Vegan Stir-Fry Sauce (Low-Calorie)

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This flavorful and versatile vegan stir-fry sauce takes only 3 minutes and a handful of simple ingredients to make! Serve with your favorite veggies or store in the fridge for 5 days.

What’s better than a quick veggie stir fry after a busy weekday? It tastes just as great as takeout, comes together in under 30 minutes and is so versatile.

But instead of drowning your nutritious components in sugar- and oil-laden sauce, why not try this 3-minute healthy vegan stir-fry sauce?

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Our simple recipe requires no kitchen skills or fancy tools, can be used as a marinade and works well for meal prep.

It requires no pre-cooking and is loaded with bold flavors! This vegan stir-fry sauce is the next best thing after our healthy peanut sauce to make veggies taste fantastic.

Check out our low-calorie cheese sauce, quick vegan gravy or sugar-free buffalo sauce for more healthy vegan condiments!

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Why you’ll love this recipe 

  • Easy to make in only 3 minutes
  • Customizable & versatile
  • Great for quick & lazy dinners
  • Low in calories, oil-free & healthy
  • Just as delicious as takeout

Clean out your fridge and use up any veggies by making a quick stir-fry with your healthy sauce!

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Ingredients needed

  • Soy sauce — the classic Asian flavor base
  • Cornstarch — to thicken our stir-fry sauce
  • Vinegar — plain white vinegar or rice vinegar work
  • Garlic — choose between fresh and powdered
  • Ginger — freshly grated tastes best!
  • Coconut sugar — balancing out the other components
  • Chili powder — for that spicy kick
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How to make healthy stir-fry sauce

Add all ingredients to a jar, close the lid, and shake until well-combined.

You can also whisk all components together in a medium bowl!

Adjust to taste preferences by adding more soy sauce, vinegar, sweetener, garlic or chili.

Storage & serving

Use the stir-fry sauce immediately for veggie stir-fries, chow mein noodles, steamed vegetables or vegan sushi.

It also makes for a great marinade! Simply place chopped veggies, cubed tofu or tempeh to a Ziploc bag and add the stir-fry sauce.

Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight, then cook until crispy.

Any leftover vegan stir-fry sauce can be stored in a lidded container in the fridge for up to 5 days! We suggest that you double the recipe and make it during meal prep.

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Suggested swaps

Use maple syrup or any other vegan sweetener instead of coconut sugar. Replace this ingredient with a sugar-free alternative to reduce the calories!

If you cannot have gluten, go for tamari instead of soy sauce.

Traditional stir-fry sauce is made with rice vinegar but you can substitute it with white vinegar or lemon juice.

Tips for this stir-fry sauce

It’s important to use a thickener like cornstarch or arrowroot powder in this recipe!

When cooking with your stir-fry sauce, be sure to add it to a hot pan just before the veggies are done. The heat is needed to activate the thickener.

You can make the sauce richer by adding 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to it! This also enhances the flavor.

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More easy vegan condiments

If you appreciate delicious no-fuss recipes like this, try these healthy vegan condiments next!

Have you tried our healthy vegan stir-fry sauce and liked it? Let us know in the comments below and rate our recipe! You can also Pin it here or share it with your friends.

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Vegan Stir-Fry Sauce (Low-Calorie)

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This flavorful and versatile vegan stir-fry sauce takes only 3 minutes and a handful of simple ingredients to make! Serve with your favorite veggies or store in the fridge for 5 days. This recipe can also be used as a dip or marinade!


  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • ⅓ cup water (80 ml)
  • Pinch of chili powder


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl or add them to a jar, close the lid, and shake well. 
  2. Adjust to your taste preferences if needed by adding more soy sauce, sugar, vinegar or chili.
  3. Use it immediately for veggie stir-fries, to marinade tofu or tempeh, or store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.


  • Swap soy sauce for tamari to make this stir-fry sauce gluten-free.
  • Any vegan sweetener works for this recipe!
  • Feel free to add some lemon juice, chili paste or sesame oil to the sauce.
  • Find more tips in the article above!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: ½ recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1753mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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