An Asian-inspired sweet and tangy sticky soy glaze that's perfect for dipping, ribs, bbq, wings, seafood, chicken, and pork. Deliciously sweet, spicy, sticky, and tangy!
This sweet and tangy sticky soy glaze is such a hit! It's so versatile, you can use this on seafood, pork, poultry, tofu, and veggies. This delicious Asian sauce only requires 5 minutes of cooking time! It's so fast and easy to make and keeps in the fridge for two weeks sealed in an airtight container.
I used this sauce to make these sticky Instant Pot Asian Ribs the other day and it was AMAZING! Check out the recipe below:
You can also use this as soy garlic wing sauce like I did with these Korean Fried Chicken wings!
This sweet and tangy soy glaze will be thick, syrupy, and stick-to-your-fingers good! Get some extra napkins ready because you'll need them!
- sticky Asian ribs
- Asian style wings
- stir fry sauce
- dipping sauce for chicken nuggets, egg rolls, fish sticks, kabobs
- seafood glaze
- Asian bbq sauce
- Asian style meatballs
Tips for making Sweet and Tangy Soy Glaze:
Add all the ingredients in a sauce pot and boil for 5 minutes. It should start to bubble up on itself and thicken up as the sauce reduces. Keep a close eye on it as it can reduce too much and start to burn. You'll know when it's ready it coats the back of a spoon.
The soy glaze will thicken up more as it cools so don't reduce this too much. It will look thinner when it's hot so I suggest spooning a little bit onto a plate and letting it cool down. The consistency should be thick like honey once it's cooled. The photo below is when the sauce has cooled. You can see how thick it is when running a spoon through it.
You can also let the soy glaze drizzle off a spoon after it's cooled. If it's reduced enough, it should slowly drip off the spoon like the photo below:
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Sweet and Tangy Soy Glaze
- 3 cloves garlic - chopped
- 1 inch piece of ginger - thick slices
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon Korean red pepper flakes - optional for spicy
- ½ teaspoon fennel seeds - optional
- Add all the ingredients in a pot and boil it uncovered for 5 minutes or until it's reduced to your liking. Keep stirring to make sure it doesn't burn. Remove the ginger slices. Serve with on the side or use as a glaze. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
✎ Recipe Notes
*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.
This glaze is so perfect!
This looks amazing, I can't wait to try it on my crispy tofu!
Perfect on ribs!!
I keep coming back to your recipe. It's so simple and so delicious!
Thanks Lizet! It's a great versatile sauce that works on everything!
this was so tasty!! it was surprisingly tangy, and i added some extra spice, SO good. i used it as a sauce for veggies and tofu over rice and it worked perfectly!!
Thanks Rocki! So glad you enjoyed this on veggies and tofu! It's such a versatile sauce.
Can this be coated on chicken drumsticks prior to slow cooking?
Hi Kerry! It depends, will you be cooking this on high heat or will it be uncovered while cooking? The glaze is a bit thick and contains sugar so it's prone to burn if subjected to high heat and can thicken too much if cooked for too long. I'd recommend adding a bit of water if that's the case and to keep an eye on it while cooking. Otherwise, you can use it to glaze the chicken once it's done cooking. Hope that helps!
This glaze looks amazing!
Made this three or four times now, it's amazing. Well balanced and perfect for chicken, salmon, veggies, you name it! We love tweaking the recipe a bit depending on the dish.
Thanks Kyle! So glad you like this. It's great for all types of protein isn't it? I just tossed some roasted broccoli in this too so do try with some vegetables! 🙂
Was making a stir fry that called for sweet soy, and my grocery store had everything but. Decided to try to make it myself and found this quick and easy recipe. The only ingredient I didn't have on hand was the hoisin, so I subbed peanut sauce and it was still great. Got raves from my family and the meal was gone in minutes. Fantastic sauce - thank you!
Thanks Jill! So glad to hear your family loved it! Great idea using peanut sauce! 🙂
I had some delicious salmon fillets to use, and I wanted to give them a delicious flavour. I came across your blog from a friend of mine, and I tried this glaze with the salmon. Delicious! Served with some steamed rice and green beans on the side. Such a tasty meal.
Thanks Bethany! That's a great idea serving this soy glaze with salmon. Honestly, it goes well with just about any protein. So happy you enjoyed it!
I used this glaze to toss over some roasted broccoli and it was absolutely incredible!!!
Thanks Alex! That's a great idea to use them on roasted broccoli! So glad you enjoyed it!
I actually found this sauce recipe while trying to make my mongolian beef recipe that calls for sweet soy glaze. This sauce by itself is absolutely amazing. Thank you...
I love it and family enjoyed it too. The only thing I’d change is maybe tad bit less sesame oil. I used a half tablespoon instead of the full tablespoon.
Thanks Stanley! So glad you enjoyed the glaze. It sounds amazing on Mongolian beef.
OMG !This looks so good and exactly like the sauce that is served with the Salmon dish we love at our favorite Winery/Restaurant !!! I cannot wait to try this at home. And as you said, one could use this sauce on seafood, chicken, pork or even just with a spoon! LoL. . I must say: Your recipe does appear to be better than others posted. Thanks so very much for posting and sharing with us!
Thank you so much! Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Oh boy how good does this look - love the flavours, the simplicity and can totally see myself using this later in the week with some chicken
I made this to brush on chicken wings and it was so good! It was so simple and easy to make. I'll be making this again.
I don't know how I've survived all of this time without this sauce in my life. It's soooo good!
I need this recipe. What I make just isn't great and I want the nice thick sauce like yours.
The very best sauce to put over chicken! One of our favorites.
Do I double all ingredients to double the recipe amount?
Goodness this glaze looks so good, yum! Such great flavors.