A Healthy Vegan Stir Fry Sauce with No Sugar | this is the recipe
by Joost Nusselder |Updated: December 21, 2020
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One could argue that almost all of Asian-made stir-fry sauce, whether normal sauce or chili sauce, are vegan or made from vegetables or herbs.
However, some stir-fry sauce is loaded with sugar that might not be good for your health.
Many of the commercially prepared stir-fry sauces contain vast amounts of sugar (some are up to 19% sugar).
Add all ingredients except the corn starch and water to the pot and whisk it around until the mix starts to bubble.
Let it boil for a bit while you take a small bowl and add the cornstarch and water to it and mix them together.
Keep the cooking pot boiling while adding the cornstarch and keep whisking the sauce until enough water evaporates for your desired thickness. Or add a bit more corn starch if it doesn't get thick enough in a few minutes.
Now the sauce is ready, you can let it cool down and put it in a container for storing or start using it right away in your stir fry dish
Asian Stir-Fry Sauce with molasses instead of sugar
3/4 cup of vegetable broth
3 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp corn starch
1.5 tbsp of molasses
1 tbsp water
Turn on the stove and set the skillet atop, then set the dial to medium or low heat.
Add all ingredients in the skillet and whisk them for a few minutes until the mix starts to bubble.
Leave the skillet for a while and take a small cup and mix the 1 tbsp of water and cornstarch in it. Once mixed thoroughly and the mixture has become viscous, then pour it into the skillet with the saucepan.
Keep the skillet hot while whisking the sauce continuously and check if the sauce has thickened to your desired level.
Molasses is a sweetener from sugar. It is the concentrated juice that derives from sugar beets and sugar cane. It is most common in syrup form.
Molasses is not refined sugar and has a lot of health benefits, but it’s still reasonably high in sugar. I just wanted this alternative to sugar in stir fry sauce out there.
Sugar-Free Stir Fry Sauce recipe with honey
This is an alternative to stir-fry sauces – this is NOT a vegan recipe because it contains honey. Consider it a tasty alternative.
Another alternative to sugar in your stir fry sauce is honey. Is it better than sugar?
While it has as a lower GI value, which means it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels as quickly as refined sugar does, honey is much sweeter and you can use less honey in your sauces to sweeten them.
It does have slightly more calories per serving so you should take that into account when making this stir fry sauce.
Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.