Trinidad Style Browning Sauce Recipe

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Trinidad Style Browning Sauce dripping from a spoon

Browning Sauce is a local caramelized brown sugar that adds that distinct dark brown color to certain Caribbean dishes. Unlike molasses, which is a byproduct of the sugar-making process, browning is made from granulated sugar. The crystals are cooked down and diluted to create a syrup consistency which is then used to add flavor and color to both sweet and savory dishes.   

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Time & Serves

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Serves
1 Bottle

Ingredients

  • 100g Brown or Granulated Brown Sugar

  • 125 ml Hot Water

  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Molasses

Instructions

In a saucepan, place the sugar on medium-low heat and stir with a wooden spoon as it melts. Be careful with this process as the sugar can burn very easily and if it burns, it will be too bitter.

Arial of sugar in a pot on a stovetop

As the sugar melts, it will begin to turn dark brown with bubbles and eventually foam.

Sugar being stirred in a pot

When this foaming begins, remove from the heat and slowly add the HOT water to the sugar mixture.

Sugar foaming a pot

Be careful when adding the water as the mixture is known to spit and splatter at this time.

Water being added to a pot of sugar

Continue to stir and add water until you have reached a silky syrup-like texture.

Pot of browning sauce being stirred

Allow the mixture to cool before storing it into a bottle. Use this mixture to add color and flavor to your stewed meats, pelau, or black cake.

Pot of browning sauce cooling in a pot

Optional: You can add molasses to the browning before storing to add a little depth of flavor.

Molasses being added to browning sauce with a spatula
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Rachael Ottier Hart
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Join Rachael on a global culinary journey. With a passion for travel and diverse cuisines, she crafts recipes that weave flavors, scents, and stories into each dish, igniting your wanderlust with every bite.

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