You need just 3 ingredients to make the BEST homemade stir fry sauce recipe. Make tasty takeout style Chinese food at home in your own kitchen!
I have been on a several years long journey of exploration into how to make delicious stir fry recipes at home.
The key to the best ever stir fry is in the stir fry sauce.
Don’t get me wrong, I love takeout (like everyone else), but it bugged me to no end that I could not figure out how to make my own stir fry recipes as equally delicious as the sauce that makes takeout so addictive.
I had all but given up when a year ago at Christmas, a family member made us authentic stir fry and I was OBSESSED.
This stir fry sauce recipe was born out of years of searching for something delicious.
I had tried endless store bought teriyaki sauces and stir fry sauces, none of which ever tasted good enough.
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.
I knew there had to be a way to make a simple and easy stir fry sauce recipe that 1) wasn’t time consuming and 2) didn’t require any crazy out there ingredients.
I wanted a recipe that was foolproof, and easy enough to make frequently.
Here is the recipe that I finally came up with, after much trial and error.
Ingredients to make homemade stir fry sauce:
- Soy Sauce
- Sesame Oil
- Cornstarch (to thicken)
THAT IS IT. Life. Freaking. Changing.
(Ingredients and amounts are at the bottom of this post in a handy printable recipe card!)
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.
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!
Otherwise, the possibilities are endless!
Any veggie or protein, you name it.
Just add what sounds good, throw in fresh ginger and garlic, then pour in this sauce and you’re golden.
Proteins that would work with this sauce:
I am a vegetarian, but whether you are a meat eater, a vegan, or a vegetarian, this stir fry sauce is adaptable to fit your needs!
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 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.
I’m a rather impatient cook, and the easier the better when I am trying to get dinner on the table in a hurry!
I love that I can make this sauce so very quickly and throw it in the skillet.
You just can’t beat adding 3 ingredients to a jar, shaking it, and pouring it in.
I mean, it’s almost TOO easy.
The possibilities are endless.
Stir fry sauce reviews
Here are just some of the reviews raving about this recipe.
If you don’t believe me, just scroll past the recipe at the bottom to read more reviews!
From Denise: “I usually do not leave comments on anything but after trying numerous homemade recipes and store bought sauces I have to say this one was the best.
I was very surprised since it was almost too easy. I did add a little honey. Thank you so much. My search is over.”
From Laylay: “I love to cook and have been focusing on finding healthy recipes to feed my whole family, from the toddler, to the tween, to the husband.
I wanted to make a stir fry with veggies and chicken breast, but I needed a good sauce.
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.
I am saving this recipe and I will use it in so many different ways in the future. Thank you for sharing!”
From Michael: “This is a bachelor’s dream. I got on google and searched for “a simple stir fry sauce” and this was one of the choices. I love stir fries and this is perfect.”
What are the best vegetables to put in stir fry?
There are so many choices that I wrote a post just dedicated to this topic!
You can read it here: What are the best vegetables to put in stir fry?
More stir Fry Recipes
- Broccoli with Garlic Sauce
- Stir Fry Vegetables
- Chickpea Stir Fry
- Tofu Stir Fry Noodles
- Broccoli Tofu Stir Fry
- Ramen Noodle Stir Fry
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Best Stir Fry Sauce Recipe:
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons gluten free reduced sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Add all ingredients to a mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake to combine
- 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.
- Once your stir fry is mostly cooked, add sauce and heat an additional 3 - 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Serve immediately
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 292mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g