How to Make a Stir Fry Sauce without Broth with this recipe

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Do you love stir fry meals and you want to prepare some at home, but you don’t know how to?

Maybe you are afraid of trying some of the common stir fry recipes because you don’t have a wok.

Alternatively, do you hate using a wok since it produces smoke with triggers your fire alarm every time? If you experience this every day, we have a solution for you.

Stir fry sauce without broth

You don’t need to forego your favorite stir fry dish because of a problem you can avoid.

Today, the internet is full of different stir fry recipes, but most people are not sure of the ones that would work out for them.

However, a stir fry meal isn’t so interesting without a sauce. This article shall show you how to make a stir fry sauce without broth. The sauce will make all your stir fry meals more interesting and superb.

You can use this stir fry sauce for chicken shrimp, and beef. The sauce is easy to make, and it very adaptable. You should store it in the freezer or fridge for future use.

It is important to note that one of the easiest meals that you can prepare is stir fry. Using a stir fry sauce makes things even easier since the sauce has all the seasonings that you require. Besides, you can also use the meat you have at the moment.

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What to use in stir fry recipes

Beef, shrimp, pork, and chicken will work well. You can also choose to skip the meat and opt to use vegetables.

While using the veggies, they can either be frozen or fresh, but this will depend on your preference. Try using carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, snow peas, corn, onions, mushrooms, and beans.

This is a great and exciting way to use some extra vegetables. Stir fry can be eaten with just the veggies and meat or choose to serve it over noodles or rice.

Stir fry sauce without broth

Stir fry sauce without broth recipe

Joost Nusselder
This is a very easy to make stir fry sauce recipe you can make without using broth.
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • Sauce pan


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce low sodium
  • 1/2 cup spicy bbq sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tbsp red pepper
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced


Step 1: Soy sauce mixture

  • In this step, start by mixing soy sauce, barbeque sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, honey, black pepper, and sesame seed oil. Make sure that the mixture is ready to be added to a saucepan after the garlic and ginger are ready. Many people prefer using barbecue sauce on stir fry sauce recipes whenever they have it. However, you can also opt to use hoisin sauce as a substitute for a barbeque recipe.

Step 2: cornstarch mixture

  • Cornstarch will serve as an excellent thickener in this particular stir fry sauce. However, you cannot add the cornstarch to the sauce while hot and boiling because it will end up clumping together. Therefore, you need to mix cold water with the cornstarch to prevent it from clumping together. You can use a small bowl and keep it aside until when you will need it.

Step 3: ginger and garlic

  • This is the part where you start cooking your sauce. First, begin by heating some olive oil, ground ginger, and minced garlic. In this step, you can use minced ginger or powdered garlic, if like. The amount of the ginger and garlic required will depend on the amount of sauce you want to make.

Step 4: the liquids

  • Once your olive oil is heated, you can now add the soy sauce mixture that you made in step 1. Continue stirring the mixture until it begins to boil. Make sure that you cook it over medium heat.

Step 5: pour in the cornstarch mixture

  • Lastly, add the water/cornstarch mixture in order to make your sauce thicker. It is important to make sure that you add the mixture slowly and whisk continuously if you don’t want it to clump. Continue cooking until your sauce reaches the desired thickness.

Step 6: storing your sauce

  • Wait for your stir fry sauce to cool before storing it in an airtight jar or container with a lid. You can now store your sauce in a freezer or fridge.
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Tips and FAQs about stir fry sauce

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  • What is the ideal type of vinegar? You can use rice vinegar in this particular recipe. However, you can use apple cider vinegar or white distilled vinegar in the event you don’t have rice vinegar.
  • What is the right barbecue sauce required? Some people have different opinions when it comes to the type of barbecue sauce they need while preparing stir fry sauce. However, you can use any brand of barbecue sauce, or even use homemade one—just in case you have it. Also, you can choose to hoisin sauce in case you don’t have a barbecue sauce.
  • Is sesame oil necessary? This particular recipe requires sesame oil since it adds an extra flavor. However, you can also make the same recipe without a sesame oil and substitute it with olive oil.
  • What’s the substitute for minced garlic in this recipe? You can replace your minced garlic with garlic powder. If you like garlic, you then add the amount of minced garlic in the recipe.
  • How do you use the freshly grated ginger? You can use 3 to 4 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger since it adds a fabulous taste. However, you can prepare the stir fry sauce with dried, and ground ginger in you don’t have freshly grated ginger. Also, if you like ginger, you can increase the amount you use in the recipe.
  • How can I make this recipe spicier? You can add red pepper flakes, chili sauce, or sriracha sauce to make the sauce spicier.

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Important things to observe while preparing the stir fry sauce


This is one of the things that you need to observe while preparing your stir fry sauce recipe. You should make sure that the heat is intense and it remains so until you finish cooking. In addition, make sure that your wok or pan is hot before you begin the entire process.

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Prepare Everything Early In Advance

Preheating your wok or pan isn’t enough. Also, you need to prepare everything you need to use before you start using your pan or wok. In addition, make sure that all your ingredients are placed in the order that you will need them. This will greatly assist in preventing any confusion that might arise as you cook. In addition, make sure that everything you need is in room temperature.

Bottom Line

Stir fry dishes cannot be interesting without a stir fry sauce. Therefore, you need to know how to prepare one if you want to prepare a stir fry meal. This recipe is easy and will make all your stir fry recipes interesting.

Also read: what to substitute for beef broth

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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.