Honey garlic sauce is a spicy-sweet, savory sauce that can elevate all your other recipes. All you need to make this honey garlic wing sauce is a handful of simple ingredients and ten minutes of prep time.
In today’s post, I am excited to teach you how to make honey garlic sauce. Whether you are cruising for a honey garlic wing sauce, or simply looking for your new go-to condiment, this recipe is sure to impress.
This spicy, sweet, and savory sauce goes with just about everything! Use your honey garlic sauce for chicken, meatballs, pork chops, pork tenderloin, stir fry, and more — with this sticky, sweet garlic sauce, you can’t go wrong!
Make honey garlic sauce for chicken, as a glaze for salmon or pork, or as a dipping sauce for all your favorite appetizers. Your family won’t be able to get enough.
How to Make Honey Garlic Sauce
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat. Add in the garlic cloves and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
STEP TWO: Whisk in the honey, water, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and cornstarch. Stir well to combine.
STEP THREE: Stir frequently and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. You want the sauce to be thick enough that it coats the back of a spoon.
STEP FOUR: Allow a few minutes for the sauce to cool. Enjoy!
What to Serve With Honey Soy Garlic Sauce
- Chicken Wings with Dry Rub or these Boneless Wings
- Baked Split Chicken Breast
- Ninja Foodi Salmon
- Air Fryer Meatballs or Turkey Meatballs
- Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
- Ninja Foodi Pork Chops
Variations for Honey Garlic Sauce
- Use a different thickener. Cornstarch isn’t the only way to thicken your honey garlic sauce. If needed, you can use all-purpose flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, or arrowroot powder. While these are all great alternatives, they are not all 1 to 1 substitutions. Make sure you do a bit of research first to get it right.
- Substitute powdered garlic. If you are out of fresh garlic, or want a milder garlicky bite, you can sub in powdered garlic for this recipe. A clove of garlic is roughly equivalent to ⅛ teaspoon of pure garlic powder. So, aim for about ½ teaspoon of powdered garlic to take the place of the 4 cloves. Start slowly and add more as needed.
- Switch up the sweeteners. If honey isn’t available for any reason, the best stand-in is pure maple syrup. For the brown sugar, it is possible to use a 1:1 white sugar substitute. However, brown sugar has a deep, caramel flavor that white sugar does not. You can mimic this element with a teaspoon of molasses added to the white sugar.
- Adapt as needed. There are several ways to adapt this recipe to fit any dietary restriction or preferences. For a vegan version, replace the butter with olive oil. To be soy free, you can use coconut aminos. No rice vinegar available? Sub in apple cider vinegar. Each of these tweaks will slightly alter the honey garlic sauce, but I assure you it will be just as delicious.
More Sweet and Spicy Sauce Recipes
- Buffalo Sauce
- Honey Buffalo Sauce
- 3 Ingredient Stir Fry Sauce
- 2 Ingredient BBQ Sauce
- Pineapple Sauce For Ham
- Honey Sriracha Sauce
- Cocktail Sauce Without Horseradish
What Goes With Honey Garlic Chicken?
Using honey garlic sauce for chicken is probably the most common way to include this scrumptious sauce. But what about side dishes? Try some of these easy recipes to round out your meal.
- Air Fryer Broccoli
- Air Fryer Baby Potatoes
- Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
- Ninja Foodi Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Carrots and Asparagus
- No-Fail Ninja Foodi Rice
What Is Honey Garlic Wing Sauce Made Of?
While recipes will vary slightly, this honey soy garlic sauce is a simple combination of garlic, honey, soy sauce, butter, vinegar, sugar, and cornstarch. Check out the section above for variations and substitutions!
How Long Can Honey Garlic Sauce Last In The Fridge?
When kept in a glass jar or airtight container, honey soy garlic sauce will last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Other Garlic-Infused Recipes You’ll Love:
- Garlic Cheese Bread
- Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
- Garlic Parmesan Wings in the Air Fryer
- Garlic Bread in the Air Fryer
- Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Honey Garlic Air Fryer Pork Chops
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- In a small pan over medium heat, melt the butter, then add the garlic cloves and cook for 1-2 minutes, until garlic is fragrant.
- Add the honey, water, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar and cornstarch and whisk well to combine.
- Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and then allow to simmer for 5 minutes, or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Allow to cool slightly.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 98Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 245mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.