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Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

This Spicy Chili Garlic Stir-Fry Sauce is one I’ve been promising you all for quite a while now. It’s a staple around here, and I LOVE the way it turns out so great, so consistently.

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

The sauce isn’t overly spicy, but definitely carries a little heat. If you are super sensitive to spice, I would scale back or even omit the chili garlic sauce and the Sriracha entirely. If you can handle some heat, this is about a 3 on my scale.

This recipe is always my “go-to” for almost any stir-fry combination I can come up with. It just goes SO well with everything and is a great base for customizing according to your particular tastes and preferences.

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Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • Soy sauce
  • Mirin
  • Sesame oil
  • Minced garlic
  • Chili garlic sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground ginger
  • Cornstarch
  • Canola oil

Make some Egg Rolls too!

How to make Stir Fry Sauce at home

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Start by mixing together all of your sauce ingredients, and stirring well.



Next, get your pan nice and hot, and add a few teaspoons of oil into it.


Stir Fry

I used broccoli as my vegetable here, but you can use whatever you’d like! Fresh is best, but I’ve resorted to the frozen bagged stir-fry blends in a pinch.

Once the oil is almost smoking, toss in your veggies and stir stir stir!

Broccoli Stir Fry Image


Flash Steam

Once the veggies are partially cooked if they are particularly hard like broccoli is, you can flash steam them by adding a few tablespoons of water into the hot pan and covering.

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir fry Sauce



Remove after about 2 minutes, and let the rest of the water cook off. Then add in your protein. I used shrimp, which cooks lightning fast.

Keep stirring! Flip the shrimp over if the stirring doesn’t do it for you. Once the shrimp is cooked, give your stir-fry sauce a quick stir to redistribute the cornstarch, and then pour into the pan.

Keep stirring! It will thicken in about a minute. The remove from heat and serve immediately.

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir fry Sauce
Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce



Serve hot over steamed rice!

Serve with Steamed Jasmine Rice!

Chili Garlic Stir Fry

Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce FAQ

Can this be made in advance?

Yes! You can mix up this stir fry sauce a couple days ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. Just give it a good stir to re-distribute the corn starch before using.

Substitutions and Variations

Feel free to use chicken, beef, or tofu in this dish. It is so versatile! You can go all veggie too. This sauce is incredible!

Chili Garlic Stir Fry
Yield: 6 servings

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

Easy, delicious all-purpose Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce. It's one of my most popular recipes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil


  1. Mix all ingredients together, and stir well to combine.
  2. Stir fry the meat and vegetables of your choice, and then pour sauce over and cook over medium-high heat until thickened, 1-2 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 640mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.


Thursday 2nd of April 2020

Nicole, loved the recipe ... every one gave it 3 thumps up ... made 2 batches. Yours and me being a heat geek mine which I added mince Thai peppers ? loved it ... it’s a keeper in my house hold thx, looking forward to more keep up the good food ?

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

That's awesome to hear! So glad you liked it. This is our "go-to" stirfry sauce! If you haven't yet, I'd love it if you'd leave a star review up in the recipe card by clicking the stars! Thanks!

Karey Combs

Saturday 15th of September 2018

Is the sauce better with fresh ginger or ground?

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 15th of September 2018

Fresh is always better, in my opinion, but I wouldn't make a special trip for it if you didn't have any laying around.


Sunday 7th of May 2017

Searched Pinterest for a stir fry sauce and came across yours. Thank you for the spicy-ness rating because as a spice-lover, I upped the siracha a bit. This sauce was SO delicious and really easy! Three "thumbs up" in this house. (3 out of 3 that is!)

Nicole Johnson

Monday 8th of May 2017

Wow, thanks Colleen! I so appreciate that!


Wednesday 5th of October 2016

This sauce is perfect! Just right spice and flavor. Easy to make. Doubled the batch and had two meals this week, both delectable. It's now a family staple. Thank you!! (I didn't have iron so I substituted sherry and two tsp of sugar)

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 6th of October 2016

Thanks so much, Jen!!

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