Honey Garlic Sauce

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This is an all-purpose sauce that can be paired with almost anything. Try using Honey Garlic Sauce as a dip for eggrolls, in stir fry’s, or toss it with some freshly cooked chicken wings!

A spoon scooping out honey garlic sauce from a jar.

Homemade honey garlic sauce is so much better than storebought! You know exactly what is going in it. There are no added ingredients or preservatives. It’s also so easy to make with only 7 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time.

This homemade sauce stores so well. It will last up to two weeks stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. And let’s not forget to mention how universal it is. You can use this sauce for stir fry’s, as a dip, or as a coating for fried chicken wings.

This sauce reminds me of our Chinese garlic sauce but it’s made with a ton of honey for added sweetness.

If you enjoy Asian-style sauces, you might also want to try our drunken noodle sauce.


Why This Recipe Works

  • The combination of soy sauce, honey, and garlic makes this one flavorful sauce.
  • It’s thickened with a cornstarch slurry. This gives the thick texture that’s perfect in stir fry’s or over chicken wings.

What You Need

To make this honey garlic sauce recipe, you will need just a handful of ingredients:

Ingredients in glass bowls.

Ingredients

  • Soy sauce: You can use regular, low-sodium, or gluten-free soy sauce.
  • Honey: We prefer to use local honey for the added benefits.
  • Rice vinegar: You can also use apple cider vinegar but it’s best to avoid white distilled vinegar as it can be too harsh in flavor.
  • Olive oil: Look for an extra virgin variety.
  • Garlic: You can add more or less depending on how potent you prefer the sauce to be.
  • Cornstarch: Mixed with water, this creates a slurry that will thicken the sauce.

Recommended Tools

  • All you need for this sauce is a saucepan and whisk.

How to Make Honey Garlic Sauce

You can have this homemade honey garlic sauce in less than 10 minutes.

Be sure to check out the full recipe and ingredient list below

  1. Combine the ingredients. Place the soy sauce, honey, vinegar, oil, and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Make cornstarch slurry. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with water. Pour the slurry into the saucepan and whisk until the sauce thickens.
  3. Serve. Transfer to a jar or serving bowl and use how you wish.
Honey garlic sauce in a saucepan with whisk.

Tips For Success

  • I highly recommend using freshly minced garlic! Freshly minced garlic is more pungent and flavorful compared to the pre-minced store-bought one.
  • Making a cornstarch slurry prevents the cornstarch from seizing and becoming clumpy in the sauce.
  • You can use the sauce right away or allow it to cool and refrigerate it for up to 2 weeks.
Overhead view of honey garlic sauce in glass jar.

Storage & Freezing

Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature then refrigerate in a tight sealing jar or container for up to two weeks.

We don’t recommend freezing this sauce.

Honey Garlic Sauce

5 from 1 vote
A spoon scooping out honey garlic sauce from a jar.
This is an all-purpose sauce that can be paired with almost anything. Try using this honey garlic sauce as a dip for eggrolls, in stir fry's, or toss it with some freshly cooked chicken wings!
Sauce Fanatic
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 8

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons water

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, oil, and garlic over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Pour the cornstarch slurry into the saucepan and whisk until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute.
  • Transfer the sauce to a container or serving bowl and let cool slightly or completely before serving. 

Notes

Soy sauce: You can use regular, low-sodium, or gluten-free.
Rice vinegar: You can make this with apple cider vinegar.
Storage: Honey garlic sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 1 cup.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 0.2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg

The nutrition information provided is for convenience and as a courtesy only. It is not guaranteed to be accurate because nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator and input the exact ingredients and brands you used in the recipe.

CourseCondiments
CuisineAsian
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