This sauce came to be when dreaming up a new stir fry for spring. We love the addition of tahini for creaminess and a unique nutty flavor. It’s also a welcome departure from peanut butter.
This sauce is incredibly well balanced with a hint of fresh ginger, savory tamari, maple syrup, lime, and chili garlic sauce. It’s perfect for making ahead of time to have on hand for quick stir-fried grains, vegetables, and noodles! Plus, just 7 ingredients, 1 bowl, and 10 minutes required. Let us show you how it’s done.
How to Make Tahini Stir Fry Sauce
This nut-free sauce starts with a creamy, nutty-tasting base of tahini which also supplies minerals such as copper, manganese, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
Tamari adds savory/umami flavor, lime juice adds acidity, and maple syrup balances these ingredients out with its sweetness.
Ginger and garlic add zing, while chili garlic sauce adds a bit of heat. Water thins it into a pourable sauce.
We hope you LOVE this stir fry sauce! It’s:
Quick & easy
& SO delicious!
It’s delicious on veggie and grain bowls, stir-fries, or noodles. Try it on our 20-Minute Tofu Stir Fry, 30-Minute Tempeh Stir-Fry, Tofu & Cauliflower Rice Stir-Fry, Raw Rainbow Noodle Salad, or Veggie Noodle Bowls.
More Tahini Sauces
- Gingery Lemon Tahini Sauce
- Quick Ginger Garlic Miso Tahini Dressing
- 3-Ingredient Tahini Sauce for Everything
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Tahini Stir Fry Sauce
- 1/4 cup tahini (see our favorite tahini brands here)
- 2 Tbsp tamari (or sub a greater amount of coconut aminos and reduce maple syrup)
- 2-4 Tbsp lime juice
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup (plus more to taste)
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp grated ginger
- 1 ½ – 2 tsp chili garlic sauce (omit if you prefer less heat)
- 1-3 Tbsp hot water to thin
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together tahini, tamari, lime juice (start with lesser amount), maple syrup, minced garlic, grated ginger, and chili garlic sauce. Add hot water 1 Tbsp (15 ml) at a time to thin it out into a pourable sauce (we added 1 Tbsp (15 ml) as recipe is written // amount needed will depend on thickness of tahini).
- Taste and adjust if needed, adding more tahini for creaminess, tamari for saltiness, lime juice for acidity, maple syrup for sweetness, garlic or ginger for zing, or chili garlic sauce for heat.
- Serve in a stir fry (with vegetables, grains, and/or noodles). Best when fresh. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Whisk in additional water after refrigerating to thin. Not freezer friendly.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.