Need a basic stir fry sauce
ere is a basic one. You can add 2 tsps of cornstarch to it to thicken if you like.
Soy-Sesame Stir-Fry Sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp hot red pepper flakes
1 tsp sugar
Combine all in a 1-cup measuring cup.
re: Hank Hanover
I have seen a bag of stir fry vegetables in the frozen food section of the store. If you had 1 or of those in the freezer and kept a pint of basic stir fry sauce in the fridge and kept packets of small chunks of chicken and pork in the freezer, an emergency dinner would only be 10 -15 minutes away.
I keep some rice in the fridge, too.
i like the sauce in this recipe:
this one is also good on broccoli:
The garlic would go in the beginning with very hot oil.
I think if you have good ingredients a good sauce would just be a high quality broth and some salt/white pepper/a little cornstarch. Rice wine would be optional, to personal taste.
But as previous poster said, technique and timing is everything. Key is to get the veggies crisp on the outside and juicy inside.
Cornstarch is a thickening agent. It thickens very quickly without the raw taste that flour has, as singleguychef says. This allows you to add it at the end. Flour tends to make a sauce opaque while cornstarch sauces are closer to translucent. Prettier. It also allows the sauce to coat the food. A little of it goes a long way though, so use a light hand to avoid gloppiness.
Yes, I use 2 to 1 ratio of cornstarch, for whatever sauce base I choose to use....but sometime make it thinner and I use broth instead of water. It all depends on the amount of food in the wok, so this is a hard answer to give exact portions.
Basic sauce was a hard one for me to think of an answer.
Pineapple, fresh ginger, a little brown sugar, with chili paste is nice with pork and chicken.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!