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Chinese Garlic Sauce

This Chinese Garlic Sauce is a flavorful, hearty, and satisfying brown stir-fry sauce. It's a delicious homemade alternative to takeout and has the perfect combination of spicy, salty, and sweet flavors! The recipe is vegan, low in fat and calories, and can be made gluten-free!
Course Sauce
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


For The Sauce:

For The Pan:

  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil (*see notes)
  • 4 tsp fresh garlic minced (4 garlic cloves)
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger minced


  • Add all ingredients for the sauce into a medium-sized bowl and stir with a whisk. Set aside.
  • Next, heat vegetable oil in a saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Add fresh garlic and ginger and sauté for 30-60 seconds, stirring frequently.
  • Whisk the sauce again, then pour it into the saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes until thickened, stirring frequently.
  • Use the sauce immediately, for example, in a stir-fry or as a dip for vegan dumplings or summer rolls. Or let it cool completely and pour the sauce into a clean jar.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 or 5 days. Enjoy!


  • Vegetable oil: You can use canola oil or any vegetable cooking oil of choice. You can also leave it out and use more vegetable broth.
  • Sweetener: I used maple syrup, however, any other sweetener is fine.
  • Cornstarch: You can use arrowroot flour, tapioca flour/starch, or potato starch.
  • Soy sauce: You can use a combination of light soy sauce and dark soy sauce. Make sure to use tamari or gluten-free soy sauce if you are a celiac. If you want a soy-free alternative then I would recommend using coconut aminos.
  • Check the step-by-step photos above in the blog post.
  • Recipe serves 4. Nutrition facts are for one serving (1/4 of the recipe).
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Garlic Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.