Stir fry sauce is the secret ingredient that makes a stir fry taste so good. It is a flavorful sauce that coats meats, seafood, tofu, or vegetables, giving them a delicious umami flavor. Made with simple and wholesome ingredients this easy and delicious sauce is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy free, and better than any store-bought sauce or takeout!

If you are fan of Chinese food and love Chinese takeout this easy recipe is for you! You will be surprised how a simple, easy, and quick homemade stir fry sauce can elevate your Asian dish bringing all the flavors to the next level in no time!

Check out my flavorful Chinese Chicken and Green Beans and my One-Pan Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki for easy week meal dinner options.

It’s not a secret that we are a big fan of stir fry meals in this family. I think they make a perfect meal for busy weeknights and are so easy to customize! I can use my favorite vegetables, pair with different proteins, or simply use whatever is left in my fridge at the end of the week – the options are endless and they’re always going to be flavorful and delicious.

Like my juicy Sticky Asian Meatballs they are also a crowd pleaser! Because this stir-fry sauce recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free everyone can enjoy! Even the kids will devour this stir fry.

I’m sure this stir fry sauce will be part of your family’s weekly meal rotation as well.

Why to Make Your Own Stir Fry Sauce from Scratch?

I love making my own stir fry sauce rather than buying it at the store not only because I learned secret tips from my dad but because it tastes SO much better than any store-bought sauce and it elevates your stir fry meal to the next level.  

The beauty of making your own sauce is that you can control the ingredient ratios, making it perfect for your taste. For example, add more pepper if you like that extra spice kick or omit if you can’t handle spicy food.

By making your own sauce you avoid all that extra sugar, sodium, and preservatives found in store-bought sauces.

Also, it’s SUPER easy and quick! Anyone can make it! I promise you’ll never go back to the store-bought sauce after you give it a try.

Ingredients to Make The Best Soy Free Stir Fry Sauce

This easy and flavorful Asian stir fry sauce uses simple, and budget-friendly ingredients that are easy to find if you don’t already have in your pantry.

The beauty of making your own sauce is that you can balance out the flavors making it perfect for you and your family

Here’s what you’ll need:

Coconut Aminos: my favorite alternative to soy sauce. Coconut aminos is gluten-free, paleo friendly, Whole30 friendly, and soy free. You can totally use soy sauce if you prefer. If using soy sauce, I’d recommend purchasing an organic soy sauce since soybeans are on the top list of GMO foods.

Rice Vinegar: gives the sour and tangy flavor making this stir fry sauce recipe extra delicious.

Sesame Oil: only a little bit of sesame oil is enough to bring so much Asian flavor to this sauce.

Garlic Powder: an easy alternative to fresh garlic. Garlic flavor is essential to any stir fry dish. Alternatively, you can mince fresh garlic as well.  

Red Pepper Flakes (optional): if you like a little bit of spice kick you will definitely want to add some red pepper flakes.

Arrowood Starch: essential to thicken the sauce. Arrowroot starch is gluten-free, paleo-friendly and my favorite corn starch replacement. Feel free to use corn starch if you prefer.

Water or Broth: either one works however broth will add more flavorful to the sauce. I like using vegetable, chicken, or beef broth depending on the dish I’m cooking.

How to make Stir Fry Sauce from Scratch

You won’t believe how flavorful and easy this recipe is. Seriously, my favorite sauce recipe that I can pair with anything from vegetables to protein and elevate my weeknight meals.  Here is how to make my favorite stir fry sauce:

This is fool proof method that works for almost all my favorite stir fry recipes.

Once you have the stir fry ingredients cooked to 70 – 80%, poor in the stir fry sauce, combine by gently stirring all the ingredients together. Once cooked through (to preferred tenderness etc.), pour in the starch mix by spreading it across the ingredients. Gently combine until the sauce thicken.

Serve over rice, garnish, and enjoy!

How to elevate this Asian Stir fry sauce

My dad is the king of making stir fry recipes. He always says that 葱姜蒜 (onion, ginger, garlic) are the most important starters to any good stir fry recipes.

Here are the additional ingredients that you can add to make the best stir fry vegetables, chicken, shrimp, or just about anything.

  • 3 – 4 cloves of garlic minced (~ 2 tbsp)
  • 1-inch fresh ginger minced or sliced (~ 1 tbsp)
  • 1 stalk of green onion chopped (save the green part aside for garnishing)

After heating ¼ cup high smoking point oil to shimmer, add the garlic, fresh garlic and the white part of chopped green onion. Quickly stir for 20 – 30 seconds or until you smell the fragrance.

Now you have the aromatic, you can start adding the vegetables, or your protein choice.

This simple method will elevate your stir fry dish to the next level!

How To Store Stir Fry Sauce

Store in an airtight container or in a jar with a lid and keep it in the fridge for up to one week.

This sauce is also perfect for meal prep, you can make a bigger batch, without the arrowroot starch and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to use. 

How To Use Asian Stir Fry Sauce

This stir fry sauce is delicious with just about anything! It will be perfect with most vegetables and protein like chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, and tofu. Serve as it is or over rice or noodles. There are endless dinner options!

Here are some of my favorite combinations:

Beef, Broccoli, Carrots which you will find in my flavorful Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

Tofu, Garlic, Green Onions which are used in my Chinese Garlic Tofu Stir Fry

Zucchini, Mushroom, Carrots which are combined to make this Zucchini Mushroom Stir Fry

Flavorful, easy, and ready in no time! This delicious stir fry sauce will be game changing to your next stir fry dinner. I promise, you’ll never go back to store-bought sauce after trying this recipe!

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Get the recipe:Authentic Stir Fry Sauce {Soy Free}

Flavorful, easy, and ready in no time! This delicious stir fry sauce will be game changing to your next stir fry dinner. I promise, you’ll never go back to store-bought sauce after trying this recipe!
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 cup water or broth
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, *optional

Instructions 

  • In a bowl or jar, mix coconut aminos, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic powder, in a separate dish, whisk together starch and water. Set aside.
  • Once you have the stir fry ingredients cooked to 70 – 80%, poor in the stir fry sauce, combine by gently stirring all the ingredients together. Once cooked through (to preferred tenderness etc.), pour in the starch mix by spreading it across the ingredients. Gently combine until the sauce thicken.
  • Serve over rice, garnish, and enjoy

Additional ingredients to elevate your stir fry dish.

  • *3 – 4 cloves of garlic minced (~ 2 tbsp)
  • *1-inch fresh ginger minced or sliced (~ 1 tbsp)
  • *1 stalk of green onion chopped (save the green part aside for garnishing)
  • *After heating ¼ cup high smoking point oil to shimmer, add the garlic, fresh garlic and the white part of chopped green onion. Quickly stir for 20 – 30 seconds or until you smell the fragrance.
    *Now that you have the aromatic, you can start adding the vegetables, or your protein choice.

The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.