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.
You’ll love this sesame sauce recipe because it’s…
- Full of flavor
- Great as a marinade
- Perfect for dipping
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.
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How to make sesame sauce
A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
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.
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.
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.
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 mydarlingvegan.com
Other great sauces to try
- 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
- 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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