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Thai Ginger Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

Last Updated on February 28, 2024

This Thai Ginger Garlic Stir Fry Sauce is a testament to the timeless appeal of Thai cuisine, blending traditional ingredients like ginger and garlic with the convenience of modern cooking. 

The sauce’s versatility lies in its ability to complement a wide range of dishes, making it a master sauce when it comes to Asian stir-fries.

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Its balanced flavor profile ensures that it doesn’t overpower the natural taste of the stir-fried ingredients but rather enhances them. 

Whether you’re cooking a classic Thai dish or experimenting with fusion recipes, this sauce adds an authentic touch that is sure to impress.

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  • Experience the true taste of Asia with a sauce that combines fresh ginger and garlic with soy sauce.
  • The perfect sauce to make for a variety of dishes, this homemade sauce can be used in stir-fry recipes, as a marinade, or even as a dipping sauce.
  • With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, you can make this sauce in just minutes.
  • Once you’ve tried this sauce, you’ll understand why it’s a favorite. It’s a simple way to add a gourmet touch to everyday meals.
  • It tastes much better than store-bought sauce.
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( This recipe yields for 4 vegetable side dishes)

  • 4 tsp light soy sauce (You can use low sodium soy sauce or tamari)
  • 4 tbsp vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp cane sugar (or maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup water (while stir-frying, adjust the amount to suit your taste)
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  1. Add soy sauce, veggie broth, sesame oil, ground white pepper, sugar, minced garlic, and minced ginger in a small mixing bowl.
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2. Stir until well combined.  

  • Cornstarch: To give your sauce a thicker consistency, whisk in 1 teaspoon of cornstarch dissolved in a little water. This will activate the thickener, giving your sauce a shining finish.
  • Red pepper flakes or chili sauce – If you love a bit of spice, include red pepper flakes or a dash of chili sauce to add a kick to your stir fry.
  • Rice vinegar – Enhance the sauce with a splash of rice vinegar for an additional layer of great flavor.
  • Maple syrup or palm sugar – If you prefer, use palm sugar or maple syrup instead of regular sugar to add a different depth of sweetness to the sauce.
  • Garlic and ginger proportions – Adjust the amounts of fresh garlic and ginger according to your taste. More ginger will add a sharper, spicier edge, while extra garlic brings a robust depth.
  • Storage Solutions – Store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. 
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🍜 Classic Stir-Fries: Use this easy stir fry sauce to add depth and flavor to your favorite stir fry recipes. Simply cook for 5-7 minutes over medium-high heat in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil and your choice of stir fry ingredients like broccoli, bell pepper, or asparagus. The sauce will thicken slightly, coating the veggies and protein evenly.

🍜 Marinade for Proteins: You can use tofu and marinate your protein in the sauce before cooking. This allows the flavors to penetrate deeply, making your dish even more delicious.

🍜 Dipping Sauce: Serve it as a dipping sauce alongside spring rolls, dumplings, or grilled meats. Its rich flavor profile makes it a hit at any gathering.

🍜 Noodle Enhancer: Elevate your noodle dishes by tossing cooked noodles in this sauce. Whether it’s ramen, udon, or soba, the sauce adds a great flavor that’s hard to resist.

🍜 Salad Dressing: Drizzle it over salads for an Asian twist. The sauce’s tangy and savory notes make it a perfect dressing for a refreshing and light meal.

🍜 Rice Companion: Pair it with steamed or fried rice. The sauce’s robust flavors complement the simplicity of the rice, making for a satisfying meal.

The Thai Ginger Garlic stir fry Sauce pairs wonderfully with a variety of Thai dishes, enhancing their flavors and bringing a touch of authenticity to each meal.

Here are some pairing suggestions with popular Thai dishes:

  1. Thai Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce: Marinate your tofu in the Thai Ginger Garlic stir fry Sauce before grilling. This simple sauce adds a rich depth of flavor. Plus, the sodium content is controlled, making it a healthier choice than bottled sauces.
  2. Vegan Pad Thai Tofu Pad Thai: Enhance this classic dish by adding the Thai Ginger Garlic stir fry Sauce to the mix. This homemade stir fry sauce is super simple to make and has a uniqueflavor that can’t be found in commercial varieties.
  3. Pad Pak Thai: Drizzle the Thai Ginger Garlic stir fry Sauce over your stir-fried vegetables. This sauce, especially when made with low-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos, enhances the dish without adding unnecessary saltiness.
  4. Vegan Pad See Ew: Incorporate the sauce into this noodle dish for an extra layer of flavor. The 5-minute stir fry sauce recipe is perfect for quick, delicious meals, and you can make this recipe with either regular soy sauce or a dark soy sauce variant for a richer color.
  5. Thai Basil stir fry: Use the Thai Ginger Garlic stir fry Sauce as a base for this spicy dish. The sauce, made with simple ingredients, complements the bold flavors of Thai basil, and you can add another 2 tablespoons of oil to perfectly sauté the chopped vegetables of your choice.

Proper storage of the Thai Ginger Garlic stir fry Sauce is crucial to maintaining its freshness and flavor. Whether you’ve made a large batch or have leftovers, here’s how to store this versatile sauce effectively:

  • Refrigeration for Short-Term Storage: After making stir fry sauce, it’s best to store any leftovers in the refrigerator. Pour the sauce into an airtight container or a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. This method is ideal for keeping the sauce fresh for up to a week. Remember, when you use low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, it not only enhances the flavor of the sauce but also helps preserve it for longer due to its natural preservative qualities.
  • Freezing for Long-Term Storage: For extended storage, freezing is an excellent option. Pour the sauce into a freezer-safe container or a mason jar with a lid, leaving some space at the top as the sauce will expand when frozen. This method can extend the shelf life of your sauce for several months. When you’re ready to use it, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Storing Variations of the Sauce: If you’ve made variations of the sauce, such as using gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos, the storage method remains the same. However, note that sauces with fresh stock may have a slightly reduced shelf life.
  • Label and Date: Always label your container with the date you made the sauce. This is especially helpful if you make stir fry sauce in batches. It ensures you use the oldest sauce first and enjoy it while it’s still at its best.
  • Usage Tips: When you’re ready to add the protein or vegetables to your stir fry, simply take out the required amount of sauce. If the sauce has thickened in the fridge, gently warm it up in a large skillet over low heat, adding a bit of water or additional soy sauce if needed.
  • Quality Check: Before using stored sauce, give it a good stir and do a quick taste test. If it has tasted like soy or developed off-flavors, it’s best to discard it.

Whether you’re making a simple stir fry or a more elaborate dish, this sauce is a convenient and flavorful addition. And remember, once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll realize that you’ll never buy store-bought again!

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Master Stir Fry Sauce Recipe

Enjoy our 5-minute Thai sauce recipe today and elevate your stir-fry ingredients to a new level!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 sides
Calories: 14kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN


  • 4 tsp light soy sauce
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp cane sugar or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water (while stir-frying, adjust the amount to suit your taste)


  • 1. Add soy sauce, veggie broth, sesame oil, ground white pepper, sugar, minced garlic, and minced ginger in a small mixing bowl.
  • 2. Stir until well combined. (Note)


This recipe can make 4 portions of side vegetables, you can check our stir-fry vegetable recipe to get an idea of how much vegetables you need.


Serving: 1side | Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg | Net Carbohydrates: 2g

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