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Steamy Kitchen: Healthy Asian Recipes {Recipe: Mango Brûlée}

Mango Brulee www.dineanddish.netI hope you all enjoyed my post about Jennifer Perillo’s new cookbook, Homemade with Love. I’m back today, sharing a cookbook by another friend: Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair.

I’m sure you all know Jaden from her blog, Steamy Kitchen, and if you follow blogs at all you’ve probably seen mentions of her newest cookbook, Healthy Asian Favorites, around the internet. This is Jaden’s second book, which follows on the tails of her successful first book, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook.  

Healthy Asian Favorites Cookbook Cover

I’m going to be honest with you… before Jaden’s cookbooks came along, my version of stir-fry and Asian food involved just throwing things in a wok and having no real rhyme or reason to what I was doing. The recipes in Jaden’s two cookbooks all make “true” Asian cooking within the grasp of a typical home cook. I now know what spices and seasonings to use to make that perfect, better than “take-out” quality Asian food.

Healthy Asian Favorites takes traditional Asian favorites and gives them a “healthy” twist. This means the recipes in this book focus on fresh herbs and seasonings instead of heavy sauces, involve techniques that reduce the use of fat, sugar and oils, allows meat in main dish to take a supporting role in dishes instead of being the star and utilizes foods that are naturally gluten light or free. In Healthy Asian Favorites you’ll find recipes that result in full flavored meals that aren’t calorie laden.

steamy-kitchen-rice-bowlWith recipes like Kung Pao Chicken, Pineapple Crab Fried Rice, Vietnamese Rice Vermicelli Bowl (above), and Crispy Rice Patties, you’ll discover this cookbook has something for everyone.

steamy kitchen cocktailAlso, as someone who has enjoyed a cocktail or two with Jaden, I was excited to see she had included several of her favorite drinks in this cookbook. There are so many fun ones, I can’t wait to try them all!

Mango BruleeAt the time when I was flipping through the cookbook, I happened to have a few fresh mangos that the National Mango Board had sent my way, and found this Mango Brûlée recipe in the desserts section. Anytime I get to use my blow torch in the kitchen is a good day, so I decided to give this mango dessert recipe a try! So simple, yet so delicious…Mango Brûlée  is such a flavorful treat I definitley recommend that you try.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into Healthy Asian Recipes by Jaden Hair. You can buy this wonderful cookbook by clicking here and going to Amazon.com or at booksellers nationwide. Enjoy!

Mango Brûlée

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 fresh mangos
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg


  1. Turn on the broiler. Position the rack 6 inches below the heat source. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Cut through the mango on either side of the pit as evenly as possible. (Here is a great video tutorial on cutting mangos)
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle on top of each mango slice. Place the mango slices on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure the mango halves are level so the sugar does not spill out. If you need to, use crumpled tin foil to steady the mango.
  4. Broil for 3 minutes, or until the sugar has caramelized. Alternatively, you can use a creme brûlée torch to caramelize the sugar (which is what I did).
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  1. How elegant. The dessert looks delicious and refreshing!

  2. I love how simple this is – and I need to add this cookbook to my collection!

  3. Oh my goshh!! Like look and sounds incredible! Mangos are my favorite. I need this book!

  4. I want to eat everything in this book!!! Drooling at that Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad photo too!!

  5. Love the idea of bruleed mango–was drooling over it on your FB page last night! This book is going on my wishlist!

  6. So simple, but refreshing too. I’m glad Jaden’s book converted you to the Asian side of cooking, it’s so flavorful!

  7. I won this in a giveaway and haven’t had a chance to cook from it yet! but I think these mango brulees need to happen…like, tomorrow. Such a good healthy sweet treat!

  8. These mangos look great and refreshing. Love Jaden’s book.

  9. Mango Brulee!! So simple and healthy! I love this cookbook.

  10. Any excuse to use my OXO mango splitter! Yum. Just….yum.

  11. This looks so lovely! I love Jaden’s cookbook!!

  12. Hmm, I’m wondering if I can get my Dad to lend me his torch…. (Not sure I should be allowed near one after forgetting to add salt and baking soda just the other day to a recipe, yikes, but we won’t tell him that!)
    Looks tasty; I just realized it’s been a few years since I’ve eaten mango — we used them as the one ingredient ice cream (sorbet?). Pretty styling!

  13. Oh my, this looks divine. I love mangoes, this is something I really need to try out :)

  14. So simple. delicious, and healthy! My kind of dessert.

  15. This looks so delicious! I want to link this recipe to my nutrition blog. I’m not sure of the legal stuff, but would it be okay if I link to both you and the cookbook, as well as put the recipe on the blog? Thanks!


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