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Apr 11, 2007 04:18 PM

Need a basic stir fry sauce

I wanted to make a stir fry tonight, and wanted just a basic sauce to go with some vegetables I have on hand - broccoli, asparagus, onion, and mushrooms. Preferably something with garlic. Thanks!

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  1. sesame oil, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper and soy sauce. mmmm.

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    1. re: mojoeater

      Do you know how much of each ingredient or do you just eyeball it?

      1. re: bwillia

        I eyeball everything. I think I own measuring cups, but am not sure where they are. If you like ginger a lot, put in more ginger. If you like it spicy, add extra red pepper, etc.

      2. re: mojoeater

        Simple and perfect! I am SO glad I happened upon this site first off when I put in a search for a stir fry sauce. No need for amounts, just blend to your own taste. I mixed it in a bowl and added it to the wok about a minute before the veggies were done. Totally yummy! Thanks!

        1. re: mojoeater

          yes, you can add more or less items to this basic one, lovely. i throw in some lime if i have it or any other citrus, there's always the addition of rice vinegar or non sauce ing. like cilantro, cumin, nuts, fresh chili... stir fry in our house is fry up whatever we have on the day!

        2. sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, crushed ginger and a few red pepper flakes. Mix to taste.

          1. 1/2 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
            3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
            1 tablespoon sherry or Chinese cooking wine
            1 tablespoon sugar
            1 teaspoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
            1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
            1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
            1 tablespoon peanut oil
            3 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
            1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

            In a small bowl, combine the stock with the soy sauce, sherry, sugar, cornstarch slurry, vinegar and sesame oil. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
            In a medium saucepan, heat the peanut oil until shimmering. Add the ginger and crushed red pepper and cook over high heat, stirring, until fragrant and golden. Add the stock mixture and boil over high heat until thickened and glossy, about 1 minute.

            I usually add some garlic and some fresh orange juice instead of all that stock and 1/4 t. salt - I think this is really nice because it gives you a lot of sauce - I don't like a dry stir fry, especially over rice.

            good luck.

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            1. re: howchow

              This is almost exactly the sauce I make for stir-fry. I generally use brown sugar and add finely sliced scallions.

              1. re: howchow

                Thanks howchow, i made it last night and it was great! i used pineapple juice instead of the broth and added 2 cloves of garlic also.

              2. Technique rather than recipe: add the aromatics--garlic and ginger to the hot oil.

                Toss in the vegetables and perhaps a bit of fermented black beans. If used, throw in the cornstarch slurry with enough time for the starch to thicken and cook a bit.

                Add what makes up the "sauce" right near the end--chili, touch of sugar, wine, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce...

                Traditional stir frys are done quickly with all cooking and putting together of ingredients in the same wok.

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                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  Good advice from Sam as always.
                  Aromatic - garlic and ginger in the hot oil. I usually leave mine in large pieces, the better to make sure they don't burn in the high heat of the wok. If they start to, I can snatch them out quickly.
                  Toss the veggies and meat in the proper order. Those that need the most time first.
                  Then at the very last minute, add the sauce. I generally include the cornstarch with the other sauce ingredients since it seems to take only seconds to coat the hot food. It cooks through quickly.
                  You should vary the ingredients in your sauce according to what you include in your stir fry. Sauce is not a kitchen sink. One size does not fit all. Just because it was terrific with beef doesn't mean it will make shrimp or snow peas taste good.
                  Don't add a lot of sauce because you don't want to turn your beautiful stir fry into a steamed, sodden mess sitting in a pool of glop. The sauce should coat every piece of food and just leave enough to drizzle gently on the rice you'll probably serve with the stir fry.

                2. I have basic stir-fry sauce made up depending on the Asian style of cuisine, but they generally create a mix of aromatics and a sweet-savory taste. Here's my general ingredients:

                  Chinese: Sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic/ginger, and oyster sauce.

                  Japanese: Sesame oil, soy sauce and Mirin (sweet rice cooking wine)

                  Vietnamese: Fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice and chili.

                  Also, for a variety on the Chinese stir-fry, I use a black bean sauce from the jar and add the other ingredients mentioned above.

                  And yes, I eyeball it in terms of how much of each. Generally enough to coat all the meat or whatever I'm stir-frying. When I mix all the ingredients ahead of time in a small bowl, I add just a little bit at a time in my hot wok. I don't pour it all in. Again, by adding a little at a time, you can adjust to how much food you're cooking and also not drown out the heat in your wok.

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                  1. re: singleguychef

                    Great! Most Stirfry recipes have so many ingredients, I'm tired before I begin. These are simple, yummy and quick!! Thanks