Soy Honey Garlic Sauce – The Perfect All-Around Sauce

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Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Share My Kitchen

“Complete magic” is the only way to describe homemade soy honey garlic sauce or paste. It works its spicy, sticky magic!

It only takes 7 ingredients, and you’ll be astonished at how easy it is to make.

You can’t deny that homemade sauce is very delicious. Also, it’s a simple recipe that is easy to follow, so you are going to love it.

  1. All the ingredients are common. You really won’t believe the amount of bad stuff that is in store-bought stuff.
  2. It’s incredibly easy and simple. You can literally whip it up in 10 minutes, and you will possibly have plenty of leftovers.
  3. Leftovers!!! The good thing about this sauce is that it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. But, keep it in an airtight container, and give it a stir before using.
  4. This sauce can be used in almost any dish. You can try this honey garlic sauce in salads, stir-fries, or even toss it with freshly baked chicken wings.

Recipes to Serve with Honey Garlic Sauce

Ingredients You Needed

  1. Soy Sauce
  2. Honey 
  3. Brown Sugar
  4. Fresh Garlic 
  5. Rice Vinegar
  6. Water 
  7. Cornstarch

How to Make Soy Honey Garlic Sauce

Yes, it takes only TEN minutes to make this sauce. Honestly, sometimes, it can take you 10 minutes to open the jar of store-bought stuff.

It is also recommended to use freshly minced garlic instead of pre-minced, or the ones already in a jar, that you can find in the store. Freshly minced garlic tastes better and fresher. It has a stronger flavor, and it has a tangy taste, which is what you need for homemade honey garlic sauce.

This honey garlic sauce only needs minimal work to make. It’s the kind that you set and forget. However, it only takes five minutes to cook, so don’t leave it alone for too long.

To begin making the sauce, add the soy sauce, firmly packed brown sugar*, honey, garlic (only 5 cloves), and rice vinegar in a small pan. Then, combine the cornstarch and water in a separate bowl, and stir to combine. Add the cornstarch “slurry” to the pan with the other ingredients you already have, then whisk to combine them.

* Press the brown sugar into the measuring spoon. Brown sugar will make a small sandcastle in your bowl when it is well packed.

NOTE: A “slurry” can be made when you whisk cornstarch with a liquid before adding it to the other ingredients. This will prevent the cornstarch from sticking together and becoming clumpy.

Next, put your saucepan on the stove at medium heat, and bring it to a boil. Set your timer for five minutes once it is boiling.

After five minutes of boiling, take the saucepan off the heat, and add the remaining minced garlic cloves. This gives the honey garlic sauce an extra kick of flavor and makes it pop!

You can transfer the sauce into a container or serving bowl, then let it cool slightly or completely before you serve it. Or, you can keep it in the fridge with a ready-to-use sauce for any dish you desire.

How to Properly Store Leftovers 

You need to store any leftover sauce in an airtight container, then refrigerate it. Enjoy the sauce within two weeks, but stir it before serving. 


What is honey garlic sauce made of?

Only 7 ingredients are required! Honey garlic sauce is made from honey and garlic. However, this sauce is also made with some soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, cornstarch, and water. 

How long does honey garlic sauce last?

You can keep the honey garlic sauce in an airtight container, and leave it in the refrigerator. Enjoy your honey garlic sauce within two weeks, but give it a quick stir before you serve it.

How much is a clove of garlic?

A minced clove of garlic can equal anywhere from 1/2 teaspoon to 1 1/2 teaspoons. It actually all depends on how big the clove is. For this recipe, each clove is approximately 1/2 teaspoon, or around 7 to 8 cloves.

How do you thicken honey garlic sauce?

The answer is cornstarch! Cornstarch is the perfect thickening agent for any sauce. However, make sure to mix the cornstarch with the liquid BEFORE you add it to the sauce. Failure to do this will cause the cornstarch to stick together in the sauce, and it will become clumpy.

Recipe Card


  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • ⅓ cup Brown Sugar
  • 7-8 cloves Garlic, minced and separated (~ 1 ½ Tablespoons)
  • 2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch


  1. Add the honey, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, and 5 cloves of garlic (around 1 tablespoon) into a small saucepan. Whisk to mix well.
  2. Combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl. Use a spoon to stir the cornstarch until it is completely dissolved. Then, pour the mixture into a saucepan.
  3. Put the saucepan with the ingredients over medium heat Then, whisk frequently while bringing it to boil.
  4. After the sauce has boiled, reduce the heat a little bit, and allow it to boil for another 5 minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes, remove the saucepan off the heat, and add in the remaining minced garlic cloves (1/2 tablespoon) after 5 minutes.
  6. You can transfer the sauce into a container or serving bowl, and allow it to cool slightly or completely before you serve it.


Your prepared honey garlic sauce can be kept in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator

2 Tablespoons = 1 Serving

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