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Easy Asian Orange Sauce Recipe

Our Asian orange sauce recipe is a delicious, rich, Umami sauce. Perfect for fish and chicken dinners. This chinese orange sauce is a yummy, healthy option to bottled Orange sauces.

Homemade Asian Orange Sauce Recipe Is A Delicious, Thick, Rich, Umami Orange Sauce! A Yummy, Healthy Option To Bottled Orange Sauces With Way Too Many Indecipherable Ingredients And Heavy Sugar Loads. Low-Fat, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free!
Asian Orange Sauce

Store bought bottled sauces in general have way too many indecipherable ingredients and heavy sugar loads. This homemade thick orange sauce is Low-Fat, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free.

What does Orange Sauce taste like?

Orange sauce has a sweet and sour taste. This delicious sauce is often made into a thick jelly like consistency. The combination of sweet orange juice and honey mix with the tangy and tart flavors of Tamari, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic. This sauce is commonly poured over white rice, chicken, or fish dinners. This sauce is not the same as traditional sweet and sour sauce. A sweet and sour sauce is made with pineapple juice. The orange sauce does not contain pineapple juice and instead has orange juice in it.

Can you Freeze Orange Sauce?

Orange Sauce can be frozen up to 3 months if properly stored in an airtight container. To freeze orange sauce simply transfer the sauce from the stove into a bowl. Let the sauce cool to room temperature and place sauce into airtight container. Label container with freezer date and freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw the sauce, place the airtight container under running water.

Asian cooking is relatively new in my repertoire. I’ve been studying lots of delicious looking recipes and now I’m forging new trails in my kitchen pantry. Making homemade sauces just makes sense.

They are very simple to make and can improve the health of your family.

This easy recipe for orange Sauce is a great example of that. I was motivated to make my own orange sauce after making Orange Chicken Sausage Beef meatballs.

Recipes that use this Easy Orange Sauce:

When you need an easy dinner with an asian twist. Try this sauce over one of these recipes. They are so good.

The sauce I used for that was Panda express (blush). Yes, I was so horrified by what was in that bottle I didn’t use it for a long, long time. But I Couldn’t bring myself to throw that sauce away either.

So I finally used the bottled Panda sauce to make those meatballs. They were really yummy; BUT:

This homemade Orange sauce is even better. Use this one instead of Panda express.

This is the orange chinese sauce I use in our very popular Instant Pot Orange Chicken Recipe.

Watch Kayti make this dinner in our recipe demonstration video in the sidebar. And in the bottom of the printable recipe card. SO yummy!!

It’s marvelous over white fish and chicken. Chicken breasts and chicken thighs are delicious this way.

Asian Orange Sauce Recipe Notes:

This sauce is made with real ingredients that are good for you. The orange flavor comes from real orange juice with a hint of ginger and garlic for zing.

Sweetening with honey benefits the sauce in both flavor and texture. Use either soy sauce or Tamari. If you are gluten free be sure to use tamari.

And it’s Easy as can be. Here’s the process:

Gather your fresh, organic ingredients.

Asian Orange Sauce Recipe Ingredients
Here are the main ingredients for this sauce

Put it all in a frying pan and boil it until it begins to reduce and thicken. Whisk constantly. This should only take about five minutes.

Next, Add in the cornstarch and water mixture and cook (while whisking) on low heat until the thickness suits your purposes.

Boiling Asian Orange Sauce
boil the ingredients together until the sauce begins to thicken and reduce. It only takes a few minutes.

Feel free to Adjust the seasonings to suit your palate. You can add some orange zest to intensify that chinese orange chicken vibe.

I would leave off the zest for a beef dinner. The mellower version blends better with beef and pork.

I made this sauce and poured it over my Tilapia fillets. That created the  Baked Tilapia in Asian Orange Sauce recipe. That is a great dinner.

I encourage you to make your own version of this yummy asian sauce. Let us know in the comments section below what you did. I’d love to know how it turns out for you.

Asian Orange Sauce
Chinese Orange Sauce recipe makes a thick rich sauce.

Your Printable Recipe Card:

Asian Orange Sauce
Yield: 1 cup of sauce

Asian Orange Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Homemade Asian orange sauce recipe is a delicious, thick, rich, Umami orange sauce!  A yummy, healthy option to bottled Orange sauces with way too many indecipherable ingredients and heavy sugar loads. Low-Fat, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free!


  • 1 large orange-freshly squeezed to make 1/2 Cup of juice
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger-minced
  • 1 large or several small cloves of garlic-minced
  • 1 Tablespoon tamari (or soy) sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 Cup water


  1. Put all ingredients into a non stick frying pan and boil for a few minutes.
  2. Whisk until the sauce reduces enough to begin thickening.
  3. Mix the cornstarch and water together and pour half of it into the boiling sauce, whisking until the sauce thickens to your desired consistency.(a syrup consistency works well).
  4. Use the remaining cornstarch as necessary.
  5. Remove from heat and cool to desired temperature.
  6. Store in the fridge covered for up to a week. If it gets too thick warm it a bit and whisk in a little water.


For a gluten free sauce use Tamari rather than Soy sauce.

More intense orange flavor:

Add some orange zest into the frying pan. This will really bring out that chinese orange chicken vibe. I don't include it the ingredients. I'll leave it to you to add it. Use a 1/2 Tsp and go up from there.

Zest adds a strong flavor. It might unbalance the flavor profile with the ginger and soy. So Taste before you go too crazy with the zest.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

2 Tablespoons

Amount Per Serving Calories 69

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Recipe adapted from: Pioneer Woman


Monday 24th of January 2022

Fyi, not all of us cook a lot so "add all ingredients to pan", then "mix cornstarch with water and add", wasn't great for me. I added it right off the bat. :(


Tuesday 12th of July 2022

@Susan, Sadly, I just did Exactly the same thing! I'm sure hoping it's not a total waste 🙄


Monday 24th of January 2022

Hi Susan, I'm sorry the recipe was not clear to you. I'll go in and make those changes. Thanks for helping me see your confusion.

Judy Cupps

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

What about adding orange zest to the orange sauce?


Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Hi Judy, I think orange zest is a great idea.Give it a try and let us know how it goes. Enjoy!

Pam McGinnis

Sunday 9th of December 2018

How to make a good orange sauce that is "Orangy"


Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

What is serving size?


Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

Hi Val, 1/2 Cup is the servings size. Thanks for the question. I'll update the post. Have a great day!

Mary harper

Friday 9th of March 2018

Is it possible to freeze this ?


Friday 9th of March 2018

Hi Mary, In order to freeze this sauce successfully replace the cornstarch with either tapioca starch or arrowroot as a thickener. When frozen, cornstarch will ruin the texture of the sauce. Arrowroot will replace the cornstarch one to one in this recipe and give you a nice result I believe.You may have to cook the sauce a bit longer to get it to thicken though. Thanks for the question and have a great day.Please let me know how it turns out for you!

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