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Basic Stir Fry Sauce

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Rating: 5/5
11 reviews
1 comment

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   1 cup

recipe id: 28548
cook method: stovetop

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1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon rice wine or sherry


Heat the sesame oil in a small saucepan. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry 15-30 second over medium heat to bring out the flavor. Add the chicken broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, Tabasco, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Bring just to a boil, stirring. Dissolve the cornstarch in the wine and whisk into the sauce. Heat until sauce thickens and reaches a full boil.

Simmer for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and set aside.

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10 calories, 0 grams fat, 1 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon.
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Please check the print version of the recipes because not all the ingreadents are coming through

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
I'm not seeing anything wrong with the print version of this recipe. All the ingredients seem to be there just like the version above. Can you be more specific?

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I agree, way better than the bottled stuff or even worse the dry mix kind! I think you can probably store this for a while too - so if you're going to have stir fry twice in a week make up a double batch at once.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Thank you so much for posting this recipe. i thoroughly enjoyed making the sauce. Since I'm new to the kitchen, I was surpriesed how easy it was to make (once i found the ingredients). I'm obsessed with stir fry and so tired of the store bought stuff- i thought i'd give this homemade sauce a try. It worked out great. Thanks again!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Love it... added great flavor 100 times better then the prepackaged crap you buy at the store!!! Kids and hubby loved it too. Thank you.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This sauce was PERFECT for my stir fry, even though I had to sub water for the broth and wine! It was so delicious... thanks for posting!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This stir fry sauce got rave reviews from my kids, ages 8- 15. Love the fresh ginger flavor. I doubled the recipe and used rice wine vinegar. Next time I will probably use less salt. I've been looking for a good (not too) basic stir fry sauce, and this is my new standard.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This recipe was super easy and very delicious!

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REVIEW: 3 star recipe rating
I found this sauce to lack slightly in flavor (perhaps too much broth?). It seems to be a good starting point, though, to create your own sauce.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
really good. used rice noodles. i substituted flour for the corn starch (just double it). and I used cayenne powder instead of tobasco and i used regular sugar instead of brown sugar. it turned out very tasty.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This is some good stuff and very easy to make. No need to order chinese out.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This was so yummy! Next time I will double the recipe because the sauce was so good I wanted more on my chicken and veggies. Got a thumbs up from my picky 8 year old too. Not too spicy at all. I did lessen the pepper to 1/8 t. And I used white cooking wine in place of the sherry since that's all I had on hand. Will be putting this in my recipe book.

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Jun 8, 2007

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I have made this twice now it is excellent, the first time I made it I made it the way it is and I don't care for hot sauce so I omitted that and I can't have any amount of alcohol so I substituted water and it worked beautifully. The second time I made it done it the same way except I doubled the recipe, which made the stir fry superb if you like a lot of stir fry sauce on your stir fry.

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