How to Make Homemade Kecap Manis

Updated on August 1, 2019
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Kecap manis is a famous Indonesian sweet soy sauce that is used as a dipping sauce, flavoring, and marinade for many dishes. It has the combined taste of soy sauce and oyster sauce, but the thick consistency of the latter.

In Indonesia, this condiment is inexpensive and easy to find in shops. In other countries, however, it is typically carried only in Asian stores, and it's often quite expensive. I like to make my own kecap manis, which helps me save money. I love using this condiment to flavor my stir-fry dishes. Recently, I added it to a stir-fry with duck and vegetables, with great results. Now, it's time for you to learn how to make this delicious recipe at home.

Ingredients for making kecap manis
Ingredients for making kecap manis | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 inch size ginger, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 2 pieces cloves
  • 1 piece cinnamon bark
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Utensils for preparing the ingredientsUtensils for cooking and storing the condiment
Utensils for preparing the ingredients
Utensils for preparing the ingredients | Source
Utensils for cooking and storing the condiment
Utensils for cooking and storing the condiment | Source

Utensils

For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • 2 medium bowls
  • 5 small bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Chopping board
  • Knife

For Cooking Kecap Manis:

  • Pot
  • Whisk

For Storing Kecap Manis:

  • Strainer
  • Funnel
  • Condiment dispenser container

Cook Time and Yield

Prep time: 3 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 8 min
Yields: 1 1/4 cups

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients in a pot. Bring everything to boil.
  2. Let it cool down before transferring it into a clean condiment dispenser.
  3. Keep it for future use.

Tips and Techniques

  1. Use kecap manis as a replacement for soy sauce or oyster sauce.
  2. Add it to your stir-fry vegetables or meats.
  3. Serve it as a sweet dip for your favorite grilled foods.
  4. Combine it with chili sauce or chili paste to make a sweet and spicy sauce or dip.

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      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        13 months ago from California

        Hi Liz,

        This is absolutely a wonderful recipe that will let you taste the flavor of Indonesian foods!

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        Liz Westwood 

        13 months ago from UK

        This is a great idea.

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