General Tso's Secret

General Tso's Secret
General Tso's Secret
General Tso's Secret General Tso's Secret
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Net Weight:
3.4 oz
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Our General Tso’s Secret seasoning blend is driven by the sweet, fermented funk of tamari soy sauce powder and the aromatic pungency of ample amounts of garlic and onions. This highly-textured blend has chunks of garlic and onion and nutty, crunchy, oily sesame seeds. The fun piquancy of tamari powder rises up right behind the aromatics, then warm, friendly paprika and the lemony heat of ginger come in next. Thai chiles bring a lively heat that’s energetic and engaging, not super-hot or overwhelming. We blend our General Tso’s Secret in our facility in small batches, to protect freshness and flavor in our products.

General Tso, or Zuo Zongtang, was a 19th-century Chinese military leader who was born in the Hunan province, and it’s safe to assume he never ate a dish that resembled the chicken that bears his name. The origins of that dish can be found in 1950s-era Taiwan, where Hunan chef Peng Chang-kuei fled after the Communist takeover of China in 1949. Peng became a restaurateur and named his signature dishes after famous Hunan figures through history, including General Tso, but it was originally more sour and salty, and not deep-fried. Then in the 1970s, New York chef Tsung Ting Wang traveled to Taiwan. He tried Peng’s dish and was inspired to reinvent one of his own dishes—General Ching’s Chicken—with influence from Peng’s recipe, but made for the American palate. Wang was the chef that gave it a thick batter and sweet sauce, and it took America by storm.


Tips From Our Kitchen


General Tso’s Secret is a terrific seasoning base for soups and stews; add it to Cantonese braised beef, hot and sour soup, or a miso ramen bowl. It’s excellent in stir fries, like chicken and cashews. Or, go vegetarian and make a veggie and cashew stir fry. This is a great seasoning to add to hearty greens; mix into the pot when you’re making collard greens or add to the sauté pan for broccoli rabe or blanched escarole. Make spicy Asian green beans, or blend into a dip with white beans and lime juice. This seasoning blend would also be wonderful sprinkled in with sweet potato hash or stirred into grits.

We blend General Tso’s Secret with onion, garlic, sesame, paprika, tamari soy sauce powder (tamari soy sauce (soybeans, salt, sugar) and non-GMO maltodextrin), salt, ginger, and Thai chile powder.

The tamari in our Tamari Soy Sauce Powder used in this blend is naturally gluten-free, as is the rice-based maltodextrin carrier powder the tamari is sprayed on. This blend is gluten-free.


Hungry for more information?

Asian Spices and Seasonings
The Best Soup Seasonings
The Flavors of China
A Brief History of General Tso's Chicken


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.5g1%

Dietary Fiber0.8g3%

Total Sugars0.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.7 out of 5
6 total ratings.

Alison S. (Verified buyer) 09/21/2021
Tastes awesome So I had a house fire and had to replace everything I had. This includes all my spices. I chose to replace everything with SpiceInc. products. I do not regret my decision. I have not gotten to try out all of them yet but I have used quite a few and they are great! You can smell the freshness when you open them. None of that bland what could it be spices from the grocery store. Definitely give them a try you won’t regret it.

Gus R. (Verified buyer) 08/22/2021
great taste Added it to a flour coating for chicken breast and it added really nice flavor. Enjoyed it alot.

john k. (Verified buyer) 11/09/2020
Great taste Great for sprinkling on anything. Doesn't taste like general Tso's but is very good.

Laura M. (Verified buyer) 06/01/2020
LOVE this blend of Spices! I've been really cooking out of my comfort-zone these past couple of months, and have been missing Asian take out. Adding General Tso's Secret to Chicken and Vegetables pan-fried with noodles really helped! :) It definitely adds a kick to the dish!

Majeedah M. (Verified buyer) 01/08/2020
We love it! I love it! So much so, I'm on the east coast and felt compelled to share it with my family on the west coast. They love it too! Attached is a pic of my daughters sweet and sour chicken dish she made using General Tso's Secret 😊.

William G. (Verified buyer) 03/29/2020
Is just OK. I recently ordered several items from Spices Inc. General Tso's Secret was the least impressive of the lot. I found it a little more useful when ground a bit finer in my stainless steel mortar and pestle. Everything else I received was above expectations. I will be ordering again.