Asian Sauces

Lolly St John Recipe

By Lolly St John lolstjohn


So many people don't attempt making asian dishes because the sauces are too complex. Here is a list of sauces you can make without stress. I have listed them in the "Directions" sections so as to not copy/paste so many times. :)

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ingredients are listed in the directions.:)

Directions Step-By-Step

Asian Sauces

Orange Sauce for Stir Fry
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons water
5 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons white vinegar
1 orange, zest of

General Tao’s Sauce
1/4 cup cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup good-quality soy sauce
3 tablespoons white vinegar
4 red chilies or use Pepper flakes (optional)

Stir fry Sauce
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup rice wine
3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Sweet and Sour Sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup pineapple juice or 3/4 cup water (I use pineapple juice)
2 teaspoons oil

Mongolian Grill Sauce
1 teaspoon olive oil or 1 teaspoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar

Dipping Sauce
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grate
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Basic Chinese White Sauce
In a measuring cup, combine:
2 Tablespoons soy sauce, shoyu, or Bragg’s
3/4 cup water
1 Tablspoon grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic (1 small clove)
1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Basic Chinese Brown Sauce
In a measuring cup, combine:
2 Tbl. soy sauce, shoyu, or Bragg’s
3/4 c. water
0.5 – 1 Tbl. grated ginger
1 tsp. chopped garlic (1 clove)
1 Tbl. cornstarch
1 Tbl. Molasses

Spicy Orange Glaze
In a measuring cup, combine:
2 Tbl. soy sauce, shoyu, or Bragg’s
1/3 c. water
1 tsp grated ginger
1-2 tsp. chopped garlic (1-2 cloves)
1 Tbl. cornstarch
Basic Chinese Sauce
4 ts Soy sauce
1 ts Sesame oil
1 ts Oyster sauce
1 ts Chili paste

Basic Asian Brown Sauce
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 clove garlic, finely chopped

Chinese Lemon Sauce
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove , minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cold water

Peanut Sauce
1 tablespoon peanut butter (i used crunchy)
3 tablespoons skim milk or 3 tablespoons soymilk or 3 tablespoons coconut milk (will do)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon soy sauce or 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon chili sauce or 1 tablespoon ketchup
1 dash chili flakes
salt and pepper , to taste

Ginger Sauce
1 yellow onion
2 tablespoons peeled and grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup soy sauce

Mustard Sauce
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
5 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons cream
2 tablespoons hot water
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, lightly toasted
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 garlic cloves, minced

Teriyaki Sauce
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced

Sriracha Sauce
1 1/2 cups chopped Chili Peppers
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
3 garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons palm sugar (or brown sugar)
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup white vinegar

Spicy Sushi Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise ( use vegan mayo to make this sauce vegan)
2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
3 garlic cloves, peeled
2 hot red peppers ( jalapeno, serrano, thai, cayenne, etc.)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
Wasabi Sauce
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons wasabi paste or 2 teaspoons wasabi powder
2 tablespoons honey

Asian Barbecue Sauce
6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar ( not seasoned)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon asian fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1/3 cup minced shallots
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
1/8 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
1/3 cup sugar

Tabasco Sauce
3 dozen long hot red peppers
1 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 cup hot vinegar

Hoisin Sauce
4 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon peanut butter or 1 tablespoon black bean paste
1 tablespoon honey or 1 tablespoon molasses or 1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons sesame oil
20 drops chinese hot sauce ( or habenero or jalapenos)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Asian Plum Sauce
6 cups pitted chopped red plums
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup vinegar
1 small onions ( 1/2 cup minced)
1 teaspoon crushed dried chili pepper flakes
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons soy sauce or 1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon Thai basil or 1 tablespoon tarragon, minced
1 tablespoon basil, minced

Lumpia Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

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Sherry Peyton SherryPeyton
Jan 25, 2012
Icannot thank you enough. you have really helped me. This was so very generous of you! I'll post it on my site in a permanent place with appropriate credit. It will be used again and again. Thanks again. ( Thanks again!
FREDA GABLE cookin4me
Jan 25, 2012
Wow . . what a list.
Definately a Keeper.
Barbara Pendley Barbee
Jan 26, 2012
Holy Cow!!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!!!!!!!! And a great big hug!!...Barb
Lolly St John lolstjohn
Jan 26, 2012
Thank you and you are welcome!
Jo G ginny005
Jan 27, 2012
This is a great list. I'm sure I will use several of these recipes. Thank you so much.
Susan (Heyer) Bro Susan_Bro
Aug 21, 2012
Which of these is like the black bean sauce used in Hunan Chicken? I will use the General Tsao's for sure!
Rebecca Rogers Rebecca2012
Aug 26, 2012
thank you so much!!
This is a very comprehensive list and I just so appreciate it!
Angie Huckleby angiek1966
Nov 23, 2012
thank you so much for making this's great!! I made the sweet & sour sauce and the teriyaki sauce tonight and we think they are both delicious!!
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Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Mar 5, 2013
What a great list of deliciousness! Is that even a word! LOL!!!
Becky Graves BeckyG1
Mar 5, 2013
Thank You! Pinched !
Edna Johnson ER2
Oct 14, 2013
Thank you ladies for the warm welcome and, all the great looking recipes.
Happy cooking for you all and families!