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Homemade General Tso Sauce (One-meal Version)

5 from 11 votes
General Tso sauce is one of the most versatile stir fry sauces that I recommend every home cook store a jar in their fridge. Not only does it takes merely 3 minutes to make, but it also goes well with almost everything.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 8 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: pantry
Servings: 2 to 3
Author: Maggie Zhu



  • 1/3 cup stock chicken stock or vegetarian stock, or water
  • 2 tablespoons Chinkiang vinegar (or rice vinegar, or balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry, or Japanese sake, or stock)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce (or soy sauce, or tamari for gluten-free sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce (or soy sauce, or tamari for gluten-free sauce)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger , minced


  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Heat oil over medium heat until warm. Add garlic and ginger. Stir a few times to release the fragrance. Stir the sauce again and pour it into the pan. Let it simmer and stir until it thickens.
  • Now you can pour the sauce over roast vegetables, serve it as a dipping sauce, or use it in your stir fry.