Stir Fry Sauce


3 ingredient stir fry sauce that doesn't skimp on flavor

This homemade stir fry sauce is a simple recipe you can use to make your favorite weeknight chicken stir fry. It is so much more flavorful and healthy than store bought sauce. And with minimal ingredients, you can make it in a snap!

An easy stir fry sauce recipe that will soon become your go-to for creating a quick, healthy stir fry you can make in minutes. Just like my teriyaki sauce, this sauce provides loads of taste without the effort or having to use the bottled variety.

pouring sauce into a skillet with chicken stir fry with chopsticks on the side

Make this homemade stir fry sauce with ingredients you already have in your pantry. You can make a big batch to save and use for later or make an individual batch for cook dinner. This recipe only has three ingredients, so you can add your favorite flavor boosters, like sesame oil or fresh ginger, to make this sauce your own.

How to make stir fry sauce

  1. Add the core ingredients to make a 3 ingredient stir fry sauce – soy sauce, vinegar and garlic – to a small bowl or mason jar.
  2. Mix or seal the jar and shake.
  3. Pour out as much as you need over your favorite stir fry vegetables and proteins (chicken, beef or shrimp). Add a thickener like corn starch or arrowroot powder if desired.

a small jar with homemade stir fry sauce with garlic next to raw asparagus, mushrooms and shredded carrots

What is stir fry sauce made of?

There are only three basic ingredients needed for this stir fry sauce recipe. They are common ingredients sold in most grocery stores.

  • Soy sauce: Regular soy sauce or low-sodium will work for this recipe; however, tamari can be used as a gluten free option. For a soy free stir fry sauce, use liquid aminos or coconut aminos.
  • Vinegar: You can use white vinegar, apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar. Each brings a unique flavor so experiment with different vinegars each time you make stir fry.
  • Garlic: The best option for garlic is to use fresh garlic cloves, but you can use powdered garlic (1 teaspoon) in a pinch.

If you want to add more flavor to your stir fry sauce recipe, like ginger or sesame seed oil, I have additional flavor add-ins listed down below.

Stir Fry Sauce Recipe Video

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Easy Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, tamari or liquid aminos
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Stir Fry Sauce Directions

  • Stir Fry Sauce
  • a spoonful of stir fray sauce made with soy sauce, garlic and vinegar

    Add flavor

    Whether you are making chicken stir fry, vegetable or beef stir fry, this 3 ingredient stir fry sauce recipe is the perfect base for adding flavorful ingredients.

    Some options include:

    • fresh ginger
    • ginger powder
    • garlic powder
    • red pepper flakes
    • sesame seeds
    • sriracha sauce
    • lime juice
    • orange juice *
    • lemon juice
    • pineapple juice *
    • oyster sauce *
    • hoisin sauce *
    • dry sherry
    • sesame seed oil
    • black pepper
    • vegetable broth
    • brown sugar *
    • sesame oil
    • chicken broth
    • fish oil
    • peanut butter

    * These options are higher in sugar.

    a skillet with cooked stir fry with chicken, broccoli, red bell pepper and topped with sesame seeds

    How to thicken stir fry sauce

    This sauce will naturally thicken slightly as it cooks, but you can add an additional thickener if you want it even thicker.

    Try adding these options:

    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
    • 1 egg yolk

    Stir fry sauce uses

    There are so many ways you can use this easy recipe with stir fry. This sauce adds flavor to your stir fry dinner in any variation.

    • To make stir fry, you can use chicken, pork, steak, tofu, or shrimp for the protein.
    • Add vegetables like snap peas, snow peas, carrots, onions, bell peppers, bok choy, zucchini, broccoli, water chestnuts, bean sprouts, or mushrooms. Basically, whatever you have in the refrigerator crisper drawer that needs to be used up.
    • Serve it over noodles or white or brown rice (cauliflower).
    a spoon lifting up a spoonful of sauce with mined garlic from a mason jar

    Storage information and meal prep

    Refrigerate: Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

    Freeze: You can also freeze this sauce by pouring it into an ice cube tray and freezing it. When it’s frozen, pop out the frozen cubes and put them in a gallon-size zip-top bag, and put it back in the freezer.

    This allows you to only use as much as you need without thawing the entire container and to save space in the freezer.

    Be sure to label and date the bag, so you remember what you’ve saved later.

    Stir Fry Sauce: FAQS

    Does stir fry sauce need to be refrigerated?

    Yes. When it comes to sauces made from scratch, they need to be refrigerated. Refrigerate homemade stir fry sauce.

    What's the difference between stir fry sauce and teriyaki sauce?

    Stir fry sauce is thinner and generally not sweet, while teriyaki sauce is usually thicker and sweeter. They both use simple ingredients and can be exchanged for the other in most recipes.

    What is stir fry?

    Stir fry is a dish made by quickly sautéing thinly sliced vegetables, sauce, and meat on the stove. It's usually served over white rice to soak up all the delicious juices and sauce.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Stir Fry Sauce

    Servings: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 15
    Fat 0g
    Protein 1.4g
    Total Carbs 3g
    Net Carbs 3g

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