Easy Stir Fry Sauce

"A basic stir fry sauce that I've been using for years. I got the recipe from my mother, but I don't know where she got it from. I make no claim to authenticity."
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Ready In:
3 cups




  • Combine all ingredients in a large glass jar with a lid.
  • Screw lid on.
  • Shake well.
  • Can store in fridge up to 2 weeks.
  • Shake well before using.
  • To use sauce: stir fry your vegetables and meat as desired, add appropriate amount of sauce, bring to a boil, boil for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.
  • Serve.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I use vegetable broth instead of chicken? My kiddo is vegan.
  2. How do u make beef stir fry?
  3. Please respond to my question below
  4. I want to know how much is 2/3 cloves garlic minced in teaspoons? I cut the recipe to 1 cup as well.
  5. I'm not sure of what the appropriate amount of sauce to use is. I'll use about 3 cups of cooked rice and 2 chicken breasts cubed with veggies. Any suggestions?


  1. Good basic sauce, with some hot sauce or red pepper flakes it has much more flavor, you can control the heat as desired. With that addition I'd give it 5 stars, but added heat is a matter of personal preference it certainly is quick and easy. I didn't have fresh garlic so I used both granulated garlic and some jarred minced garlic and that worked well. I made a half recipe and found that was enough for 3 generous servings with no shortage of sauce on them. I did stir in just a little of a Yoshida's original sauce into my completed stir fry dish because my husband loves that flavor, but I think this recipe would stand alone very well. I made this recipe with a packet of sodium free beef Herb Ox since it has no sodium and I used low sodium soy sauce and for the vinegar I opted for rice vinegar. I think that may be a must for a good stir fry sauce. I made it into an asparagus and beef stir fry with mushrooms, green onions, fresh Cutie segments and leftover sliced rib steak. I served it over rice.
  2. This was very good, but I thought it was a bit too sweet. I would definitely lessen the brown sugar. I added crushed red pepper and black pepper, and served it with chicken, broccoli, and linguine.
  3. Very good sauce - family said best stir fry ever!
  4. I followed the recipe as written, however I used a 1/2 tsp garlic powder b/c I didn't have reg garlic. It turned out okay. Mine never really thickened up, but it had great flavor. I will probably try this recipe again, and just use more cornstarch next time.
  5. This was really good. All I did was add a little bit of Sriracha to make it a little spicy. This will be my go to stir fry sauce from now on!


  1. I also made it in a sauce pan and cooked it until it thickened up instead of going straight for the bowl. In my opinion simmering in a pan is definitely the way to go.
  2. Perfect base recipe. I added 1 Tbs each: hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, black bean garlic sauce..... and an extra Tbs of minced garlic. delicious. Thank you.
  3. Added more brown sugar
  4. I used half of the brown sugar so that it was less sweet- it turned out great.
  5. Chia seeds, Worcestershire sauce


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