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How to Make Garlicky-Sweet Soy Glaze: A Japanese-Inspired Sauce

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Garlicky-sweet soy glaze: a Japanese-inspired sauce

Garlicky-sweet soy glaze: a Japanese-inspired sauce

Garlicky-Sweet Soy Glaze Recipe

Sweet soy glaze is a typical Japanese sauce that is used as a condiment or as a dipping sauce for fried or grilled foods. It is also a very typical stir-fry sauce in many Japanese restaurants.

For me, I simply like the combination of sweet and salty—with a hint of sour. The garlic provides an additional layer of taste and texture. Taste the classic flavor of Japanese cuisine with my recipe for garlicky-sweet soy glaze.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

2 min

5 min

7 min

2 cups

Ingredients for sweet soy sauce

Ingredients for sweet soy sauce


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons crispy fried garlic bits (store-bought)
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch, optional


For preparing the ingredients:

  • 1 medium bowl
  • 5 small bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

For cooking the glaze:

  • Pot
  • Cooking spoon


  1. Make a slurry by diluting cornstarch into 1/4 cup water. Set aside.
  2. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of water into a pot. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and cornstarch. Bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in crispy fried garlic and turn off the heat.
  4. Add slurry or cornstarch mixture to thicken up the sauce. Otherwise, simply reduce the mixture to achieve the right consistency. Reducing the sauce may result in a stronger flavor.
  5. This sauce is best served with fried or grilled foods.

Tips and Techniques

  • Try making your own crispy fried garlic bits at home. Or simply sauté some fresh garlic.
  • Adjust the amount of garlic if preferred.
  • Increase the amount of sugar for a sweeter version of this recipe.
  • Use other kinds of sugar available. Just remember that different varieties of sugar have their own distinctive tastes.
  • Keep in mind that the taste of soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar may vary depending on the brand you use. Feel free to adjust the amount of ingredients needed if necessary.
  • Add more slurry to make the sauce thicker.
  • Use this garlicky-sweet soy glaze recipe to flavor up other meats, such as chicken wings.
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