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How Do You Thicken Stir Fry Sauce?

You might ask, “How Do You Thicken Stir Fry Sauce?”, and I have an easy answer for you! It is super simple and the only way that I make stir fry sauce now. 

Stir Fry Sauce

If you’ve ever tasted stir fry sauce and wondered how you could make it at home, you are not alone. A few years ago, I had just about given up on finding a stir fry sauce recipe that I could make at home that would taste as delicious as takeout.

That’s when I came up with a super simple homemade sauce that I use for every stir fry that I make.

Use this recipe like I do, and you’ll have a back pocket staple that you can use weekly. You can change up your stir fry ingredients to never get sick of it!

My favorite way to use it? To make stir fry vegetables or broccoli with garlic sauce!

From 30 minute chickpea stir fry to Garlic Tofu Broccoli and more, it is perfect in every stir fry recipe.

For the stir fry sauce you will need:

  • Soy sauce (use gluten free to make the recipe gf)
  • Sesame oil
  • Cornstarch

 

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

How Do You Thicken Stir Fry Sauce?

The cornstarch acts as the thickener in this homemade stir fry sauce. To make the sauce, simply add all ingredients to a jar and shake.

The sauce will not be thick at this point, but the cornstarch will be mixed in with the soy sauce and sesame oil, making it ready to do it’s magic.

how to thicken stir fry sauce

Cornstarch is my thickener of choice. I love that it is a thickener all on it’s own, and I do not have to make a roux, or do anything but simply add it for thickness. I use cornstarch in stir fry sauce, in cheddar cheese sauce, and in nacho cheese sauce too. It’s also naturally gluten free and is a great way to make your favorite recipes if you have a gluten intolerance.

How Do You Use Stir Fry Sauce?

Now you’re saying, “ok, ok I’m sold. Now how do I use it?” The answer is simple!

First, you will cook your protein of choice and your vegetables until the protein is done and the veggies are cooked to your liking.

Make sure to use both fresh minced garlic and ginger in every stir fry, as this really makes the flavors pop. This is very important to the taste of the stir fry.

For me, I like to leave my vegetables with a little bit of crunch, so I will cook them a little less time, then finish off cooking them in the sauce.

how to thicken stir fry sauce

Once everything is cooked, you will add the sauce and leave the burner on medium heat. Use a spoon to stir your sauce into the stir fry.

In about 3 – 5 minutes, the sauce will get super thick and stick to your veggies and you can remove your stir fry from the heat. You’re ready to eat!

We love eating stir fry at least twice a month. Once I finally figured out the perfect method, it has become a staple dinner for us. I also highly recommend investing in a rice cooker.

Between homemade thick stir fry sauce and fluffy sticky rice, you’ll feel like you are eating takeout!

Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce recipe – this is so easy to make and the stir fry sauce is only 3 ingredients! Tastes just like takeout. #broccoliwithgarlicsauce #stirfry #stirfrysauce #broccolistirfry #vegan #vegetarian #sidedish #chinese

Stir fry recipes are also great for vegetarians and vegans. Use tofu or chickpeas for protein, and vegetables of choice for a filling and healthy meal. If you can find pre cubed tofu, it’s even faster to make.

What are the best vegetables to put in stir fry?  Use this guide next to build your stir fry!

Recipes to make with stir fry sauce: 

 

 

Quick and easy roasted mushrooms recipe. Perfect healthy side dish! #sidedish #roastedmushrooms #vegan #meatless #mushrooms #dinner #vegetables
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DEBRA

Sunday 19th of April 2020

I want to use the stir fry sauce, but I would like to know the measurements of the three ingredients. Thank you

Joy Shull

Monday 20th of April 2020

The instructions and amounts are in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post :) https://buildyourbite.com/3-ingredient-homemade-stir-fry-sauce-recipe/

Roxie

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

I have never sent in a comment ever but just had to this time. In my opinion, this is the best and I might add, the easiest sauce recipe I have ever came across. The stir fry recipe was “out of this world”. Your comments are instructive and easy to follow. So glad I came across your site.

Joy Shull

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe Roxie!

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