15 Basic Stir Fry Sauce Recipes

Stir Fry



I love a good stir fry and they are a great way to use up odds and ends of meat, vegetable and noodles. And let’s face it, they are a quick and easy dinner solution. Simply cook up some rice or throw in some noodles and it’s a family-pleasing meal.


I rarely start with a recipe – just a pile of odds and ends. So it occurred to me recently that what I really needed was a stir-fry sauce “cheat sheet” – a handy reference for the combination of sauce ingredients I need to make different kinds of stir fry to combine with my collection of ingredients.

So I created one!

Here I’ve collected 15 great stir-fry sauce recipes that can be printed to keep handy in the kitchen (or bookmarked, if you prefer).

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128 Comments

  1. These recipes were exactly what I was looking for! I’ve tried the basic soy stir fry and the orange stir fry – to great acclaim! Especially good when there’s lefover cooked chicken, one less thing to cook. Looking forward to trying the others.

  2. I have shockingly never made a stir fry, but love them so much. I need to make one soon, what great ideas

    • Thanks. I find a stir-fry the perfect fridge cleaner. When I get to that point where I just have odds and ends, it’s a stir fry night :)

  3. Thanks Hannele and let me know how you make out with your stir-fry.

  4. I’m a stir fry noob, and was wondering about the order of operations – when would you add the sauce to the stirfry? After browning the meat, or cooking the veggies?

  5. TRIED THE BASIC STIR FRY SAUCE I STILL FOUND IT A LITTLE SALTY EVEN THOUGH I USED LOW SODIUM PRODUCTS. I WONDER IF I CAN USE LESS SOY SAUCE AND ADD A BIT OF WATER TO SUBSTITUTE WHAT I DON’T USE . WHAT DO U THINK

  6. Love the stir fry sauce…very basic and very easy…
    Do you have soy garlic? Thanks.

  7. This is a really nice list of surprisingly simple sauce recipes! thanks for the awesome inspiration, I am totally going to write these down in my recipe book. Thanks for the awesome post!

    • Thanks Molly, I was surprised too at how really simple they can be.

      Let me know how you like the Spicy Orange, Jill!

  8. Tried the spicy Szechuan recipe and everyone in the family loved it. We love spicy food and when my daughter ate a bite, assuming it was the usual old recipe I’ve made, she smiled and said “oh it’s spicy, I love it”. The only thing that confused me was that cornstarch and soy sauce are listed twice. I just added a little bit more of each and tasted it, instead of putting it in twice. Very good!

    • Sorry about that Janet but glad your family enjoyed it. I’ve edited the recipe to remove the confusion. Thanks for pointing that out.

  9. Stir fry sauce overload!! Love it. Can’t wait to try some of these out. Great idea to compile them all in one place. :)

    • Thanks Erin. I just found myself winging it one too many times :) I printed this off and keep it handy in the kitchen.

  10. Always looking for some quick and simple recipes to make and I always struggle making a stir fry tasty so really pleased I came across these. Thank you for sharing, think I’m going to try the Spicy Orange Stir-Fry Sauce this weekend.

    • Thanks Jill. Let me know how you like the Spicy Orange!

      • Gave this one a go using fresh squeezed organic orange juice and velvet chicken, broccoli, squash, sugar snap peas and onion over brown rice. Have to say it was one of my best SFs yet. Will be trying more of these yummy recipes. Thanks for the collection, Now bookmarked.

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