Heather's Stir-Fry Sauce

"My SIL is a newlywed, and she's turning into quite a good cook -- we have even started sharing recipes. This is HER stir fry sauce, and I love its basic goodness. You can add ingredients (I'll add a few spoonfuls of black bean sauce sometimes, for example) or change them around (I often use brown sugar instead of white, and sometimes I use rice wine vinegar instead of the white). I keep losing the piece of paper I have this scribbled on, so it's time to bring it to Zaar!"
photo by Sackville photo by Sackville
photo by Sackville
photo by Sackville photo by Sackville
Ready In:




  • Whisk all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Add to stir fry just at the end, stirring well into the dish and let sauce come to a bubble.
  • Let simmer until sauce has thickened, then serve.

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  1. A good, quick, and easy stir fry sauce. I added a dash of crushed red pepper, and some garlic and ginger.
  2. This turned out great. I added a dash of ground ginger as suggested by others. Next time will try with some garlic and red pepper flakes as we would prefer more flavor -- agreed it was a little on the bland side for us. Once on the plate, my husband and I added some thai chili sauce/paste to our dishes to customize the heat level. I'll definitely use this one again. We had it with shrimp and veggies over Trader Joe's microwaveable brown rice. Very easy. Thank you!
  3. This is my standby stir-fry sauce ever since I first found the recipe over a year ago. Thank you to Lennie and Heather for such a great tasting, simple recipe. I always can make a last minute meal with this recipe and some frozen veggies & chicken or whatever leftovers need disguising. Perfect! (I do spice it up with some crushed red pepper if the kids are away.)
  4. This recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a stir-fry sauce that was low-calorie and included stuff I already had at home, so this was perfect. I made a veggie stir-fry and added powdered and minced garlic, red pepper flakes and powdered ginger. Thanks for sharing!
  5. This is really, really good. I made a stir-fry with leftover pork loin and some frozen stir-fry veggies, and it was delicious. Thanks for such a great recipe. I made it exactly as stated, and this may become my new favorite lunch!


  1. Used chicken broth in place of water. Added ginger, garlic, hoisin and red pepper flakes.
  2. A good basic recipe, with ingredients that are readily available. I used beef stock instead of water and rice vinegar, but still found the taste a little bland (although my family liked it). Next time I would add some garlic and maybe a little more soy sauce.
  3. Yummy yummy! I had no idea what to make for dinner so I made this sauce and threw a bunch of veggies and stuff in the wok and it turned out great!! Very easy and very tasty. I made mine with beef broth instead of water. Thank you!
  4. Great sauce for a beginning cook like myself! It turned out great, and added a nice (but not too strong or overpowering) taste to the stirfry. I used rice wine vinegar instead of regular vinegar and honey instead of sugar. Thanks so much for the recipe!
  5. Thank you Lennie! This was a good base to start off: I used brown sugar, and Cider vinegar instead...also added ginger and garlic salt. Recommend using broth instead of water for the added flavor. Might try adding melted peanut butter next time too. Yummy, and happy to have a recipe that I can regularly use instead of buying. Will make again!!


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