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Stir Fry Sauce Recipe

Making your own stir fry sauce is so easy. This recipe is perfect for making delicious oriental inspired dinners at home. This recipe is only 3 ingredients and so much better than any store bought stir fry sauce!

stir fry sauce in a mason jar with a lid

The key to the best ever stir fry is in the sauce recipe.

I have tried endless store bought sauces, and none of them ever tasted good enough to get that takeout taste that I was craving.

What I discovered was that all of those sauces were far too watered down.

Stir Fry Sauce with 3 Ingredients

By mixing three basic sauce ingredients together, this highly concentrated stir fry sauce was born.

All you need for bold flavor is soy sauce, sesame oil, and corn starch.

Full amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card, but keep reading this post for important tips and tricks.

jars of sesame oil, soy sauce, and corn starch

How do you make stir fry sauce from scratch?

Making stir fry sauce from scratch is as simple as adding the corn starch, sesame oil, and soy sauce to a jar.

Close the lid, and shake to combine and you are done!

If you do not have a mason jar, simply whisk the ingredients together in a bowl.

step by step photos of making the stir fry sauce

This sauce does not mess around.

It is bold, so flavorful, and a little bit goes a long way.

If you make the whole batch, it will be enough to flavor 6 – 8 generous servings of food.

cornstarch, soy sauce, and sesame oil

What is stir fry sauce used for?

You can use stir fry sauce for just about anything, but commonly used best vegetables for stir fry include

  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Broccoli
  • White or yellow onion
  • Bell peppers, any color
  • Green onion
  • Water chestnuts
  • Baby corn
a bowl of stir fry vegetables over white rice

What should I put in my stir fry?

The classic flavors of this sauce go with any kind of stir fry recipe.

Truly, the possibilities are endless!

Choose your protein (beef, chicken, tofu, chickpeas, tempeh, etc), and choose whatever your favorite stir fry vegetables are.

You can use this sauce to make any kind of stir fry recipe.

mason jar with shaken up stir fry sauce in it

I often make the sauce before I start cooking my stir fry, so that is ready to go when I need it.

You can either cook your ingredients in this sauce, or add it at the end of cook time.

If you are unsure of how much to use, I recommend cooking your ingredients first in sesame oil, then adding this sauce to taste in the last 3-5 minutes of cook time.

Start with a few tablespoons and add from there.

Again, this is a very concentrated 3 ingredient sauce, and a little bit will go a long way!

garlic onion and ginger

What can I add to stir fry for flavor?

I have one recommendation, and that is to always use this together with fresh garlic and fresh ginger.

Do not skip this step.

These are not a part of the sauce, but they are part of the full recipe that you will make.

stir fry sauce in a mason jar

I have found this to be the best way to bring out all of those flavors and I highly recommend doing this.

If you skip this step and tell me that the recipe is bland, it is because you did not add the garlic and ginger!

ramen noodles with mushrooms being pulled with tongs from a pan

How to thicken stir fry sauce

Cornstarch acts as an easy thickener in this stir fry sauce recipe.

It is is a great way to thicken sauces when you want a quick recipe.

There is no need to cook out a raw flour flavor like you would when cooking with a roux.

Most sauce recipes use a corn starch slurry to thicken them.

Instead of that, we are simply mixing it with the other ingredients and once well shaken it will thicken the same way.

stir fry sauce in a mason jar with a lid

I have tested this easy recipe time and time again and it is always incredibly delicious.

cabbage stir fry ramen noodles

“OMG Joy! I have been searching for the true stir fry sauce” for everything “ and this is it! Made shrimp broccoli and mushroom stir fry tonight and and I’m still licking up the sauce from the pan!”

Ramen noodle stir fry with golden oak shitake mushrooms, sugar snap peas, green bell pepper, carrots, green onions, and fresh garlic and ginger.

“I tried this and was amazed by how simple and delicious it was – the whole family approved, which is a miracle. I’m guilty of not leaving feedback when I try a recipe online, but this one was so easy to make (I actually had all the ingredients on hand) and so spot on – not too salty or overpowering like some sauces I have tried in the past.”

tofu and broccoli stir fry over white rice

This recipe seemed to be too easy, but it works better than more complicated recipes. This will be my go to.

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sauce in a jar with sesame oil and corn starch in the back ground

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Yield: around 8 servings concentrated

3 Ingredient Stir Fry Sauce Recipe

stir fry sauce in a mason jar with a lid

Making your own stir fry sauce is so easy! This delicious sauce recipe is just 3 ingredients and comes together in seconds. Perfect for making flavorful stir fries at home.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Add soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch to a mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake to combine
  2. Be sure to use this stir fry sauce with fresh minced garlic and fresh minced ginger in your stir fry (cooked with your vegetables/protein), as stated in the post. This is what will give it the "wow" factor. 
  3. Once your stir fry is mostly cooked, add the stir fry sauce and heat an additional 3 - 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens. This is important, as the corn starch needs a few minutes to thicken up.
  4. READ THIS RECIPE NOTE - this is intended to cover around 8 servings of stir fry, served over UNSALTED rice or noodles. Otherwise it will be too salty. It is a highly concentrated sauce. A little goes a long way! If you are making a small stir fry, start by adding a few tablespoons of sauce at a time until desired saltiness.

Notes

To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten free soy sauce or tamari.

To see examples of how much food this sauce will cover, check out several of my recipes using this sauce. Cabbage Stir Fry, Stir Fry Vegetables, Ramen Noodle Stir Fry

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 66Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Lala

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

It’s amazing!!! Hands down the best stir fry sauce ever and it’s so easy to make! It tastes like it and from the Chinese restaurant!!!

Patrice

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Added a tablespoon of hoisin and a few shakes of red pepper flakes. D’lish!

Mad

Sunday 31st of January 2021

My daughter thought it taste like the restaurant!! Good recipe

Joy Shull

Monday 1st of February 2021

so glad you enjoyed it!

Cheffzilla

Sunday 31st of January 2021

I’ve made 2 versions of this sauce—one just as is and one using hot chili-oil sesame oil, for a spicy variety. They keep in the cupboard—not in the fridge, because there’s no perishable ingredient—for months. Just shake really well before using, as the cornstarch does settle out.

Kin

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

When making the sauce, can you just incorporate the garlic and ginger, at that time?

Joy Shull

Friday 15th of January 2021

Yes, as long as you cook the ginger/garlic for a few minutes once added so that it is not raw. I usually add my garlic and ginger to the other stir fry ingredients while they cook.

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