Oyster sauce is a popular condiment used in many Asian cuisines, particularly in Chinese cooking. It is a thick, brown sauce made from oysters that have been boiled, the liquid is then thickened with cornstarch and flavored with sugar, salt, and soy sauce. Some variations of oyster sauce may also contain additional ingredients such as MSG, caramel coloring, or other flavorings.

Oyster Sauce

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Oyster sauce has a rich, savory flavor with a hint of sweetness and a slightly briny taste from the oysters. It is commonly used as a seasoning or marinade for meat, seafood, and vegetables, as well as a dipping sauce for dumplings and other appetizers. It can also be added to stir-fries, soups, and noodle dishes to enhance their flavor.


  • 1 cup oysters, shucked and drained

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup water


  • In a small saucepan, combine the drained oysters, soy sauce, and sugar.
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and water together until the cornstarch has dissolved.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the oyster mixture and stir well.
  • Continue to cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it has thickened and become glossy.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool.
  • Once cooled, transfer the sauce to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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