Store-bought stir fry sauces are great because of their convenience, but many contain unnatural ingredients, synthetic colors, and artificial flavors. By making your own easy stir fry sauce at home, you get to choose exactly what goes into your recipe and your body! Plus, you can control the spice level – turn up the heat or tame it way down. Use this healthy stir fry sauce in all of your favorite Asian dishes!
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Culinary Tips for the Best Healthy Stir Fry Sauce Recipe
Be sure to use cold water to mix the sauce together. Hot water will cause the cornstarch to clump.
Want to make a large quantity of healthy homemade stir fry sauce? Double all ingredients except for the ginger. Increasing spices too much can cause them to taste bitter. After doubling, add more ginger to taste.
Use fresh garlic over pre-chopped. It makes a huge flavor difference!
For finely minced garlic, consider using a microplane. This creates very small pieces of garlic that will distribute evenly in your recipe. A microplane is also helpful if using fresh ginger. You could even use it to zest a small lime for an extra pop of brightness!
- Soy Sauce: substitute reduced sodium tamari, liquid aminos, or coconut aminos.
- Water: substitute chicken or vegetable broth.
- Honey: substitute brown sugar or agave nectar for a healthy vegan stir fry sauce.
- Garlic: substitute 1 teaspoon garlic flakes, ½ teaspoon granulated garlic, or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder.
- Ginger: substitute 1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger.
- Sriracha: substitute chili paste or another hot sauce.
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You can make stir fry sauce without cornstarch, but note that the cornstarch is a thickening agent that helps bind the sauce to the stir fry ingredients.
To make an orange ginger stir fry sauce, replace the water and honey with ¼ cup orange juice.
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Health Benefits of Homemade Stir Fry Sauce
Although stir fry sauce is not necessarily a “health food”, homemade stir fry sauce is certainly healthier than store bought alternatives! The key ingredients that make this stir fry sauce healthier are reduced sodium soy sauce, ginger, and no unnecessary ingredients.
Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
Too much sodium in the diet is not good for heart or kidney health. Reducing overall sodium intake and increasing calcium and potassium intake, as recommended by the DASH diet, is important for decreasing hypertension and kidney disease risk. Adding spices to dishes (such as garlic, chili peppers, and ginger), may reduce the overall need for salt in a dish, and therefore promote overall health. (1)
No Unnecessary Ingredients
Not all food additives are bad or dangerous, but we believe that it’s best to be cautious when handing your health over to food manufacturers. Many store-bought sauces contain fillers, stabilizers, and flavor enhancers that may not promote your health. Learning how to make healthy stir fry sauce can give you some peace of mind; you will be able to see, pronounce, and taste all of the ingredients!
Serving Suggestions for Easy Healthy Stir Fry Sauce
Use ¼ cup of this healthy Asian stir fry sauce in our vegetable stir fry base recipe. It also is great tossed with plain cooked quinoa or brown rice. Use the flavored grain as a healthy side dish alongside Indian meatballs or salmon.
Keep leftover stir fry sauce in an airtight container or shaker bottle in the refrigerator for 1 week. If you made the sauce with garlic powder instead of fresh, it may keep for longer.
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Healthy Stir Fry Sauce
- ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
- ¼ cup water
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Sriracha to taste (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add near the end of cooking in stir fry recipes. Enjoy!