There’s nothing better than a delicious stir fry sauce! They’re sweet, savoury, tangy, and the best way to boost the flavour of any stir fry or noodle dish. Plus, they can often be used as a dipping sauce for your favorite rice paper rolls or fresh veggies. Try prepping a few this week and using them as a quick flavorful sauce or dipping sauce throughout the week!
Ingredients You’ll Need
When it comes to making your own homemade stir fry sauce there are a few key ingredients you’ll typically need to make a well balanced flavor profile.
- Fat – For the most part, a good stir fry sauce will contain a source of fat. It adds creaminess, richness, and helps make the sauce more satiating. Some of my favorite go-tos are nut butters like peanut butter or almond butter, tahini, garlic chili oil, or sesame oil. If your vegan stir fry sauce doesn’t contain fat, make sure to include a source of fat in the stir fry itself.
- Sugar – Although vegan stir fry sauce is savoury, it does need a little sugar to balance the savouriness. You can use ingredients such as cane sugar, coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, ketchup, agave syrup, or brown sugar. Really any sugar will work!
- Salt – A key component in any stir fry! Without salt, your vegan stir fry sauce recipe will be incredibly lacking in flavour. Soy sauce, coconut aminos, tamari, sriracha, or salted nut butters work well! If you’re sensitive to sodium, use low sodium soy sauce.
- Acid – The tangy flavor balances the creaminess from the fats and the saltiness for the soy sauce. A few of my favourites are vinegar, apple cider vinegar, lime juice, lemon juice, or even sriracha (it contains vinegar!).
- Thickening agent – This ingredient isn’t always necessary, but it can be helpful in making a thick sauce that sticks to the veggie stir fry ingredients. Corn starch is my go-to choice, but you can also try ingredient such as tapioca starch, arrowroot powder, even all-purpose flour.
Each vegan stir fry sauce makes about 1/2 cup of sauce. If you are cooking for more than 1-2 people, I suggest doubling or tripling the recipes.
The sauces will keep for up to 1 week in the fridge, making them perfect for Sunday meal prep. For best results, store them in an airtight container or glass jar such as a mason jar.
Sweet and Sour Stir Fry Sauce
This vegan sweet and sour sauce is one of my absolute favourite Chinese-inspried sauces. It’s best served as a vegan stir fry sauce or dipping sauce. For an extra tangy, sweet flavor, add in some pineapple chunks.
Maple Sriracha Stir Fry Sauce
I personally love this sweet and spicy sauce best as a dipping sauce for vegan chicken, crispy tofu, or as a stir fry sauce if you love extra spicy food!
Peanut Stir Fry Sauce
This sauce is one of the creamiest of the bunch and one of the most versatile sauce recipes. Use it on a creamy ramen noodles or soba noodles dish, drizzled on rice bowls, or to coat your crispy tofu. It’s also a delicious dipping sauce for spring rolls and rice paper rolls.
Ginger Garlic Stir Fry Sauce
The simple ingredients in this ginger garlic stir fry sauce make it the perfect go-to recipe for all hot stir fries. It’s lighter in fat, making it great for lighter vegetable stir fry recipes. Try it with sautéed veggies such as green beans, bok choy, baby corn, Brussels sprouts, snap peas, red bell pepper, and broccoli.
Lemon Tahini Stir Fry Sauce
Enjoy this bright and creamy sauce with your favorite tofu stir fry or crisp greens! Don’t be afraid to thin it out with a bit of water if it seems too thick. And if your simple sauce recipe seems bitter, it’s possible your tahini isn’t the best quality. Good tahini should be nutty, not bitter!
Spicy Sesame Stir Fry Sauce
This vegan stir-fry sauce is less spicy than my maple sriracha stir fry sauce and is a great vegan stir fry sauce or drizzle for rice dishes, noodle dishes, or your favourite mix of veggies.
More Stir Fry Recipes You May Love
- Red Curry Almond Butter Stir Fry
- Orange Ginger Chick’un Stir Fry
- Udon Noodle Stir Fry
- Coconut Rice & Cashew Stir Fry
- General Tso’s Stir Fry
- 15 Minute Sriracha Tofu Stir-Fry
Popular Stir Fry FAQs
What can you put in stir-fry instead of meat?
Great question! If you’ve recently switched to a vegan diet, you may be wondering how to replace the protein in your favourite vegan stir fry recipes. Luckily, there are tons of options. Try plant-based proteins such as crispy tofu, my vegan chicken recipe, soy curls, or even store-bought vegan meats such as Beyond Meat or Impossible Burger. You can even skip the meat altogether and enjoy a veggie stir fry.
Is rice considered vegan?
Yes, all types of rice are vegan. This includes white rice, brown rice, rice vinegar, rice noodles, and of course cauliflower rice. When dining out, it is always good to check how the rice is prepared. It can sometimes be cooked in non-vegan ingredients such as chicken stock or a broth flavoured with fish sauce or oyster sauce. Try my top 5 ways to use rice!
How do you make stir-fry taste like a restaurant?
In addition to using the key elements listed above to make a flavorful vegan stir fry sauce, adding ingredients such as green onions, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, garlic powder, etc. can really boost the flavors and aromatics and make your simple stir-fry incredibly flavorful.
How do you keep vegetables crisp in a stir-fry?
Use a very hot large skillet or wok. In order to keep the vegetables crispy, add the oil to a hot skillet, then don’t add the veggies until the skillet and oil are nice and hot.
Similar Homemade Vegan Sauce Recipes to Try Next:
Since posting this video/blog post I have now released a sauce ebook- Saucy! 16 vegan sauce recipes for everyday cooking. You can check it out here. This post has great stir fry sauces but if you are looking for other sauces like hot fudge, hollandaise and sweet & spicy ketchup, or dips like chipotle cashew or jalapeño ranch yogurt dip, you might want to check it out!