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Homemade Sweet Soy Glaze – A Versatile Sauce

Homemade Sweet Soy Glaze

You are probably obsessed with sweet and salty if you clicked on this post. I don’t blame you. These two flavors go so well together! 

Sweet soy glaze is a very popular sauce in Asian cooking. It’s often used to marinate meats, vegetables, tofu and other types of protein. It has a slightly salty flavor with a touch of sweetness. 

You can find sweet soy glaze or sauce at any Asian market or even online. But, this homemade sweet soy glaze is very easy to make and way better than store-bought. My favorite dishes to pair with this sauce is Lo Mein Noodles and Soy Glazed Pork Belly. Let’s give it a try. I’m sure this sweet soy glaze will become a staple in your cooking.

Homemade Sweet Soy Glaze


  • Minced garlic
  • Sliced ginger 
  • 1/2 cup Soy sauce
  • tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp oyster/hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • sesame seed – OPTIONAL

How to make sweet soy glaze at home?

  • In a saucepan, saute the ginger slice and garlic until become golden.

saute garlic and ginger

  • Add the rest of the ingredients except water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  
  • Add the water and turn the heat to medium. Simmer for about 10 minutes until the sauce slightly thickens. It becomes thicker as it cools down. 

sauce is dripping from spoon

  • Pick out the ginger slices and let the sauce cool down.  

picking out ginger with skimmer

  • OPTIONAL – Use a pestle and mortar to grind the sesame seed, then mix it with the sauce at the end.

grind sesame seed in pestle and mortar


  1. Watch out for sauce. As the sauce is boiling, you want it to still have that runny consistency. When the sauce cools down, it would become thicker.
  2. Water will evaporate from the sauce while simmering. Recommend adding water to prevent too much evaporation and reduce the risk of burning the sauce.

Dishes that use sweet soy sauce

You can make sweet soy glaze ahead of time and store in the fridge, when it’s time to prepare a quick dinner, this sauce can be used to make many delicious dishes, but here are just a few ideas:

Soy glazed pork belly

pork belly glazed

Shrimp yakisoba

Shrimp Yakisoba

-Pan-fried soy glazed eggplant – my favorite!

pan-fried soy glazed eggplant

There are also many variations of these recipes, so there’s sure to be a recipe that fits your taste. Experiment and see what you like the best!


Is sweet soy glaze the same as teriyaki?

There are a few key differences between the two sauces, the most notable of which is the sweet soy glaze. Teriyaki is a Japanese sauce that is typically made with soy sauce, sugar, sake, and garlic. The sweet soy glaze is a derivative of teriyaki that is sweeter. The two sauces also differ in terms of their flavors. Teriyaki is more savory, with a stronger flavor of soy and sake, while the sweet soy glaze is sweeter with a more pronounced sweetness.

How long does homemade sweet soy sauce glaze last?

Homemade sweet soy sauce is a delicious and easy way to add a touch of sweetness to your food. It is easy to make, and the sauce can last for up to three months if stored in a covered container in the fridge. Make sure to boil the sauce well and store it in a covered container.

What are the different types of soy sauce?

Soy sauce is a type of sauce that is made from soybeans. There are many different types of soy sauce, each with a different flavor and purpose. Some soy sauces are used as condiments, while others are used as ingredients in food. Some soy sauces are made with wheat, while others are made without wheat.

Homemade Sweet Soy Glaze


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