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If you need a quick and easy stir fry sauce that doesn’t compromise on flavor, this is it! It just takes 5 minutes and 6 ingredients to have the best tasting sauce!
Why this is the best vegan stir fry sauce
- Easy to make—There’s just a couple steps to this vegan stir fry sauce recipe, even stir fry novices can make it easily!
- Fast—In less than 5 minutes you can have a delicious homemade sauce! It’s quick to prepare so you can enjoy a flavorful meal even on busy weeknights.
- Simple ingredient —Nothing crazy here, just basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand. This makes it handy for last minute prep!
- Versatile sauce—It’s great for stir fries, dipping spring rolls and wontons into, drizzling over roasted veggies or marinating tofu or tempeh. This is truly an all purpose stir fry sauce!
Here’s a quick run-down of the ingredients you need for this easy vegan stir fry sauce. For exact measurements, reference the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Soy sauce: I prefer low sodium soy sauce but any kind will do. Soy sauce adds the perfect amount of umami flavor to this savory sauce. If you prefer soy-free and gluten-free, try liquid aminos, or Tamari for just gluten-free.
Pure maple syrup: Agave syrup works too. This adds a lovely little touch of sweetness to balance out the savory tones.
Apple cider vinegar: Every stir-fry sauce needs a bit of acid to add some brightness to the dish. You can also use rice vinegar or even lemon juice or lime juice.
Garlic powder: Or fresh garlic if you’re feeling fancy. I find that garlic powder dissolves well and is easier than mincing garlic. You can also add ground or fresh ginger.
Black pepper: A pantry staple that goes great in this sauce!
Corn starch: Great for thickening. I like to use it when I stir fry but if I’m using this sauce to marinate, I’ll leave it out.
How to make this easy stir fry sauce recipe
All you need is a small bowl and a whisk to make this easy vegan stir fry sauce.
1. Add all ingredients to the bowl and whisk together to combine.
2. Pour the sauce into your hot pan of veggie stir fry or whatever you happen to be stir frying. Stir continuously to evenly cook and prevent sticking.
3. Allow it to cook for a few minutes to thicken. It will start to coat your stir fry food. When it does, it’s ready!
How to use
You can really use this delicious stir fry sauce for anything that needs some extra flavor! It adds to much flavor with such simple ingredients, making it my go-to when I’m in a pinch. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:
- Stir fry fresh vegetables and pour it over. I love using it over snow peas, carrots, baby corn, bell peppers, broccoli, and bok choy. Here’s a handy guide on how to cook bok choy if you’re unfamiliar.
- Marinate tofu or tempeh with it.
- Add to plain rice to give it some extra flavor.
- Use as dipping sauce for spring rolls and potstickers.
Meal prep and storage
If you have leftover stir fry sauce, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
You can meal prep this ahead of time by making the sauce, covering it, and storing it in the refrigerator until ready to use. This sauce can be served hot or cold.
More easy vegan stir fry recipes
- Thai Pad Pak—a delicious vegetable stir fry that comes together quickly!
- Easy Stir Fried Tofu with over 30 grams of protein per serving!
- Soyaki sauce—a perfect dupe for Trader Joe’s popular sauce, great for stir-frying! It combines soy sauce and teriyaki sauce into the perfect blend for the best of both worlds!
Super Easy Vegan Stir Fry Sauce
- ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos for soy-free
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or brown rice vinegar
- 1 tablepsoon pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot powder
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together to combine.½ cup low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablepsoon pure maple syrup, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ⅛ teaspoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- When your stir fry is ready for sauce, pour this simple sauce over and stir well.
- Allow it to cook for a few minutes to thicken. When it starts to coat your stir fry vegetables, it's ready!