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Chinese Brown Sauce Recipe

Some of you may wonder how they make the brown sauces at the Chinese buffets. The truth is, there are many different ways to make a brown sauce and each of them is probably different in some way. Here is a pretty standard recipe for Chinese brown sauce that can be used with chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, etc. This is great for stir fry’s and I usually just coat chicken bits with a little corn starch, deep fry them and serve with this sauce. If you require some heat in your sauce try adding some red pepper flakes or chili paste.


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Chinese Brown Sauce Recipe


  • Author: Bobby
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Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon oil

 


Instructions

  1.  In a bowl mix soy sauce, brown sugar, chicken broth, and corn starch. Make sure the mixture is well combined and set aside.
  2.  Add 1 teaspoon of oil to a wok or saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir fry for 10 seconds.
  3. Add the chicken broth mixture and bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce becomes thickened and bubbly.

19 comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Just made this sauce for our stir-fry for dinner tonight. Loved it! Kids ranging in ages from 2-10 loved it. Husband loved it. Best brown sauce recipe I have found on web. I have tried a number of other recipes this one has been the most delicious. Thank you!!

  2. Julie says:

    I just made this recipe for the first time. I looked at a couple of other recipes before I chose this one. Since I love baby corns in brown sauce, I wanted to make them at home, since buying them from a chinese restaurant gets expensive. I bought a can of baby corns at the grocery store, and the recipe was a success! I had to add 2 extra tablespoons of corn starch though, because I felt the sauce was not becoming as thick as I wanted it to. The recipe tasted just like the chinese restaurant’s baby corns. I will definitely be using this recipe again.

  3. Anthony says:

    This sauce made Dad’s Chinese chicken, broccoli and rice a huge hit! This is my third time making in a week and a half!!!!! Great sauce the kids have now put this in the weekly dinner rotation!!!!!

  4. Scott says:

    Thank you for this. I saw many recipes online and this was the most simple – but tasted EXACTLY like I was looking for. I was trying to recreate a dish I had at a sushi restaurant by my house and it turned out fantastic. I know I can improve a bit and learned a lot from this first time trying to make this.

    Pan seared sea bass with Chinese brown sauce, scallions, jalapenos, and bamboo shoots. Served with white rice.

  5. Loryn says:

    Just tried this for the first time… this was my first attempt at a brown sauce… good but to much sugar. i would start low on the sugar and work your way up

  6. Momlyn says:

    I tried this recipe tonight and it was a hit! Tasted very close to my fave Chinese restaurant. I did, however, added 3 tbsp of cornstarch because 1 tbsp was not the thickness I was looking for. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Ciara says:

    Just made this. Its actually pretty good! Added a tad bit more cornstarch for a thicker consistency.

  8. Diane says:

    Thanks so much. I love this sauce but most restaurants oreoare it too sweet for my taste, is there a difference between this sauce and garlic sauce?

  9. wookiecook says:

    try using oyster sauce rather than the soy. It have a little thicker consistance. Also has a little better flavor than soy..

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