Stir fry sauce: how to make stir fry sauce – with just 5 ingredients

Learn how to make stir fry sauce that's simple, delicious, and healthier than sauce from a packet

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Learn how to make stir fry sauce – and never feel the need to buy a packet ever again. Stir fries are healthy and easy to make, but supermarket stir fry sauces are not so healthy, typically containing sugar and other unnecessary additives. 

The following basic stir fry sauce recipe need just five ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen cupboards, although you're welcome to experiment and make it more complex if you wish – we've suggested a few added ingredients below. Otherwise, stock up on the staples, and you'll always have the basics to hand to whip up a stir fry sauce instantly.

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How to make stir fry sauce


To make this delicious and healthy stir fry sauce, you will need:

  • Rapeseed oil, four tablespoons
  • Dark soy sauce, three tablespoons
  • Fresh ginger, a thumb-sized chunk, sliced
  • Two garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Plain flour, a tablespoon


1. Combine the oil, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic in a small saucepan and gently simmer without bringing the sauce to a boil.

2. Carefully fold in the flour and stir well until the sauce is lump-free. That's it, your basic stir-fry sauce is ready. 

Optional extras:

Want it spicy? Add chili – you can use dried flakes, a tiny dot of chili paste (careful, it's HOT!) or finely chopped fresh chili. 

Sweeter? Add a tablespoon of honey – this works with spicier flavours, too, so you can combine. 

Zingy and citrusy? Add the juice of a few yuzu fruit – we love adding the juice of a lime. You can make it zingier still with a little lime zest added to the juice.