Why I love this easy stir fry sauce
Stir fry has been a go-to recipe for me since long before we went dairy free, and I normally make up the sauce as I go. A little soy sauce (reduced sodium), a little garlic. Whatever I feel like adding, or I’d resort to a bottle from the store.
But I found myself reaching for the same ingredients each time I made it, so I decided finally write it down, and eventually, I realized that I could make the sauce ahead of time.
It makes for a super quick dinner, and a relatively healthy one, too.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this stir fry sauce recipe
How to make homemade stir fry sauce
Mix the ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the stir fry sauce ingredients until they’re smooth. Get rid of all the lumps now or there will be no saving it later.
Simmer the sauce. You can either do this in a saucepan (make ahead) or in the pan with your partially cooked stir fry. Over medium-high heat, the sauce will begin to thicken within 5 minutes. Make sure the stir frequently to prevent it from clumping or burning.
If you’re making the sauce ahead of time, transfer it to an air-tight container (I usually use a mason jar) and store it in the fridge for up to a week. Or freeze for up to a month.
FAQ’s and tips for making basic stir fry sauce
This stir fry sauce is excellent for just about anything! It tastes great when used with vegetables and meats like pork and chicken. Your options are pretty limitless.
Mix a small amount of cornstarch and water in a bowl until it’s completely incorporated and then add it to your sauce. Cook over medium heat until its thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and the mixture will thicken even more as it cools.
Adding stir fry sauce like this recipe helps to add a bunch of flavor, but you can get even more out of your dish by adding in a little sugar, lemon juice, or coconut oil for frying the meats/veggies as this helps to bring out the natural flavors and depth a little more.
Stir fry can be made up of just about anything, but some of the more popular items to include are bell peppers, water chestnuts, onions, carrots, snap peas, broccoli, asparagus spears, and garlic.
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If you’re looking for a simple and easy stir fry sauce recipe then you are going to flip for this sauce. With rice vinegar, garlic, brown sugar, and a few other ingredients you are going to have a flavorful sauce that is perfect for mixed vegetables or pork.
- 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 – 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
To make ahead:
- Whisk stir fry sauce ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
- Heat a saucepan to medium-high.
- Add sauce and heat until thickened, whisking as needed, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a storage container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
To use immediately:
- Whisk sauce ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
- Add to your favorite stir fry recipe as needed. Allow sauce to cook with your stir fry until thickened.
- Category: Condiments
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Chinese
- Serving Size: about 1/4 cup
- Calories: 50
- Sugar: 2 g
- Sodium: 477.7 mg
- Fat: 2.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 6.5 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 1.4 g
- Cholesterol: 0.3 mg
Keywords: dairy free, stir fry, takeout, homemade, sauce
Last Updated on April 2, 2022 by Melissa Belanger
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