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Stir Fry Sauce Recipe

The only stir fry sauce recipe you will ever need. This simple recipe goes with everything! Find out how to make homemade stir fries taste delicious every time.

stir fry sauce in a mason jar

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

I love takeout Chinese food, but it bothered me to no end that I could not figure out how to make my own stir fry recipes as equally delicious.

cornstarch, soy sauce, and sesame oil

This easy stir fry sauce recipe was born out of years of searching for something delicious.

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

Every time I would be excited to find another one to try, only to wish I had just ordered takeout instead.

Store bought sauces were always missing that extra punch of flavor.

mason jar with shaken up stir fry sauce in it

I knew there had to be a way to make a simple and easy stir fry sauce recipe that wasn’t time consuming and didn’t require any crazy out there ingredients.

I wanted a recipe that was foolproof, and easy enough to make frequently.

a bowl of stir fry vegetables over white rice
step by step photos of making the stir fry sauce
garlic onion and ginger

I have one recommendation, and that is to always use this together with fresh garlic and fresh ginger. Do not skip this.

These are not a part of the sauce, but they are part of the stir fry you will make.

broccoli in stir fry sauce

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!

skillet filled with mushrooms, carrots, green onions, bell peppers, garlic, and ginger

Otherwise, the possibilities are endless!

Any veggie or protein, you name it.

Stir fry is a great way to clean out your fridge.

Just add what sounds good, throw in fresh ginger and garlic, then pour in this sauce and you’re golden.

stir fry noodles, tofu, and vegetables in a skillet coated in stir fry sauce

Proteins to use with this
stir fry sauce

  • chicken
  • beef
  • tofu
  • chickpeas

No matter if you are a meat eater, vegan, or a vegetarian, this stir fry sauce is adaptable to fit your needs!

Stir fry vegetables recipe cooked in stir fry sauce

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.

I have tested this easy stir fry sauce time and time again and it is always incredibly delicious.

broccoli with garlic sauce over white rice in a bowl

The best part is that you can make it in 60 seconds!

Just add your soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch to a mason jar and shake to combine.

asian mushroom ramen noodles cooked in stir fry sauce
the easiest stir fry sauce recipe

This was way too salty. What did I do wrong? 

FAQ

You used too much sauce. 

This recipe is highly concentrated and you should just add a little at a time unless you are using one of my stir fry recipes that I know will use an entire batch of sauce. 

This recipe will make enough to properly flavor and salt and entire 6 – 8 serving stir fry WITH unsalted rice or noodles. 

I used ginger powder and garlic powder
and this came out bland

Powdered spices are not a good idea in stir fry.

For best results, you need to use fresh minced garlic and ginger for ultimate flavor!

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 stir fry sauce.

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Yield: 6 - 8 servings concentrated

Stir Fry Sauce Recipe

how to thicken stir fry sauce

Easy and delicious stir fry sauce recipe made with soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Use this simple stir fry sauce recipe with fresh ginger and minced garlic for the perfect flavor!

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

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari (use gluten free to make this sauce gf)
  • 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 sauce and heat an additional 3 - 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Serve immediately
  4. READ THIS RECIPE NOTE - this is intended to cover 6-8 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!

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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Rose Campbell

Thursday 10th of September 2020

This sauce was the absolute bomb!! My husband and I LOVED it!! It was so good I made it two days in a row!! The fresh ginger and garlic complete the stir fry, just as you said. Thanks a million for sharing!!

Joy Shull

Friday 11th of September 2020

yay! thanks for sharing Rose!

Tina

Thursday 13th of August 2020

Simply.The.Best....thank you!

Michelle

Sunday 28th of June 2020

Is it necessary to use the low sodium gluten-free soy sauce?

My Moor

Sunday 28th of June 2020

Excellent stir fry sauce, put it squirt bottle and stored in fridge. ... 2 chicken thighs, debone, cut in strips, marinated w/ little soy and cornstarch ovenight. Used a wok, saute chicken ... add minced garlic and minced ginger ... 1 white onion, diced ... saute ... added cut up ... julienne carrots, green beans, zucchini - yellow and green, baby asparagus ... stir .. added Sauce ... added more minced garlic and ginger. Taste if need more Sauce. So easy and tasty .. Serve over brown rice. Yummy and healthy. Oh yes, sprinkled little brown sugar while cooking. thank you for sharing your Sauce.

Heather

Thursday 23rd of July 2020

Your recipe sounds awesome! I'm a vegetarian, soon to be a vegan if all goes as planned, but I cook for my family and love using easy recipes including vegetables. Your recipe sounds like it's got a lot of flavor, thanks for sharing!

Jo

Sunday 5th of July 2020

That sounds yum but how come Americans always find the need to add sugar to everything?

Karen M.

Thursday 25th of June 2020

Many thanks! This was an easy sauce and it worked out beautifully. Per our family's tastes, I decreased the sesame oil just slightly.

Eva

Thursday 6th of August 2020

Have you tried it without the sesame oil? I can’t have oil so any suggestions