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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 heat, I would scale back or 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.

How to make stir-fry sauce

Stir-fry sauce is SO easy. Most of the ingredients just ALWAYS exist in my cupboard too, so it is always easy to toss together.

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

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

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.

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir fry Sauce

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.

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

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

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir fry Sauce

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!

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Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

Spicy Chili Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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


  • 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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
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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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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Monday 26th of September 2016

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Mo K.

Wednesday 15th of June 2016

Just discovered your beautiful blog, Nicole. I made this tonight for hubby and me, and he said it was one of my best ever! The secret really is in your fabulous sauce! I put my usual veggies in (cabbage/bell peppers/carrots/celery/broccoli/onions) and tried it with pork this time. Heavenly-- and I purposely made a large batch so I have leftovers for lunch at work tomorrow. This is a keeper, I've shared on Pinterest, and have signed up for more of your wonderful concoctions. Keep up the great work! God bless :-)

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 15th of June 2016

Wow! Thanks so much for that, Mo. You just made my day. <3

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