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    General Tso Sauce

    If you’re a Chinese takeout fan, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you. My easy homemade General Tso Sauce recipe is just what you need to recreate those flavors. With just 7 simple ingredients, you’ll have your own restaurant quality sauce in no time.

    It’s sweet, umami, sticky, and just a bit spicy. I use it to make General Tso’s Chicken, one of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes, but it’s also great with any stir fry!

    This General Tso Sauce is an Asian American condiment that's great for stir frys, or as a dipping sauce.

    Alpana is pretty much addicted to all Asian food, but somehow I’m usually the one who cooks the stir frys. I don’t mind, she cooks all the complicated curries, so I’m happy taking care of the easy stuff.

    This time, her cravings were leaning the General Tso way. But first of all, I needed to make that flavorful sauce…

    Spoon dipping into a bowl of the sauce.

    Ingredient Notes

    I have included exact measurements in the recipe card at the end of the post. Here is what you’ll need today:

    • Chicken broth or stock – It provides a savory base for the sauce. I usually use Better than Bouillon. For a vegetarian twist, vegetable stock or broth could be used.
    • Soy sauce – This is the soul of any General Tso’s sauce. Sometimes I’ll also add a splash of dark soy sauce for a deeper color.
    • Hoisin sauce – Adds a sweet tang that is irreplaceable in this dish. It’s like barbecue sauce with a Chinese twist and thickens the sauce beautifully.
    • Rice wine vinegar – A touch of acidity to balance the sweetness and saltiness. In a pinch you can use regular white vinegar, but I really recommend rice wine vinegar if you have it.
    • Corn starch – This is the thickening agent that gives the sauce its glossy, restaurant-style consistency. Be sure to mix it well to avoid clumps.
    • Brown sugar – For sweetness. Sometimes I’ll substitute it with honey, especially if I’m making General Tso shrimp.
    • Red chili flakes – I always like a little heat in my stir fry meals. The ½ teaspoon in this recipe doesn’t make it too spicy though. Even our 4 year old, Noah, enjoys it.

    General Tso Sauce Recipe

    This is about as simple as you can get!

    Simply whisk together all of the ingredients in a small pan. Place over medium heat and cook until the sauce has thickened to your liking. I cook it about 5-6 minutes.

    That’s it!

    Close up of the sauce cooking in a pan.

    How to Use General Tso Sauce

    This tangy sauce is super versatile. Here are some of my favorite ways to use it:

    • The most common use, popular in American Chinese restaurants, is General Tso’s Chicken. That’s what I’m cooking tonight.
    • It goes very well as a sauce for shrimp stir-fry dishes. Again, I typically use honey in place of brown sugar in this case.
    • Want to keep it vegetarian? Try General Tso tofu or cauliflower.
    • Use it as a glaze for baked salmon.
    • We like to dip egg rolls or spring rolls in it.

    Have some more ideas? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

    General Tso Pronunciation

    And, since you were probably wondering, the correct pronunciation is tsah-oo. Yes, I’ve been mispronouncing it for years, too!

    Serving of General Tso chicken in a bowl.

    The next time you crave Chinese, skip the takeout and make your own right in your kitchen. This General Tso sauce is going to be the perfect start to that stir fry night. You’re going to thank me later.

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    General Tso Sauce

    Yield: About 1 cup
    Prep Time: 3 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 8 minutes

    This General Tso Sauce is an Asian American condiment that's great for stir frys, or as a dipping sauce.


    • ¾ cup chicken stock
    • ¼ cup soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
    • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp corn starch
    • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
    • ½ tsp red chili flakes


      1. Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small pan.
      2. Place over medium heat and cook until the sauce has thickened to your liking. I cook mine about 5-6 minutes.


    1. I often make this stir fry sauce ahead of time and multiply the recipe for several meals. You can refrigerate it in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 4 Serving Size ¼ cup
    Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 2mgSodium 1071mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 3g

    Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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