Hot-and-Sour Sauce (Stir Fry)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

This sauce recipe is enough to coat 3/4 pound beef, chicken, pork, seafood, or tofu plus 1 1/2 pounds chopped vegetables and aromatics such as garlic, ginger and scallions. From Cook's Illustrated.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients in small bowl and set aside until needed (Sauce can be prepared a few hours in advance.) Once all ingredients have been stir-fried, add sauce to pan along with any ingredients that have been stir-fried and then removed from pan.
  2. Stir-fry until ingredients are well coated with sauce and sizzling hot, about 1 minute.
Most Helpful

Jalapenos really make this sauce (I was looking for a way to use up the ones in my garden). The only thing I did differently was to mix 1 tb. of cornstarch with 2 tb. of water, and mix it in with the sauce. Will use this one again!Fabulous and easy!

KP in Canada September 14, 2008

I loved this tasty and low calorie/low fat sauce! Simple to make, but wonderful flavour. I left out the jalapenos because I was out and used it for vegetables as a side dish. Love the tang from the vinegar. Thanks, Bev!

Cookin-jo February 04, 2008

I made this up real quick to put with a veggie steak and asparagus stir fry. I did opt to leave out the jalapenos. Love it! Thank you Bev!

Sharon123 January 11, 2006