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Asian Stir Fry Sauce |Sesame Ginger

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This sweet sesame ginger Asian stir fry sauce is terrific over noodles and stir-fry veggies. It can even be used as a dipping sauce or marinade.

Sweet Sesame Ginger sauce in bowl with spoon

You’ll love this sesame sauce recipe because it’s…

  • Full of flavor
  • Savory
  • Salty
  • Great as a marinade
  • Perfect for dipping
  • Delicious

Sauces are a delicious accompaniment to many Asian-inspired dishes, but they are usually loaded with sweeteners and preservatives in prepackaged bottles on shelves. I have had trouble buying them for years after reading disappointing nutritional and ingredient labels.

How to make sesame sauce

Making your own sauces is really quite simple and once you’ve made them from scratch, you will be much happier serving them knowing you’re eliminating all the extra added junk.  The taste of the homemade stuff really trumps the bottled stuff anyway!

Simply whisk all ingredients in a bowl and serve.

homemade stir fry sauce in bowl with whisk on white background

Ingredients in sesame soy sauce

Tips for use as a dipping sauce

When using this sesame sauce for dipping, we sometimes use it as is, but it can also be thickened up to have more of a gravy texture.

To thicken it, simply add arrowroot powder and simmer or microwave for just a minute.

Cornstarch can also be used as a thickener, just be sure to stir constantly during the heating process to reduce lumps.

This will thicken quickly, so remove from heat as soon as it gets to the consistency desired.

diced ginger garlic and green onion on cutting board
Fresh ginger, garlic, and green onions.

Use sesame sauce as a marinade

We also use this sesame ginger sauce as a marinade in recipes like Veggie Kabobs. It used to be such a waste with the marinades we used with meat that had to be thrown out after the marination process because of being in contact with raw meat.

Nowadays, after marinating, we can use the same sauce for dipping or even turn it into a gravy by adding thickener. So much healthier!

This ginger sauce goes great with my Japanese Veggie Udon Noodle recipe where the sauce is glazed over seared tofu and veggies. Another easy stir fry that will make the whole family rush to the table.

sesame sauce udon noodle stir fry in pan with wooden spoon.
This sauce is delicious in this udon noodle recipe. Click the photo to see the recipe.

There are many different types of pasta possibilities for this recipe–rice pasta, lo mein, or spaghetti. The udon noodles that I like to use are wheat pasta from Japan.

At my house we love pasta, and we love stir-fries. This recipe is a great way to satisfy both at one time!

Sauce recipe adapted from

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Sweet Ginger Sesame Sauce

Asian Stir Fry Sauce | Sweet Sesame Ginger

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This sauce is terrific over noodles and stir fry veggies. It can also be used as a dipping sauce or marinade.


  • 2 Tbsps. sesame seeds, roasted in dry pan
  • 1 tsp. of tahini or dash of sesame oil, optional
  • 2 Tbsps. minced garlic, I used kind from jar
  • 2 tsp. ginger root
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce, make sure gluten-free, if needed
  • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar, or other sweetener


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl.


Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 36Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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How to Cook With Tofu - Center for Nutrition Studies

Friday 14th of June 2019

[…] One of the most common complaints about tofu is its bland flavor. I happen to think that is one of its best attributes, because a good marinade can infuse it with flavor from the inside-out. I consider it a blank canvas for whatever combinations I happen to dream up. Some great options would be barbecue sauce, Stir-Fry Sauce, or Sweet Ginger Sesame Sauce. […]

Louise Cyr

Thursday 30th of August 2018

Left out the oil also and used a bit of Tahini. So tasteful, So good. Thank you, we will eat more Tofu!

Friday 31st of August 2018

That's terrific to hear! So glad that you enjoyed the recipe. We love tofu too!

Cynthia Pfeffer Koerber

Monday 12th of June 2017

This sauce rocks! This will definitely be a staple in my house now. I used it to marinate tofu (set it aside), and stir-fried some broccoli and carrots. Then, I added the tofu back to the pan and topped everything with the sauce. So delicious!

Jo-Ellen Litle

Thursday 26th of November 2015

I left out the oil and tahini. It is delicious!!

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