There is only one way to describe homemade honey garlic sauce and that is, magic. Sticky, garlicky magic.
Side note; I went into my handy thesaurus app, thinking I needed another word for magic, and it came up with this "of impossible feats by tricks abracadabra". I also enjoy this way of describing this honey garlic sauce.
Ok back to the sauce.
7 ingredients is all it takes and once you have made it once, you will be left wondering where it has been all of your life!
This recipe and post was updated on January 28, 2020.
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There is something so good about a homemade sauce. It is a no BS situation, and I love that.
- You know all of the ingredients. Seriously, you wont believe how much crap is packed into the store bought stuff.
- It is SO EASY and SIMPLE. It literally only takes 10 minutes to whip up, and you will probably have leftovers.
- Leftovers. Leftovers!!! This sauce will last two weeks in the fridge! Just keep it in an air tight container and give it a quick stir before you use it.
- This is an all purpose sauce that can be added to almost anything. Try using this honey garlic sauce in stir fry's and salads or toss it with some freshly baked chicken wings!
A few things you will need to make this recipe
RECIPES THAT Honey Garlic Sauce pairs well with:
- Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
- Baked Tofu or Crispy Tofu Bites
- Oven Roasted Cauliflower
- Hot Honey Chicken Salad
- BBQ Roast Chicken
7 ingredients is all you need! Honey garlic sauce is made of, well… honey and garlic! But also some soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, water, and cornstarch are used to complete this iconic sauce.
Store prepared honey garlic sauce in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 2 weeks, giving it a quick stir before serving.
One clove of minced garlic equals anywhere between about ½ teaspoon to 1 ½ teaspoons, it all depends on the size of the garlic clove. For this recipe I calculate each clove to be approximately ½ teaspoon, totalling about 1 ½ Tablespoons (for 7-8 cloves).
Cornstarch! Cornstarch is a great thickening agent for any sauce. Make sure to mix the cornstarch with a liquid BEFORE adding it to the sauce though. Failing to do so will result in the cornstarch seizing up in the sauce and becoming clumpy.
Let's make some sauce!
- Soy Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Fresh Garlic
- Rice Vinegar
I hope you caught that one part, the part where I told you it only takes TEN MINUTES. Sometimes it takes me 10 minutes to find my husband to open the jar of the store bought stuff.
Talking about store bought stuff, I highly recommend using freshly minced garlic for this recipe opposed to the pre-minced, the already in a jar kind. Freshly minced garlic is well, fresher. It has a more pungent flavour and zangy taste, which is exactly what you want for homemade honey garlic sauce!
This honey garlic sauce requires very minimal effort to make, kind of a set it and forget it situation. But keep in mind that it only cooks for five minutes, so don't wander too far.
First, in a small saucepan, add the soy sauce, firmly packed brown sugar*, honey, garlic (only 5 cloves!) and rice vinegar. In a separate small bowl combine the water and cornstarch, stirring to combine. Now add the cornstarch “slurry” into the saucepan with the other ingredients and whisk to combine everything together.
*Press the brown sugar firmly into the measuring utensil. You can tell brown sugar is firmly packed when it makes a little sandcastle in your bowl.
Cook’s Note- A “slurry” is made when you whisk cornstarch with a liquid BEFORE adding it to the rest of the ingredients. Doing this will prevent the cornstarch from seizing and becoming clumpy.
Now, place your saucepan over medium heat on the stove and bring it to a boil. Once it is boiling, set your timer for five minutes.
After 5 minutes of boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the remaining minced garlic cloves. This adds an extra punch of flavour and makes this honey garlic sauce really pop!
Transfer the sauce to a container or serving bowl and let cool slightly or completely before serving. Or pop it in the refrigerator and have a handy jar of sauce ready to go on any dish your heart desires!
Store leftover sauce in an airtight container and refrigerate. Keep the sauce and enjoy within 2 weeks and stir before serving.
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- 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
- In a small saucepan add the soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, 5 cloves of garlic (~ 1 Tablespoon), and rice vinegar. Whisk to combine.
- In a small bowl combine the water and the cornstarch. Stir with a spoon until all of the cornstarch has dissolved and then pour the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan as well.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisking regularly, bring to a boil.
- Once the sauce is boiling, lower the heat a little bit and let it boil for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the remaining minced garlic cloves (~½ tablespoon).
- Transfer the sauce to a container or serving bowl and let cool slightly or completely before serving.
Prepared honey garlic sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
One serving = 2 Tablespoons
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 441mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g
Please Note- The nutritional information provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator and it will vary based on the ingredients that you use.
Updated January 28, 2020.