General Tso sauce

Homemade General Tso Sauce

General Tso sauce

Homemade General Tso Sauce

Adina Elena Vladulescu
Did you know it is actually very easy to make your own General Tso (Tao) sauce? It is sweet and slightly spicy with a kick from garlic and ginger.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 2 portions


  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp Sriracha
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2-3 tbsp cornstarch
  • Sesame seeds to decorate


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, stir in sesame oil, maple syrup, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ketchup, Sriracha, water, paprika, garlic cloves and minced ginger.
  • Bring to boil and then reduce the heat to a light simmer.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch and cook until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add your protein source and vegetables and simmer until they are both cooked. This time I used frozen pre-cooked shrimps, bean sprouts and Normandy-style frozen vegetables.
  • Pour the sauce over some cooked vermicelli or rice and decorate with sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy!

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