My Whole30-compatible All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce helps frazzled home cooks get quick, easy, and umami-packed meals on the table! Not sure what dishes you can make with it? The possibilities are endless!

A collage of the different recipes you can make with Nom Nom Paleo's All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce.

Whenever anyone asks me for my favorite recipe from our second cookbook, Ready or Not!, I always blurt out, “All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce!” This fab sauce takes just a couple of minutes to shake together in a mason jar—and once you have some in the fridge, you have no excuse not to make dinner!

If you’re doing a Whole30 or just committing to cooking more often, you can’t go wrong with this indispensable sauce. You really can use it to make everything!

Pouring orange juice into a jar filled with All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce ingredients

After I published the recipe here, y’all seem to have fallen head over heels for my All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce. I love seeing all the creative ways my loyal Nomsters have found to utilize this awesomely versatile flavor booster! Still, over the past year, I’ve received some commonly-asked questions about All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce:

What if I’m allergic to orange juice?

No problem! My All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce can be made with pineapple juice if you can’t do orange juice. (Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but some of my readers actually prefer it with pineapple juice!)

How do I make this sauce with no fruit juice at all?

You can totally leave it out, but you’ll need to adjust the amount of rice vinegar to balance the flavors. Alternatively, you can sub out the rice vinegar for aged balsamic vinegar to add a bit of sweetness.

Is All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce Whole30-friendly?

Yes! Just remember to read your labels carefully for non-compliant ingredients, especially on the fish sauce and rice vinegar.

Do I REALLY have to add fish sauce?

Yes! Fish sauce adds an indescribable deliciousness (a.k.a. umami) to the sauce! (You’ve already listened to my podcast dedicated to umami, right?) Look—if you have a fish allergy, FINE—you can leave out the fish sauce and add more coconut aminos and some salt to compensate, but it won’t taste quite the same, I’m afraid. Alternatively, I have a No-Fish Sauce recipe in Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! and you can use it in place of the fish sauce in this recipe.

How do I thicken the sauce?

You can make an arrowroot slurry by whisking ½ cup All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce with 1 to 2 teaspoons of arrowroot powder. The sauce should thicken as soon as you bring it to a simmer. If you like a thicker sauce, add more arrowroot powder.

How long does All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce last in the fridge? Can I freeze it?

It’ll last in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for at least a week. And yes, you can definitely freeze the sauce for up to several months. I normally freeze the All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce in ice cube molds so I can pop out a cube when I need it.

(The commercially bottled sauce that you purchased at Whole Foods Market is good for at least 6 months in the fridge after it is opened due to the acidity!)

But…how should I use All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce?

There are SO! MANY! WAYS! All of my recipes that use All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce are always added to this page but feel free to read on for some of my favorites…


My All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce is fantastic for stir-fries (duh!). If you follow me on Instagram, you know that stir-fries are one of my go-to weeknight meals ’cause they take no time at all to make. If you’ve never made a stir-fry before, our Ready or Not! cookbook includes a step-by-step recipe for Asparagus Beef, and it doubles as the perfect blueprint for do-it-yourself stir-frying. No cookbook? I recently revised my Spicy Asparagus and Pork Stir-Fry to include directions on how to make it with All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce. See? No excuses, people!

Two stir-fries made with All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce are pictured side by side

What’s fantastic about stir-fries is that you can modify the ingredients to use up whatever’s in the fridge. As long as you vary the veggies and protein, your family won’t even notice that you’re using the same sauce as a flavor base! Got more questions? I have my best stir-fry tips in this post.

An overhead shot of two pans filled with stir fries seasoned with All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce

No frying pan or wok? No problem! You can also use the sauce in my Sheet Pan Chicken Stir-Fry!

An overhead shot of sheet pan chicken stir-fry right out of the oven. Two hands are holding the edges of the pan with blue and white towels.

Paleo Moo Shu Pork!

You can use it to make Paleo Moo Shu Pork, too!

An overhead shot of Paleo Moo Shu Pork with grain-free tortillas and Paleo Hoisin Sauce.

Paper-Wrapped Chicken!

But don’t feel like you’re stuck making only stir-fries with this sauce. You can also use it to make Paper-Wrapped Chicken!

An overhead shot of Paper Wrapped Chicken, a dish that uses All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce

Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)!

These thinly-sliced, marinated Korean BBQ short ribs (also known as kalbi or galbi) will be the hit of your summer cookouts. Best of all, this tender and flavorful kalbi recipe is paleo, Whole30-friendly, and amazingly simple to throw together!

An overhead shot of Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs) that are Whole30 friendly and delicious

Dipping Sauce!

It also makes a great dipping sauce for homemade Paleo Potstickers!

A close up of Paleo Pot Stickers with crispy golden bottoms and a dish of dipping sauce in the background.

Salad Dressing!

Want to use it in no-cook recipes? I love using All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce as a tangy and savory salad dressing as well. I often whisk All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce with some avocado oil (in a 4:1 ratio) to make a quick and easy salad dressing to toss with mixed greens.

Two pictures that show All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce being used as a salad dressing

But when I’m feeling a little more fancy, I like to use All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce to make Paleo Hiyashi Chuka (Cold “Ramen” Salad), Warm Asian Brussels Sprouts Slaw, Asian Steak Salad, and Smashed Cucumber and Carrot Salad!

A shot of Cucumber and Carrot salad and Hiyashi Chuka, both seasoned with All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce

All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce also makes a fab dressing for Chinese Chicken Salad! Paired with Cracklin’ Chicken, you can’t go wrong!

Using a pair of wooden tongs to transfer the paleo and Whole30-friendly Chinese Chicken Salad to a serving bowl. The best gluten-free Chinese Chicken Salad!

Craving a Whole30-friendly poke? Make my Tuna Poke With Avocado!

A close-up of Whole30 Tuna Poke with Avocado.

Instant Pot Stews!

It ain’t just for stir-fries and salads, though. If you’ve got some braising cuts in the fridge and want to pop ’em in the Instant Pot or slow cooker, a cup or so of All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce makes a fantastic Asian-inspired stewing liquid. Simply season the meat with salt or Magic Mushroom Powder, and add a cup of All-Purpose Stir-Fry to the cooker. Then, program your Instant Pot or slow cooker for the cut of meat you’re using, and presto-change-o: An incredible (and incredibly easy) dinner!

Two stews that use All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce as the seasoning

Head over to my Instagram to read the details on how I pressure cooked the stew on the left and the stew on the right in my Instant Pot.

UPDATE: I got so many requests for a step-by-step recipe for my easy peasy Instant Pot stew so I wrote it up!

Here’s my recipe for Instant Pot Chinese Beef Stew:

Two hands are holding a bowl of Instant Pot Chinese Beef Stew


And that’s not all! Hungry for a tasty, dead-simple marinade for meat, seafood, or veggies? Use All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce.

Exhibit A: Easy Teriyaki Salmon!

A platter of Easy Teriyaki Salmon, a simple Whole30, paleo, gluten-free weeknight dinner!

Exhibit C: Chinese Chicken Wings

A platter of Whole30-friendly, gluten-free Chinese Chicken Wings

You can dip the grilled meat and/or veggies in All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce when you serve it, too!

Japanese dishes!

You can mix my All-Purpose Stir-Fry sauce with dashi or chicken broth to make some tasty Whole30 and low carb versions of your favorite donburi dishes!

Try my Gyudon (Japanese Beef Bowl)

A closeup of a blue and white bowl with gyudon, Japanese beef and rice bowl topped with red pickled ginger and sliced green onions.

What are you waiting for? Shake up a jar of All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce already!

Shaking a jar of All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce

Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013), Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017), and Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2022).

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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  1. What magic this sauce is! I’m sure I’m not the only follower who keeps this as a staple in the frig. It lasts way longer than you are allowed to say in the recipe and I love it. It goes on anything even remotely asian and beyond.