If you’re a Chinese takeout fan, you’ve surely come across General Tso. Good news! This 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. Perfect for making General Tso’s Chicken, one of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes, it’s also great with any stir fry!
This time, our cravings were leaning the General Tso way. But first of all, we needed to make that flavorful sauce…
You can find exact measurements in the recipe card at the end of the post. Here is what you’ll need today:
- Chicken broth – It provides a savory base for the sauce. Using a high-quality chicken stock, or even better, homemade, can significantly enhance the flavor. For a vegetarian twist, a robust vegetable stock could be used.
- Soy sauce – This is the soul of any General Tso’s sauce, giving it that umami richness. Light soy sauce is preferable for a saltier taste, while dark soy sauce will give a deeper color and slightly sweeter edge.
- Hoisin sauce – Adds a sweet and garlicky 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. It’s less harsh than white vinegar, with a delicate, almost sweet finish.
- 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 – It provides a molasses-like sweetness that complements the heat from the chili flakes and the tanginess from the vinegar. Adjust the quantity to suit your preference for sweetness.
- Red chili flakes – They introduce a gentle heat to the sauce. You can adjust the amount up or down based on how spicy you like your sauce.
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, about 5-6 minutes.
How to Use General Tso Sauce
This tangy sauce is super versatile. Here are some of our favorite ways to use it:
- The most common use, popular in American Chinese restaurants is General Tso’s Chicken. We’ll have that recipe for you next!
- It goes very well as a sauce for shrimp stir-fry dishes.
- Want to keep it vegetarian? Try General Tso tofu or cauliflower.
- Use it as a glaze for baked salmon.
- Dip your favorite egg rolls or spring rolls in it.
Have some more ideas? Be sure to let us know in the comments section!
If you want to make this stir fry sauce ahead of time, or multiply the recipe for several meals, you can refrigerate it in an airtight container for a couple of weeks.
General Tso Pronunciation
And, since you were probably wondering, the correct pronunciation is tsah-oo!
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!
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General Tso Sauce, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!
- 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
- Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small pan.
- Place over medium heat and cook until the sauce has thickened, about 5-6 minutes.
Nutrition InformationYield 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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