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.
If you like this recipe, I know you’ll love my honey teriyaki sauce, too.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
How to make this stir fry sauce recipe
Mix the ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the 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.
Everything you need to know about homeade stir fry
This versatile sauce can be used to add flavor to a wide variety of dishes. Its delicious flavor pairs wonderfully with veggies and meats such as pork and chicken. The possibilities when making stir fry are endless.
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.
This sauce brings a burst of flavor to your dish, but you can elevate it further by incorporating an extra pinch of sugar, a splash of lemon juice, or a dash of coconut oil for cooking the meats and vegetables. These additions enhance the natural flavors and add an extra layer of depth to your meal.
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. Make sure to adjust the sauce quantity to match what you are incorporating.
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- 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
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Published: February 3, 2020. Updated: September 15, 2023.
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