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5 from 3 votes

Vegan Stir Fry or Oyster Sauce

Learn how to make a quick all-purpose umami seasoning with a just a few simple ingredients. This pantry staple sauce is the perfect one to elevate your dishes' taste. It is delicious and can be customizable to gluten-free and allium-free.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: Condiment, Sauces, vegan
Author: woonheng


  • 15 g dried Shiitake mushrooms softened, about 10 caps
  • 1 cup [235ml] veggie broth
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mix with 1 tablespoon water


  • Heat up a non-stick pan, then add in 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Add the mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms turn golden and aromatic.
  • Add the garlic and continue to sauté for another 30 seconds.
  • Add the sugar, salt, and soy sauce, then stir until well combined.
  • Add the vegetable broth and let the mixture simmer for about 1 minute or until slightly reduced.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry and stir until all incorporated, then turn off the heat.
  • Let the mixture cool off slightly, then transfer it into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Check the storage tips above and enjoy this sauce in your dishes.


  1. Mushrooms - the types and amount of mushrooms used determine the sauce's color. The more mushrooms you use, the darker the color is.
  2. Vegetable broth - can be substituted with vegetable stock or water.
  3. The sauce will set and turns thicker once cooled.