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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

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


For Preparing the Ingredients:

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

For Cooking the Garlicky Sweet Soy Glaze:

  • pot
  • cooking spoon
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


  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. This sauce is 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.

Garlicky Sweet Soy Glaze Step-by-Step

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.

Finished Product

pan fried milkfish served with garlicky sweet soy glaze

pan fried milkfish served with garlicky sweet soy glaze

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 23, 2018:

Hello Louise,

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

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 23, 2018:

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

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 21, 2018:

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!

Liz Westwood from UK on September 21, 2018:

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.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 20, 2018:

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.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 20, 2018:

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

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 20, 2018:

Hi Angel,

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

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 20, 2018:

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!

Angel Harper on September 20, 2018:

wow looks amazing!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 20, 2018:

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

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 19, 2018:

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.

Carol Fischer from Dubai on September 19, 2018:

Brilliant. I should definitely try this.

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