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Easy Homemade Stir Fry Sauce Recipe

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Easy Homemade Stir-Fry Sauce Recipe

One of the most popular Asian sauces, the stir-fry sauce, can be easily prepared at home. Read our tips and tricks to make the best stir-fry sauce.

08 June, 2021
Average: 2.6 (7 votes)

serves for


total time

0 HR 30 MIN


Light soy sauce
100 ml
Chicken broth
100 ml
Potato Starch
1 tbsp
2 cloves
30 g
Cane sugar
1 tbsp
Olive oil
1 tbsp
Rice Vinegar
1 tbsp
Sesame Oil
1 tsp

The stir-fry sauce is a very common Asian sauce in American and English cuisine. Made with soy sauce and other ingredients, stir-fry sauce is perfect for flavouring numerous dishes based on vegetables, meat and fish sautéed in the wok. The stir-fry sauce recipe is very simple to make at home and with a little creativity you can create many delicious variations, including pork stir fry and egg fried rice.

The stir-fry sauce gives wok-fried dishes a pleasant umami flavour and an irresistible oriental aroma. Even simple vegetables seasoned with stir-fry sauce will take on a unique and unforgettable flavour. You can prepare the stir-fry sauce in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. In this way, you will always have the stir-fry sauce to hand. Just remember to always shake it before using it. Here is the recipe for stir-fry sauce.

Step 01

Stir fry liquid ingredients

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To prepare the stir-fry sauce, put all the liquid ingredients in the blender then add the corn starch and sugar.

Step 02

Stir fry mixing ingredients

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Blend the ingredients until you get a homogeneous mixture.


Step 03

Stir fry garlic and ginger

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Chop the garlic and ginger and add them to the mixture.


Step 04

Stir fry sauce

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Heat a non-stick pan and add the sauce. Stir and let it thicken.

Once the desired density is reached, put the stir-fry sauce in a jar and let it cool before storing it in the refrigerator.

Step 05

Stir fry

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Shake well before use.

How to Use the Stir-Fry Sauce

Once ready, stir fry sauce is very simple to use. Sauté your favourite vegetables, chicken strips, fish fillets or rice, and when they have formed a pleasant crust due to the Maillard reaction, blend with the stir-fry sauce to flavour.

How to Thicken the Stir-Fry Sauce

The ingredient that allows stir-fry sauce to thicken is corn starch. If you prefer a thicker sauce, add more cornstarch and, conversely, if you prefer a slower sauce, decrease the amount.

Preparing the Stir-Fry Sauce for Immediate Use and Storage

If you do not have time to prepare the stir-fry sauce in advance, you can also prepare it at the moment of use. Blend all the ingredients and add the stir-fry sauce to the wok or pan with the main ingredients. The intense flavour of stir-fry sauce is its main feature and can only be obtained with one or two days of rest in the refrigerator.

The Stir-Fry Sauce is Gluten-free

All the ingredients for the preparation of the original stir-fry sauce recipe are gluten-free and therefore suitable for coeliacs. However, be careful to choose a soy sauce suitable for this type of diet.

Where to Buy Stir-Fry Sauce

Preparing stir-fry sauce at home is really very simple, but if you don't have time to do it, you can buy it in the most well-stocked ethnic food shops.


Once you have learned the basic recipe, you can prepare numerous variations of stir-fry sauce. The preparation process is always the same, here are some ideas:

Lime Stir-Fry Sauce: 100ml low-salt soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of corn starch, 30g ginger, 1 tablespoon of white sesame, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Stir-Fry Sauce with Honey: 100 ml of low-salt soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of corn starch, 30 g of ginger, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Spicy Stir-Fry sauce: 100 ml of low-salt soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of corn starch, 30 g of ginger, 1 chilli pepper, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of olive oil.




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