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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What is stir-fry sauce made of? ›

Stir fry sauce is a combination of sauces that is used to bring out the flavors of an Asian stir fry. It usually contains a combination of ingredients such as soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and garlic.

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? ›

Food & Dining

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.

How do you make stir fry taste like a restaurant? ›

How do I make stir fry like in an asian restaurant?
  1. Use a hot seasoned wok. ...
  2. tenderize/velvet your meat by letting it sit in a egg white/corn starch mixture before boiling/deep frying. ...
  3. Cook your meals on high heat and do not add too much at once.
Jul 24, 2016

What gives stir-fry flavor? ›

acid- lemon or lime juice add a touch of sourness, building in flavor complexity that balances the salty and sweetness. aromatics- ginger and garlic are commonly used to build aroma and depth of flavor into your stir fry sauce.

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 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.

What does cornstarch do in stir fry sauce? ›

You can thicken stir fry sauce by adding a teaspoon of cornstarch to a tablespoon water mixture. Continuously stir the sauce until the sauce thickens. Turn off heat right away and presto, you have a thick stir fry sauce.

What can I use instead of soy sauce in a stir-fry? ›

7 Soy Sauce Substitutes That Are As Good As the Real Thing
  • Tamari.
  • Coconut Aminos.
  • Fish Sauce.
  • Miso Paste.
  • Balsamic Vinegar.
  • Worcestershire Sauce.
  • Oyster Sauce.
Jun 6, 2023

What should you not put in a stir-fry? ›

"Tomatoes should never go in a stir fry — not at all." Chef Natasha Ford adds that they're too mushy. "They would just make your stir fry soupy," she says. "If you really want to use them, keep them as fresh and uncooked as possible.

How to stir-fry for beginners? ›

How to Stir-Fry in 8 Steps
  1. Make a stir-fry sauce. ...
  2. Marinate your protein. ...
  3. Have your mise en place ready. ...
  4. Heat your wok. ...
  5. Start with the protein. ...
  6. Add aromatics. ...
  7. Cook the vegetables. ...
  8. Coat with sauce.
Nov 10, 2021

How do you elevate a stir-fry? ›

8 Tips to Make Your Stir-Fry More Exciting
  1. Nuts and seeds. Peanuts might already be regular stir-fry toppers, but it's time to expand your nutty horizons. ...
  2. Fresh ginger. Ginger will add some serious zing to your stir-fry. ...
  3. Put an egg on it. ...
  4. Marinate your protein. ...
  5. Skip the rice. ...
  6. Vinegar. ...
  7. Seaweed. ...
  8. Fresh herbs.
Aug 21, 2015

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

Stir fry ingredients
  • Olive Oil.
  • Vegetables: red bell pepper, yellow bell peppers, sugar snap peas, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn, water chestnuts.
  • Sauce: soy sauce, garlic cloves (minced), brown sugar, sesame oil, chicken broth, cornstarch.
  • Garnish: green onions and sesame seeds.
Sep 1, 2019

What's the difference between stir fry sauce and hoisin sauce? ›

Hoisin is very bitter. Stir-fry sauce is very salty. It may be true that both are fermented, though hoisin maybe comes from bean curd and soy sauce is from wheat I think.

What is the difference between stir fry sauce and teriyaki sauce? ›

What is the difference between teriyaki sauce and stir fry sauce? Teriyaki sauce has a lot more sugar added along with other ingredients like mirin. Stir fry sauce in its simplest form is just soy sauce, cornstarch, and broth.

What does stir fry sauce taste like? ›

It has a wonderful balance of sweet, spicy and salty flavors, and it includes one secret ingredient that adds flavor and thickens the sauce. It's important to have a thick stir fry sauce, so that it sticks to all of the delicious ingredients in your stir fry.


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