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Stir Fry Sauce Recipe

The BEST 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.

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 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

What is stir fry sauce made of?

This recipe is made with cornstarch, sesame oil, and soy sauce.

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.

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!

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

the easiest stir fry sauce recipe

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


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

ramen noodles with mushrooms being pulled with tongs from a pan

The only stir fry sauce recipe you will ever need! Be sure not to skip fresh garlic and ginger for that takeout flavor you crave.

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


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


  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!


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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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

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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.


Saturday 2nd of January 2021

How much garlic and ginger do I need

Joy Shull

Friday 15th of January 2021

It depends on how much stir fry you are making. Anywhere from 1 teaspoon each to 1/4 cup each it will depend on the quantity of food you are cooking with.


Thursday 31st of December 2020

If you can find Shoyu soy (Hawaiian soy) sometimes sold in Costco - it is way less salty. I make Teriyaki chicken with it. Much less sodium than other brands.


Monday 21st of December 2020

If I am making the cabbage stirfry recipe this is going to serve 8 to 10 servings, but the stirfry sauce is 6 to 8 serving concentrated am I supposed to adjust the stirfry sauce to the cabbage stirfry? Or will this be enough sauce?

Joy Shull

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

The sauce is perfect for this recipe! One batch is just right.


Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

I make this and I love it.I save money not buying a pack of premade stuff and it's really good.Thanks for sharing!!

Joy Shull

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

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