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This honey garlic sauce recipe is simple to make and works with anything! Try it on salmon, chicken, stir fries, and more.

Honey garlic sauce

Need a simple, homemade sauce that will dress up any meal? Try this Honey Garlic Sauce recipe! It comes together with just 8 ingredients in less than 10 minutes, making it an easy, no-hassle sauce for quick meals. You’ll want to paint a swath of this sticky, flavor-popping sauce on just about anything! It’s great for salmon, chicken, stir fries, and more. We first made it for our Honey Garlic Salmon, which was so good we’ve been making the sauce ever since.

Ingredients in honey garlic sauce

This honey garlic sauce has a short ingredient list of mostly pantry ingredients, which magically come together into a sticky, thick glaze. It’s great for stir fries, though we love it best painted on a lovely fillet of salmon. Even our 5 year old son loves it, which is a big win in our book! Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this simple recipe:

  • Soy sauce (regular, not low sodium)
  • Honey
  • Rice vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic
  • Fresh ginger root
  • Cornstarch
Honey garlic sauce

Tips for making honey garlic sauce (basic steps)

This honey garlic sauce is so quick and simple to make: it will take you longer to read about it than actually make the recipe itself! Here are a few notes to keep in mind:

  • Fresh ginger is not required, but it adds depth in flavor. Ginger root packs in a lot of spicy, zingy flavor to this sauce. You can leave it out since it might not be a refrigerator staple for you, but it adds a depth that we think is absolutely worth the purchase.
  • Use a microplane for easy grating. You can use it for both the garlic and ginger: you don’t even need to peel the ginger!

On using a cornstarch slurry

This honey garlic sauce recipe uses a cornstarch slurry, which is a mix of cornstarch and water (or another room temperature liquid). Here are a few notes about working with cornstarch:

  • If dry cornstarch is added directly to heated foods, it clumps up. So it’s best to add it to sauces and stir fries mixed with a little liquid first.
  • Cornstarch must be heated to around 203°F for the thickening to occur. It’s called “starch gelatinization”: the process where the the particles of cornstarch absorb water. You’ll notice that once you add the cornstarch slurry to the warm sauce, it immediately starts to thicken: the starch gelatinization has been activated!
Honey garlic sauce

Ways to use honey garlic sauce

How do you plan to use your honey garlic sauce? This recipe is extremely versatile and works with many different types of foods. Here are a few ideas:

Storage info

This recipe is quick to whip up and stores well. Store homemade honey garlic sauce refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, it starts to lose some of the potency in flavor.

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This honey garlic sauce recipe is…

Vegetarian, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free. For vegan, use maple syrup or agave syrup instead of honey.

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Honey garlic sauce

Easy Honey Garlic Sauce

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: ½ cup 1x


This honey garlic sauce recipe is simple to make and works with anything! Try it on salmon, chicken, stir fries, and more.


  • ¼ cup regular soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons water


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, oil, garlic powder, grated ginger and grated garlic over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and cornstarch. Pour the mixture into the saucepan and whisk until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Honey garlic sauce, honey garlic sauce recipe, garlic honey sauce, garlic honey sauce recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Love this! I’ve been looking for a recipe that tastes like something a friend made years ago and this is it!
    Perfect over meatballs we had for dinenr tonight!

  2. Just made this for some salmon. I had some meadowfoam honey and followed the recipe to the tee. Wow! This is my new sauce for everything.