7 Super Easy Chinese Sauces to Make at Home (for Any Occasions)

7 Super Easy Chinese Sauces to Make at Home (for Any Occasions)

Got a hard time making those Chinese sauces for your dish? What if I told you they’re extremely easy to make? There is no doubt that you are here now to learn the easiest ways in making Chinese sauces. Chinese sauces are the key for perfect foods offered by Chinese restaurants.

So logically, if you know how to make these sauces, you have greater chance in making your Chinese dishes taste better than—well at least equal with — Chinese cuisine you bought from your favorite restaurants in Chinatown.

1.    Chinese Orange Sauce

Orange sauce becomes incredibly famous since Chinese people use it a lot for their chicken dish. Though, this sauce ain’t only perfect for chicken but also for other Chinese recipes like roasted vegetables. What a great news for vegans! Make this Chinese sauce by using stir-fry method.

Alright. So here we go!

First, prepare the main ingredients which includes 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil or vegetable oil, 4 cloves of garlic (mince them), and 2 tablespoons of minced ginger. Besides, you should also prepare the sauce mix that includes:

  • ½ cup of grated orange zest
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • ¾ cup of rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of Shaoxing wine
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2½ tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

To make this sweet and sour sauce you need to mix the entire sauce ingredients. Heat the oil then add garlic and ginger. Stir it until strong fragrance comes up. Pour sauce mix into pan then stir everything until you get thick sauce.

Transfer your sauce into your bowl immediately then move it into container or airtight jar once the sauce cooled down. You can store it in fridge or freezer.

2.   Chinese Toon Sauce

This one of unique sauce recipes with unique ingredient named toon leaves. Here are the sauce ingredients you must prepare:

  • Toon leaves
  • Mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons of roasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of roasted sesame paste
  • 1½ teaspoons of light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

It is very easy to make this toon sauce. All you need to do is just mixing and stir-frying the entire sauce ingredients together. If you got too thick sauce, some teaspoons of the boiling water will help thinning it out and making it creamy. Taste your sauce and add some seasonings if you want to.

3.   Vegetarian Version of Oyster Sauce


This Chinese sauce is extremely popular. We can buy this in any department store. But now, you can make your own oyster sauce by preparing the right ingredients and following the steps below. Let us start with ingredients:

  • 40 grams of dried shitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil or peanut oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of five spice powder
  • 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil

Clean your mushrooms then soak in hot water until tender. Rinse and drain your mushrooms then slice them thinly (save soaking liquid). Heat peanut oil then add the mushrooms. Stir until all sides turn golden. Add garlic and ginger and stir again. Move them to food processor. Add the soaking liquid and puree your sauce until smooth. Bring it to fry pan.

Whisk the soy sauces, sugar, and spice powder in small bowl then pour it to frying pan then mix them well. Simmer until thick enough, remove from stove, pour sesame oil, then mix them. Cool it in bowl the move to container before you put it in fridge.

4.   Hoisin Sauce

This Chinese sauce is perfect choice to make glazes and marinades. Let us show you the way to make the sauce that will perfect your southern Chinese cook. Here are the ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of light soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 2 teaspoons of rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of spicy fermented been paste

Now combine the entire ingredients inside a bowl then mix them well. Now store your homemade hoisin sauce inside the airtight jar then store it in fridge. Finish this sauce within a month.

5.   Black Beans Sauce

Looking for sauce you can use for steaming, grilling, baking, and stir-frying? The ingredients and steps below lead you to the best sauce ever!

  • 1 cup of fermented black beans
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup of minced white onion
  • ¼ cup of Shaoxing wine
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 thumb of ginger, mince it

Rinse black beans and drain them then chop them. Use food processor in order to mince the entire ingredients and to mix them with black beans. Heat oil along with chili peppers over the medium heat. Remove chili peppers then use the saucepan to stir the mixed ingredients you’ve prepared. Stir until your sauce shows oil floating right on top of it. Transfer it to large bowl then cool it before saving it.

6.   Kung Pao Sauce

With this sauce in the kitchen, you will always ready to bring Sichuan food accents to your family. Here’s what you need to make the traditional Chinese sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons of peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons of chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon of Sichuan peppercorns
  • 8 cloves of garlic, mince them
  • 2 ginger, mince them

Mix ingredients:

  • ½ cup of Chinkiang vinegar
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of Shaoxing wine
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt

Combine mix ingredients in a bowl then set aside.

Fill your saucepan with peanut oil then use it to stir-fry chili pepper flakes and sesame seeds over low heat. Turn to the medium heat and keep stirring until chili powder turns brown. Add peppercorns, ginger, and garlic. Stir for thirty seconds. Add mix ingredients to saucepan then continue stirring. Cool it down and put it in airtight jar before saving it.

7.   Chili Garlic Sauce

If spicy is your favorite taste, you definitely have to make this sauce at home! Don’t worry, we have some secrets for a perfect chili garlic sauce.

  • 30 grams of chili peppers
  • 15 grams of minced ginger
  • 60 grams of crushed garlic
  • ½ cup of peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Sichuan peppercorn
  • 4 tablespoons of spicy fermented bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

Heat oil and the peppercorn over the medium heat. Keep cooking until peppercorns turn brown. Remove peppercorns using spatula then discard them. Add the chili peppers then cook over the low heat until its color darkens. Add garlic and ginger and stir it. Add sugar and bean paste and cook until you mix everything well. Cool it down then move it to clean jar and store it in your fridge.

FAQ: Chinese dressings editions

We’ve got you the two most asked questions below!

  1. Is there any Chinese sauces for vegetarians?

Actually, ingredients used in all Chinese sauces above, even the ones for oyster sauce, show us that those sauces are perfect for vegetarians. If you’re a vegan, you can try the seven Chinese sauces above.

  1. Which Chinese sauce is gluten-free and has low carbs?

Among the entire Chinese sauces above, toon sauce, oyster sauce, and chili garlic sauce are the answer.

The other four are not gluten free because the Shaoxing wine contains gluten. Dark soy sauce also contains gluten but you can replace it with dark brown sugar or molasses to tamari soy sauce.

Homemade Chinese Orange Chicken Recipe

Here’s a bonus for you, sweeties!

Ingredients for chicken:

  • 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into one and half inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of dry sherry
  • ½ cup of cornstarch
  • 2 cups of canola oil to fry

Ingredients for sauce:

  • Use the one you’ve made before based on the recipe above

Now follow these steps:

  1. Toss chicken with soy sauce and dry sherry then marinade them.
  2. Heat oil in the skillet.
  3. Coat half chicken in cornstarch and make sure they all well coated.
  4. Deep fry your chickens.
  5. Turn your chickens while frying them until they all turn deep golden.
  6. Then transfer your cooked chickens to baking sheet that has lined with paper towel.
  7. Coat and deep fry remaining chickens in same way.
  8. Reheat your orange sauce before you use it to top your rice and chickens for dinner.

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