how to make a basic stir fry sauce | Family Cuisine

Stir fry sauce is a versatile condiment that can be used in many different types of dishes. This easy stir fry sauce recipe includes soy sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar, ginger, garlic and sesame oil.

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These SEVEN easy stir fry sauce recipes add so much flavor to your dinner! They are easy to prep with pantry staples, and you can even freeze them for later.

Stir fry does not just mean teriyaki (though I do love teriyaki!). There are so many ways to get creative, and the good news is that all you need are some simple ingredients- you probably already have them in your pantry!

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Whether you cook chicken, beef or tofu, these stir fry sauces will add a ton of flavor. Sweet, savory, sour, or spicy, the flavors you can build are amazing. Serve it up with a batch of perfectly fluffy rice to complete your meal!

Recipe video

Watch the video below to see exactly how I prepped four of these Stir Fry Sauce Recipes. It’s so easy! You can find more of my recipe videos on my YouTube channel, or on Facebook.

How to use these sauces

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The recipes in this post were tested using the following ‘stir fry formula’:

  • 2 large chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 4-6 cups veggies
  • 1 cup uncooked rice (2 cups cooked).

You are welcome to increase the amount of meat in the recipe, but I wouldn’t alter the rice without increasing the sauce. The sauce: rice ratio is pretty important 😉

Following this stir fry formula, you are going to get a serving of healthy protein, 3 servings of veggies, and one serving of grains. And a super delicious dinner!

Ingredient notes

  • soy sauce- adds saltiness and umami to the sauce; also adds body. Swap for tamari, coconut aminos or liquid soy seasoning for gluten-free alternatives.
  • sweetener- honey, maple syrup and brown sugar are commonly used; low carb or alternative sweeteners have not been tested in these recipes.
  • 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.
  • spicy ingredients- red pepper flakes are commonly used to build spice in a controlled way; fresh peppers such as Thai red chiles are also used (though their spice levels can be more difficult to control as it varies between chiles). Sriracha is also used.
  • cornstarch– used to thicken some sauces, it helps the sauce stick to the meat and vegetables, enhancing the flavor.

How to cook a stir fry

teriyaki sauce shaken up in 1 pint jar

1. Prep ingredients & sauce- For the most organized and enjoyable cooking experience, shake up your sauce, chop up all your vegetables and your protein up before you begin cooking.

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2. Cook veggies first- Add oil to a large pan and heat over medium-high heat. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until hard veggies like carrots or broccoli are softened. Add tender veggies like bok choy or bean sprouts during the last minute of cooking, to just soften. Remove the veggies from the pan (transfer to a large clean bowl).

3. Cook protein last- Add more oil to the pan, then add your protein (whether chicken, beef, tofu or shrimp). Cook until your protein is cooked through. This will depend on the type of protein you are cooking.

4. Add the sauce and thicken- Once the protein is cooked through, add the sauce to the pan, and heat through. Some sauces which contain cornstarch will bubble and thicken. Add the veggies back, toss everything up, and serve.


7 Stir fry sauces

The ingredient amounts for each sauce is listed in the recipe card below. Here are the best ingredients to use with each stir fry sauce. These are just suggestions! Get creative and use what you have in the fridge.

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  1. Honey Sriracha- protein: chicken, tofu; veggies: bok choy, carrots; garnish: sesame seeds, cashews, green onions
  2. 5 Spice Mango- protein: chicken, ground pork; veggies: bell peppers, cabbage, bean sprouts; garnish: cashews, cilantro, basil
  3. Lemon Sesame- veggies: asparagus, broccoli; protein: chicken, tofu; garnishes: sesame seeds, green onions
  4. Thai Lime & Basil- veggies: protein: beef (steak, ground beef), chicken; peas (snow or sugar snap), broccoli; garnish: BASIL, crushed peanuts
  5. Maple Ginger- vegetables: protein: chicken, ground pork, tofu; squash (butternut, delicata), kale; garnish: cashews
  6. Coconut Sweet Chili- protein: chicken, shrimp; vegetables: cauliflower, green beans; garnish: cashews, cilantro
  7. Hoisin Peanut- protein: chicken, shrimp; veggies: bell peppers, carrots; garnish: peanuts, cilantro

More stir fry recipes

  • Easy Sweet Chili Shrimp Stir Fry
  • Vegan Teriyaki Stir Fry
  • Mongolian Beef Meal Prep
  • Firecracker Chicken Meal Prep

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