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Soy Glaze (Sweet and Sticky Recipe)

This soy glaze is the perfect addition to any dish needing a sweet and savory kick. 

With its thick and sticky texture, it clings to any food surface. This enhances the flavors with a burst of umami. 

A spoonful of sweet and sticky soy glaze
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Soy sauce, a classic ingredient in many dishes, is the base for this glaze. 

But with the addition of sugar and other seasonings, it transforms into a rich and complex sauce. 

So, let’s get right into the soy glaze recipe. Who has time to wait!?

Soy Glaze

Soy glaze is a delectable sticky sauce that combines the flavors of soy sauce and sugars. 

Through reduction, the sauce becomes thick, concentrated, and bursting with flavor.

Crafting this sauce is a breeze, taking less than 10 minutes to prepare. 

Its blend of sweetness and saltiness elevates any ordinary protein or vegetable. 

I love it because it’s an incredibly versatile kitchen condiment. This recipe offers a swift solution for an Asian-inspired sauce that I can conveniently store in my refrigerator. 

It also holds up well in the refrigerator.

Soy Glaze Ingredients: Brown and White Sugar, Soy Sauce, Vinegars and Ginger


You only need a few ingredients to whip up this delicious sauce:

Brown and white sugar These sugars are essential in achieving the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors that make soy glaze so irresistible.

Soy sauce Soy sauce isn’t just about saltiness. It’s also a key source of depth and complexity.

Vinegars The tart acidity of white wine vinegar perfectly balances out the sweet and savory notes of the soy sauce beautifully.

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Ginger The combination of soy sauce and ginger creates a perfect balance of savory and spicy flavors to elevate any dish.

How to Make Soy Glaze 

  1. Mix the ingredients. Combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, white sugar, water, white wine vinegar, rice vinegar, and ground ginger in a saucepan. Ensure all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir continuously to dissolve the sugars and promote even flavor distribution. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain a gentle simmer. 
  3. Allow the mixture to simmer. It should take around 30 minutes until it reduces by half. It should create a thick and potent glaze.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let the glaze cool. It will continue to thicken, developing a sticky texture and intensified flavor. I recommend letting the glaze cool for at least 1 hour to reach its optimal thickness.
A bowl of savory chicken with rice, topped with green onions, garnished with soy glaze

Tips for the Best Soy Glaze

To make your glaze even better, follow these simple tips:

  • Balancing out the sweetness. Adjust the sweetness to your preference by varying the amount of sugar or using alternative sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. 
  • Consistency control. For a thicker glaze, simmer the mixture for longer to allow more water to evaporate. If a thinner consistency is desired, reduce the cooking time. 
  • Try fun flavors and variations. Enhance the flavor of the soy glaze by adding complementary ingredients such as minced garlic, grated ginger, or a splash of citrus juice.

Serving Suggestions

Once you try this soy glaze, you’ll want to put it on everything! Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Enhance grilled and roasted meats. Brush soy glaze over grilled or roasted meats such as chicken, beef, or pork. It adds a caramelized and flavorful glaze that enhances the taste.
  • Sweeten up stir-fries. Add soy glaze to stir-fries for a burst of umami flavor. Toss your favorite vegetables, protein, and noodles in the glaze for a quick and delicious meal.
  • Drizzle it over seafood. Enhance the taste of grilled or baked seafood, such as salmon, shrimp, octopus, or scallops, by drizzling soy glaze over them. It adds a rich and savory note.
  • Top roasted veggies with it. Roast or sauté vegetables like Brussels sprouts, carrots, or broccoli, then toss them in soy glaze to give them a sweet and tangy coating.
  • Use it as a dipping sauce. Serve soy glaze as a dipping sauce alongside dumplings, spring rolls, or sushi rolls.

How to Store 

If you have leftover soy glaze, here’s how to keep it fresh:

  1. Allow the soy glaze to cool completely before storing it. Ensure it has reached room temperature.
  2. Transfer the glaze to a clean, air-tight container. You can use a jar or a resealable bottle.
  3. Be sure the container is dry. This will prevent any moisture from affecting the glaze’s quality.
  4. Store the soy glaze in the refrigerator. It’ll maintain its freshness and prevent spoilage.
  5. Use the glaze within a few weeks for the best quality and flavor.

Soy Glaze (Sweet and Sticky Recipe)



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This sweet and sticky soy glaze makes meals even more delicious! Made with sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and vinegar, it has a flavor no one can resist!


  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup white sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger


  • In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, white sugar, water, white wine vinegar, rice vinegar, and ground ginger.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugars and ensure an even distribution of flavors.
  • Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer for approximately 30 minutes, or until it is reduced by half.
  • Remove the saucepan from heat and let the glaze cool for at least 1 hour to achieve optimal thickness.
Soy Glaze

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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