Easy Stir Fry Sauce Recipe - Build Your Bite (2024)

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This homemade Stir Fry Sauce is so easy to make! All you need is just 3 ingredients and the flavor is so much better than anything you can buy in the store!

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This is the best easy stir fry sauce!

  • Only three ingredients: so easy to make!
  • Highly Concentrated: a little bit of this sauce goes a long way.
  • Pairs well with any kind of stir fry: Stir fry veggies, ramen noodles, chicken, tofu, pork, you name it. This sauce pairs beautifully with any kind of stir fry recipe

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.

You can find the full recipe and instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here’s what you will need.

What is stir fry sauce made of?

  • sesame oil: toasted sesame oil is more flavorful, so use this if you can find it
  • soy sauce: or tamari
  • corn starch
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How do you make stir fry sauce?

  1. Add the corn starch, sesame oil, and soy sauce to a mason jar.
  2. Close the lid, and shake to combine

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.

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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
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What should I put in my stir fry?

  • Vegetables: our go to vegetables include onion, garlic, ginger, brococli, mushrooms and bell pepper
  • Protein: beef, chicken, tofu, chickpeas, tempeh
  • Noodles or rice: white rice, brown rice, ramen noodles, brown rice noodles, pad thai noodles
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Stir Fry Sauce Tips

  • Make the sauce first: Prepping this ahead makes it easier to add as you need it when making your stir fry. You can either cook your ingredients in this sauce, or add it at the end of cook time.
  • Add a little bit at a time: If you are unsure of how much sauce 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 to taste.
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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. 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!

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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.

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

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“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!”

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

Are you making this recipe? I want to see! Don’t forget to tag me on instagram @buildyourbite and hashtag #buildyourbite with your recipe creations!

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Yield: 6- 8 servings concentrated

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Easy homemade stir fry sauce recipe made with just 3 ingredients!


  • ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • ¼ cup toasted 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 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.


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: 8Serving 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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Easy Stir Fry Sauce Recipe - Build Your Bite (2024)


What is the sauce for the stir fry made of? ›

Whisk the soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sugar and red pepper flakes if using in a medium bowl until combined. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How do I thicken my stir-fry sauce? ›

Cornstarch! In his book How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Mark Bittman recommends mixing 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch with the same amount of water, and tossing this into the stir fry just when it's almost done. It thickens in seconds, picking up the flavors of everything already in the dish and coating evenly.

What are the 3 rules of stir frying? ›

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The first is to cook your protein and your vegetable separately, and combine them only after both are fully cooked. A second rule of thumb for stir-frying: Choose one vegetable per stir-fry. Finally, always remember to add liquid only after everything is more or less finished cooking.

What can I add to stir fry to make it taste better? ›

5. Add flavour.
  1. Herbs: basil, oregano, cilantro.
  2. Spices: cumin, coriander, cardamom.
  3. Reduced sodium or no sodium added broth.
  4. Fresh lemongrass, garlic or ginger.
  5. 100% fruit juice.
  6. Citrus zest.
  7. Lower sodium soy sauces (<600 mg sodium per tablespoon)
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What makes a stir fry taste good? ›

Sauce is essential to a good stir-fry because it adds sweet, tangy and salty flavors to the dish. You can use a store-bought sauce or make your own from oyster sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch and broth. Aim for about 2 to 3 tablespoons per person. (Start with these Asian sauces you need to know.)

What are the seven common ingredients in a stir fry? ›

  • Part 1 of 4:Preparing the Ingredients. Select vegetables to use.
  • Almost any combination of vegetables can be used in a stir fry. ...
  • Bell peppers.
  • Snap peas.
  • Carrots.
  • Water chestnuts.
  • Green or red cabbage.
  • Broccoli, or broccoli rabe.
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What do Chinese use to thicken sauces? ›

Much like French food, which relies on a roux for a perfect bechamel sauce or beef bourguignon and involves butter cooked with flour, Chinese and Cantonese cuisines use cornstarch to thicken sauces. However, it's predominantly added at the end of the cooking process rather than at the start.

Do you have to use cornstarch in stir-fry? ›

While cornstarch is used in China, many Chinese cooks also cook with tapioca starch. In the West, cornstarch is more readily available and generally preferred. The reason why cornstarch is so common is that it adds that perfectly silky texture to stir fries, soups, and sauces synonymous with great Chinese food.

What should you not do when stir-frying? ›

Read on for the 10 most popular mistakes people make when stir-frying… and how to avoid them.
  1. But first… ...
  2. #1: Using the wrong pan. ...
  3. #2: Slicing ingredients too large or thick. ...
  4. #3: Being unorganised. ...
  5. #4: Not getting the wok hot enough. ...
  6. #5: Adding the oil before the wok is hot. ...
  7. #6: Throwing every ingredient in at once.

When should I add sauce to stir-fry? ›

Add liquid only after everything finishes cooking. Once the protein cooks through, add sauce to the pan, and heat through. Drizzle sauce down the sides of the pan with a ladle. If using tofu, simmer for several minutes in sauce before adding veggies.

What is the best oil for stir-frying? ›

So many different oils, the good news is you can stick with what you know – canola is great! The best oils for stir frys are the oils with the higher smoke points. These tend to be the “thinner” oils such as peanut, grapeseed or canola.

What seasoning is good for stir-fry? ›

Ginger. Ginger root is one of the most popular spices used in stir frys. Its spicy zing can really enhance any stir fry, whether you're cooking with vegetables, meat or fish.

Why do you put baking soda in a stir-fry? ›

You can velvet meat and make it melt-in-your-mouth tender by quickly tossing chunks of beef or chicken in about ¾ tsp of baking soda for about 15 minutes before your next stir fry, then rinse and pat the meat dry before putting in the pan.

How do you thicken stir-fry sauce without cornstarch? ›

Combine equal parts of flour and cold water in a cup. Mix it until it's smooth and stir it into the sauce. Bring the sauce to a simmer for 5 minutes. A general rule is use 2 tsp (3 grams) of flour to thicken 1 L (34 fl oz) of liquid.

What is the brown sauce in Chinese food called? ›

There are many Chinese sauces that are brown just a few most common, soy sause, oyster sauce, sweet bean, Hoisin

What sauce do Chinese restaurants use? ›

Chinese restaurants mostly use chili sauce in oil, peanut sauce, and teriyaki sauce in stir fry. While for spices they use garlic, ginger, onions and chili powder to spice up stir fry and gives aromatic flavor to the food, whether it be meat, seafood or vegetable stir fry.

What is the main sauce in Chinese food? ›

Soy sauce (jiàng yóu, 酱油), the most common of Chinese sauces, sounds simple, and for the most part, it is. However, there are many types, each unique to different Asian cuisines (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc.).

What sauce is used in Chinese cooking? ›

  • Char Siu Sauce. ...
  • Teriyaki Sauce. ...
  • Chu Hou Paste. ...
  • Black Bean Garlic Sauce. ...
  • Plum Sauce. ...
  • Soy Bean Sauce. ...
  • Black Pepper Sauce.
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