Corn Starch Cooking Tips: Use in place of flour as a thickener. Corn starch dissolves better than flour. If your gravy, sauce or soup recipe calls for flour, replace with half as much corn starch. Dissolve in cold water before adding to hot liquids. Mix corn starch with a little cold water until smooth, then gradually stir into hot liquid. Stir until it boils; boil one minute. Northern Chinese Marinade: 1 tbsp clabber girl corn starch; 2 tbsp light soy sauce; 3 tbsp minced fresh ginger; 1 tsp sugar; 1 tsp sherry or dry white wine. Combine all ingredients and mix until corn starch and sugar are dissolved. Marinate meat for 3-5 minutes before stir frying. This marinade is used primarily for beef but it can be used for chicken and shrimp. Shake can before using.