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This is a quick and easy recipe for a classic Chinese white sauce. It goes well with vegetables, fried rice, or noodles.

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How to make chinese white sauce

Chinese white sauce is a light, clear sauce made of stock, garlic, and ginger. It’s thickened with cornstarch and can be used in any stir fry recipe!

Chinese white sauce poured off a spoon into a pot

This Chinese white sauce is a light, clear, delicate sauce that’s perfect for any stir fry recipe! It’s vegan friendly, gluten free, and adds a mild flavor to any Asian dish.

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It’s commonly used as moo goo gai pan sauce and in other dishes that call for a mild, non-spicy stir fry sauce.

Why you’ll love this recipe

Chinese white sauce poured over stir fry

Check out this recipe for moo goo gai pan which uses this sauce!

  • It’s a versatile sauce that can be used with any combination of vegetables and protein!
  • Quick and easy – ready in under 10 minutes and only a handful of ingredients you’re likely to have on hand!
  • Vegan friendly and gluten free – use vegetable stock as the base for a vegan stir fry sauce.

Ingredients you’ll need

Chinese white sauce ingredients in glass bowls with text label overlays
  • Stock – use any clear stock you’d like. It’s the main ingredient for this sauce so whichever stock you use will be the predominant flavor.
  • Cornstarch – this is what thickens the sauce. The cornstarch will make the stock mixture look opaque but it will soon turn translucent and thicken as it boils.

Step by step instructions

  1. Mix the cornstarch with ¼ cup of the stock and set it aside. Then add the rest of the ingredients to a medium size pot and bring to a boil.
sesame oil added to broth to make a clear stir fry sauce
  1. Once the stock mixture comes to a boil, add the cornstarch mixture and keep stirring.
chicken stock boiling in a pot
  1. You’ll see the sauce thicken and become clear. Taste and adjust for seasoning if your stock was lightly seasoned to begin with.
clear Chinese stir fry sauce poured off a spoon into a pot

Ways to use Chinese white sauce

Moo goo gai pan sauce being added to chicken and vegetables stir fry

Use this sauce for making moo goo gai pan, which is a chicken and mushroom stir fry with vegetables.

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When adding it to stir fry, add towards the end when your protein and vegetables are fully cooked. You only need 30 seconds to 1 minute for the sauce to coat the ingredients.

You can also use this as a base for other stir fry sauces. Add flavorings like soy sauce, oyster sauce, and chili hot sauce to turn this into a flavorful brown sauce!

Chinese white stir fry sauce in a glass mason jar with lid

Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. The sauce will set into a gel consistency because of the cornstarch but it will melt when added to a hot pan.

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Variations & substitutions

  • Stock – use vegetable stock to make a vegan stir fry sauce or use chicken or seafood stock to keep this sauce a light, pale color. If you use beef stock, you’ll end up with a darker sauce which would still be delicious!
  • Aromatics – garlic and ginger are the most common aromatics to use but you can also add lemongrass, scallions, leeks, onions.
  • Spices – to add a subtle spice, add a few peppercorns or whole dried chili peppers to the stock.
  • You can also use this as a base for other stir fry sauces. Add flavorings like soy sauce, oyster sauce, and chili hot sauce to turn this into a flavorful brown sauce!

Frequently asked questions

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