sodium Soy-Free Sauce in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Heat a large saucepan (I used my braiser) or wok and add olive oil.

Add spare ribs and brown on all sides over medium heat, approximately 7 to 8 minutes.

Add in the sliced onions and pour in the water-honey mixture. Bring to a boil. There should be enough liquid to cover the spareribs. Cook over medium high heat until liquid is greatly reduced and sauce becomes thick and caramelizes. This process should take about 30 minutes. Here's what mine looked like. This was after 10 minutes....

This was after 20 minutes....

You will need to be vigilant after about 25 minutes as the sauce is really caramelized and can easily scorch. As soon as the sauce is thick - like molasses - turn off the heat.

Turn the spareribs to fully coat each piece with the caramelized honey sauce. Remove to a serving platter. Garnish with black sesame seeds, if using.

Enjoy! It's that easy. One thing I didn't do was a side by side taste test of my regular soy cause with the Ocean's Halo No Soy Less Sodium Soy-Free Sauce. I couldn't quite bring myself to do that. But I liked the way the product behaved in my recipe and will certainly buy another bottle!

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*Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of Social NatureAs a Social Nature blogger, I agree to use this product and share my thoughts. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Social Nature or the manufacturer of this product.

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