This stir fry sauce recipe is easy, healthy, & ready in no time! Smother this homemade sauce over your favorite stir-fried meat & veggies- the BEST!

Allow me to introduce you to the BEST stir fry sauce ever! Yes, it is very necessary that BEST is in all caps. I love a great stir fry packed with veggies and meat, but let’s be honest, the most important part is an amazing, Asian-inspired sauce! This recipe will blow your mind. It’s homemade, easy, and ready in under 10 minutes! Did I mention it’s better than takeout?!

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What Makes this Stir Fry Sauce the BEST?

Now, this sauce may not look like much, but its lack of beauty is more than made up in flavor. Delicious Asian flavors like soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame seed oil, and rice vinegar are all whisked together into a versatile, easy-to-make sauce.  It can be adjusted to be vegan or gluten-free without losing any flavor. Just add all the ingredients to a pint-sized mason jar, close the lid tightly, and shake!

This is really the only stir fry sauce you’ll ever need. It’s quick, and the kind of recipe you’ll want to make again and again! It’s great with chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, and just about every combination of stir-fried vegetables. I just can’t get enough!

ingredients for easy, asian-inspired stir fry sauce

Ingredients & Healthy Swaps!

Soy Sauce: I like to use low sodium soy sauce to make this recipe healthier. If you need it to be gluten free, swap the soy sauce for Tamari (you seriously can’t tell the difference!).

Chicken Stock (or Broth): I use organic chicken stock or broth for this recipe, but if you’re vegan, use vegetable broth. It’s a totally easy substitution that still tastes just as good!

Corn Starch: Many people prefer corn starch because it’s what they have on hand, but a healthier swap for corn starch is either Tapioca Flour or Arrowroot powder. These have fewer carbs and are excellent thickeners!

Honey: Instead of brown sugar, I use a healthier swap like honey. If you want a vegan alternative, simply swap the honey for agave nectar.

Sesame Seed Oil & Rice Vinegar: These are both pretty easy to find! Check your favorite local grocery store if you don’t have any on hand!

Ginger: You can use grated ginger, minced ginger, ginger paste, or even ground ginger (many readers have had success with this!) for this recipe.

Garlic Cloves: Use either finely grated or minced garlic.

overhead view of the sauce in a mason jar

How to Make Easy Stir Fry Sauce

  1. Simply whisk all ingredients together.  Alternatively, you can put all the ingredients in your mason jar (or another container with a tight lid), close the lid, and shake until combined! 

Pro-Tips

  • You can adjust the amount of stir fry sauce you make according to how many servings of stir fry you need.
  • This recipe makes 1-1/4 cups of sauce, which is the perfect amount for a chicken stir fry that serves 4 people with 1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed, 1 head of broccoli, 2 red bell peppers, 1 yellow onion, 1 zucchini, all chopped, and served with 2 cups cooked white rice.
  • If you want your sauce to serve 8 people, simply double the recipe!

Note:

  • When you add this sauce to your stir-fried veggies and protein, make sure to add the sauce last. Allow it to cook for 3 full minutes with the stir fry to give the corn starch or alternative thickening agent time to thicken.

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stir fry sauce made and stored in a wide mouth mason jar

Stir Fry Sauce Variations

With just a few swaps, you can easily make this sauce fit your dietary needs and it will still taste AMAZING!

Vegan: Use vegetable broth and agave nectar!

Spicy: Add red pepper flakes (to taste).

Keto: Swap corn starch for tapioca flour or arrowroot, and monk fruit sweetener, or click here for my Keto Stir Fry Sauce recipe!

Gluten-Free: Use tamari instead of soy sauce.

Vegetarian: Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth!

a hand pouring the best sauce over stir fried chicken and vegetables

FAQs

Is this sauce healthy? Yes! I’ve listed several swaps to make this stir fry sauce recipe healthier and lifestyle-friendly. It’s super versatile and tastes amazing in all the different ways you make it!

How do I store this sauce? Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week, though you will probably eat it sooner!

Can I freeze this sauce? If you have leftover stir fry sauce you can freeze it! Freeze in any freezer-safe container for at least 6 months. Thaw, then use in your stir fry.

How much sauce do I need to make stir fry? This recipe makes 1-1/4 cups of stir fry sauce, which is the perfect amount for a stir fry that serves 4 people. However, If you are serving more people, you can increase the number of servings when you print the recipe below!

Is this recipe keto-friendly? While you can make a few swaps to make this recipe keto, I’ve already created an even healthier version of this oh-so-popular stir fry sauce. Check out this Keto & Whole30 Recipe!

stir fry sauce in a mason jar

The BEST Stir Fry Sauce

This stir fry sauce recipe is easy, healthy, & ready in minutes. It's so versatile, & with a few easy swaps, can be made vegan, and gluten-free! The BEST!
4.72 from 194 ratings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Asian Inspired
Servings 10
Calories 74

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic grated or finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Make The Stir Fry Sauce:
  • In a mason jar (or small bowl), combine all the ingredients. If using a mason jar, I love adding on the lid and shaking to combine. If using a bowl, whisk to combine. Whisk all ingredients together.
    1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce, 1/2 cup chicken stock, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil, 1 teaspoon rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons fresh chopped ginger, 2 cloves of garlic
  • Makes 1-1/4 cups. You can use immediately, or keep refrigerated in an airtight container for 1 week.
  • How To Make A Stir Fry:
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in 2 tablespoons oil, then 1 pound protein of your choice. (Works with chopped or ground chicken, sliced or ground beef, peeled + deveined shrimp, chopped or ground pork, tofu, etc) Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the protein is cooked through. Transfer the protein to a plate.
  • To the same skillet, add in another 2 tablespoons oil and 4 cups of chopped vegetables of your choice. (broccoli, green beans, bell pepper, asparagus, onion, mushrooms, zucchini, etc). Cook 5-7 minutes until the veggies are crisp tender.
  • Add back in the protein, and pour over all 1-1/4 cups of the stir fry sauce. Allow to come to a bubble, which will activate the thickener.
  • Remove from the heat and serve warm over cooked rice, cauliflower rice or noodles.

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Recipe Notes

Keto: If you want a keto version of this stir fry sauce, I have a whole separate recipe for a Keto Stir Fry sauce that is just as delicious and a fraction of the carbs!
Freezing: If you have leftover stir fry sauce you can freeze it! Freeze in any freezer safe container for at least 6 months. Thaw, then use in your stir fry.
Spicy: For a fun kick, add in red pepper flakes, sriracha or your favorite hot sauce! I like to add in 1 tablespoon sriracha for mild spice. Add more if you like it spicier!
Soy Sauce Substitution: In place of soy sauce you can use tamari, liquid aminos or coconut aminos. Same quantity for all substitutions. I find coconut aminos to not be as salty, so you may need to season to taste with additional kosher salt.
Chicken Stock Substitution: You could use any stock or broth of your choosing, chicken, beef or veggie would work. You could even use water if that's all you have on hand. Same quantity for all substitutions.
Fresh Ginger Substitution: In place of fresh ginger, you could use 2 teaspoons powdered ginger. Or leave out if you don't have it.
Corn Starch Substitution: In place of corn starch you could also use all purpose flour or tapioca flour (which is gluten free!). Same quantity for all substitutions.
Honey Substitution: In place of honey you could use maple syrup, agave nectar, white sugar, brown sugar or coconut sugar. Same quantity for all substitutions.
Rice Vinegar Substitution: In place of rice vinegar you could use white vinegar, or skip it if you don't have it on hand. I love the tang it adds to the sauce to balance out the sweetness.

Nutrition

Serving: 4gCalories: 74Total Carbs: 12.1gProtein: 3.3gFat: 1.6gFiber: 0.2gNet Carbs: 12g

Nutrition facts are calculated as a courtesy and not guaranteed.

Author: Natalie Gruendl from www.tasteslovely.com
Keyword asian inspired, easy, healthy, quick, stir fry sauce
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