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

Updated on September 21, 2018
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Garlicky Sweet Soy Glaze: A Japanese-Inspired Sauce
Garlicky Sweet Soy Glaze: A Japanese-Inspired Sauce | Source

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.

ingredients for sweet soy sauce
ingredients for sweet soy sauce | Source

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch, optional
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utensils in preparing the sweet soy sauceutensils for sweet soy sauce recipe
utensils in preparing the sweet soy sauce
utensils in preparing the sweet soy sauce | Source
utensils for sweet soy sauce recipe
utensils for sweet soy sauce recipe | Source

Utensils

For Preparing the Ingredients:

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

For Cooking the Garlicky Sweet Soy Glaze:

  • pot
  • cooking spoon

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 7 min
Yields: 2 cups

Instructions

  1. Make a slurry by diluting cornstarch into 1/4 cup water. Set aside.
  2. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup 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. Best served with fried or grilled foods.
  5. 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.
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Finished Product

pan fried milkfish served with garlicky sweet soy glaze
pan fried milkfish served with garlicky sweet soy glaze | Source

Tips and Techniques

  1. If crispy fried garlic bits are not available, you can also use fresh garlic. Simply saute the garlic before adding all the ingredients.
  2. Adjust the amount of garlic if preferred.
  3. Increase the amount of sugar for a sweeter version of this recipe.
  4. 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.
  5. Add more slurry to make the sauce thicker.

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 weeks ago from California

        Hello Louise,

        You will surely love it! Hope you find time trying it. Enjoy. Thanks for dropping by!

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        Louise Powles 

        3 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

        This sauce sounds really nice. I'd love to give this a try. Thankyou for the recipe.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 weeks ago from California

        Hi Liz,

        I'm glad that you like my recipes. I think that's what we need to learn when it comes to cooking. We must create dishes using the items inside our pantry or refrigerator rather than start looking for expensive imported ingredients in specialty stores. As we are all aware of, availability of ingredients may vary from countries to countries. We need to be creative, we need to find alternatives. I hope you continue to enjoy my recipes. Thanks a lot!

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 weeks ago from UK

        One of the great selling points for your recipes is that I often have the ingredients to hand. Another is their simplicity so that even the more basic cook like myself can attempt your recipes with confidence.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 weeks ago from California

        Hello Pamela,

        It's really easy indeed. I also love the sauce as it allows me to enjoy the taste of Japanese food without spending too much eating in a restaurant.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This sounds great, and I would like to try this sauce. It sounds easy, and I love tha!

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 weeks ago from California

        Hi Angel,

        It's really amazing and absolutely delicious! Something you really need to try.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        3 weeks ago from California

        Hello Ethel,

        Yes, these two are the same thing. The term cornstarch is commonly used in the USA while corn flour is used in the UK. Hopefully, that helps. Cheers!

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        Angel Harper 

        3 weeks ago

        wow looks amazing!

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        Ethel Smith 

        3 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        Hmmm garlic. Is cornstarch what we call cornflour here do you know Dred?

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        4 weeks ago from California

        Hi Carol,

        Yes, give it a try. You won't regret it! It is the most affordable way to make this classic Japanese sauce. Thanks for dropping by.

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        Carol Fischer 

        4 weeks ago from Dubai

        Brilliant. I should definitely try this.

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