Irresistible Honey Garlic Sauce Recipe

Looking for a sumptuous sauce that will add some zing to your stir-fry or glazed salmon recipe? You’ve landed in the right place because I have the perfect recipe for you – Honey Garlic Sauce!

This gluten-free sauce is ideal for anyone who loves Chinese garlic sauce but wants to enjoy it without the gluten. It’s sticky, sweet, savory, and garlicky all at once, making any dish it accompanies taste divine. The best part? The ingredients are simple and can be found in any pantry.

In this article, I will provide you with all the necessary information to help you make this amazing sauce that will undoubtedly become a staple in your recipe book. From ingredient options to perfecting the recipe and storing leftovers, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get started and delve into the world of honey garlic deliciousness!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Honey Garlic Sauce (Gluten Free)
Honey Garlic Sauce (Gluten Free)

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to sauces, I want something that’s going to knock my socks off! And let me tell you, this honey garlic sauce does not disappoint! But what makes this sauce so special besides its sweet and savory flavor?

First of all, it’s gluten-free. Yes, you heard that right! So, for all my gluten-sensitive friends out there or anyone who wants to avoid gluten in their diet, this sauce is the perfect option for you. But just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean it lacks any flavor or texture. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! With the combination of honey and soy sauce, this sauce has that sticky and thick consistency that makes it perfect for coating chicken wings or salmon fillets.

Not only is this sauce delicious and gluten-free, but it’s also dairy-free. So if you’re lactose intolerant or avoiding dairy in your diet, fear not! You can still enjoy all the incredible flavors of this honey garlic sauce without any digestive issues. Plus, using margarine instead of butter not only makes this recipe dairy-free but also a healthier option.

But what really sets this sauce apart from other honey garlic sauces out there is the addition of brown sugar and chili flakes. The brown sugar adds a depth of flavor that rounds out the sweetness of the honey perfectly. And the chili flakes? Well, they add a bit of heat that elevates this sauce from just your typical sweet and savory dipping sauce to something more complex and interesting.

So why will you love this recipe? You’ll love it because it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, healthier than other recipes out there with its margarine substitution, and has a unique flavor profile thanks to its brown sugar and chili flakes. It’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of dishes from baked chicken breasts to glazed salmon fillets or even stir-fried vegetables. This honey garlic sauce will become a pantry staple in no time for you and your family!

Ingredient List

 A drizzle of golden honey and a touch of fresh garlic - what's not to love?
A drizzle of golden honey and a touch of fresh garlic – what’s not to love?

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this gluten-free Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • Water
  • Cornstarch
  • Brown sugar: A slight molasses flavor from brown sugar is perfect for a sweet and savory sauce like honey garlic sauce.
  • White vinegar
  • Honey: The star of the show, and it’s what makes the chicken taste amazing!
  • Chicken broth: Adds more depth and flavor to the sauce.
  • Margarine: Makes the sauce extra buttery and smooth.
  • Garlic cloves: Gives the sauce its classic garlic flavor.
  • Gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos (for paleo or refined sugar free option): Provides saltiness to counterbalance the sweet honey.
  • Olive oil: For sautéing garlic cloves.

The Recipe How-To

 This gluten-free honey garlic sauce is perfect for wing night or as a dip for veggies.
This gluten-free honey garlic sauce is perfect for wing night or as a dip for veggies.

Now, let’s get down to business – the recipe how-to! Get ready for a finger-licking good honey garlic sauce that will have you craving it for days to come.


First up, gather all the ingredients you’ll need:
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp margarine
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth for a vegan option)
– 1 tablespoon of cornstarch dissolved in ¼ cup water


With all the ingredients to hand, here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Melt the margarine in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant.
  3. Add the honey, white vinegar and gluten-free soy sauce, stir and cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl or cup, whisk together the chicken broth and cornstarch until smooth.
  5. Add this mixture to the saucepan and stir well.
  6. Let the honey garlic sauce simmer/cook for another minute or two, stirring often until it thickens to your desired consistency.
  7. Turn off the heat and let cool for at least 10 minutes.

Voila! A delicious sticky honey garlic sauce that can be used in many dishes, from baked chicken breast to glazed salmon to one pan stir-fry.

Pro Tips

To get the most out of this recipe, keep these pro tips in mind:

  • Don’t rush melting the margarine or sautéing your garlic – both steps should be done gently over medium heat so as not to burn anything.
  • When whisking together your cornstarch and water mixture, make sure everything is well combined – nobody wants lumps in their sauce!
  • If you like your honey garlic sauce to be a little spicier, add in a pinch of chili flakes or some chili honey to the mixture.
  • This recipe keeps well in the fridge for about a week, so make a larger batch and use it in different ways throughout the week.

Substitutions and Variations

 Say goodbye to store-bought sauces, and hello to homemade goodness!
Say goodbye to store-bought sauces, and hello to homemade goodness!

Ah, substitutions and variations – the spice of life! Now, if you’re feeling creative in the kitchen or looking to switch things up a bit, I’ve got some substitutions and variations for you to try out with this honey garlic sauce recipe.

First up, let’s talk about making this recipe gluten-free. You’ll be happy to know that this recipe is already gluten-free! However, if you’re looking to make it even more wholesome, try using coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. This will give the sauce a slightly sweeter, milder flavor.

If you’re looking for a dairy-free option, try using extra-virgin olive oil instead of margarine. It will add a light, fruity flavor to the sauce that pairs nicely with the garlic and honey.

Now, let’s talk about some fun ways to switch up this honey garlic sauce recipe. If you’re feeling bold, try adding some chili flakes or sriracha sauce to give it a spicy kick. You could also add some fresh ginger or chopped scallions for an Asian-inspired twist.

Another way to mix things up is by experimenting with different meats or veggies. This sauce is great on everything from baked chicken breast and salmon to stir-fried veggies and tofu. It also makes a delicious glaze for BBQ chicken wings or chicken tenders.

For all my fellow food bloggers out there, feel free to get creative with how you present this dish! Try serving it in individual bowls with your favorite sides or as a dipping sauce for appetizers like spring rolls or potstickers.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to this sticky honey garlic sauce recipe. So have fun experimenting and creating your own unique spin on it! Just remember: When it comes to cooking, there are no mistakes – only delicious surprises waiting to be discovered.

Serving and Pairing

 Need an easy and healthy sauce? Try this honey garlic recipe.
Need an easy and healthy sauce? Try this honey garlic recipe.

Once you’ve whipped up a sticky Honey Garlic Sauce, the real fun begins with deciding how to serve it. Spanning across different cuisines and meals, this gluten-free sauce is versatile in its usages. So, let’s dive into a few options for serving and pairing.

For those looking to create an easy yet flavorful meal in no time, drizzle it over baked chicken breast, thighs or tenders, and even pan-baked salmon. Coat your preferred protein with this sweet garlic glaze, and pop it into the oven or onto the stovetop for a quick dinner that’s a true crowd-pleaser.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to give your taste buds a fusion experience, consider using this honey garlic sauce as a marinade for stir-fry dishes. It goes incredibly well with savory vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms or snow peas. You may also use it as a dipping sauce for juicy chicken wings with celery sticks on the side.

If adding some pizzazz to your snack game is on your agenda, this honey garlic sauce can make for a great BBQ dipper. Tossed in with some barbecue sauce, drizzled onto grilled veggies or glazed over ribs – there are endless options to explore! The hint of chili in its taste makes it an ideal pairing with spicy foods.

Now that you have some ideas about what to pair it with let’s talk portion control. While there’s no doubt that this gluten-free sauce is delicious, try not to go overboard as you don’t want the sauce to overpower your dish. A couple of tablespoons should suffice – sprinkle some sesame seeds on top as a finishing touch!

Whether you’re meal prepping or hosting guests, keep some Honey Garlic Sauce in handy for effortless meal uptakes that will transform simple dishes into flavor-packed feasts!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 You'll want to put this sauce on everything - and you can, because it's gluten-free!
You’ll want to put this sauce on everything – and you can, because it’s gluten-free!

Picture this: You’ve made a large batch of the mouth-watering Honey Garlic Sauce that everyone in your household is raving about. They’ve licked their plates clean, and you sigh with a mix of contentment and exhaustion after a satisfying meal. Now, what do you do with the leftover sauce?

Well, I’ve got some good news for you – this sticky Honey Garlic Sauce actually gets better with time! You can make it ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or even in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just make sure to let it cool completely before transferring it to the container.

To reheat, simply transfer the desired amount of sauce into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Or if you’re short on time, you can also reheat it in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish for about 30 seconds on high power (depending on your microwave wattage).

Storing and reheating this sauce is super easy and convenient, making it perfect for meal prep or incorporating into other recipes throughout the week. Trust me; you’ll be dreaming up new ways to use this delicious honey garlic sauce once you taste it!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Make your taste buds happy with the perfect balance of sweet and savory in this honey garlic sauce.
Make your taste buds happy with the perfect balance of sweet and savory in this honey garlic sauce.

Are you wondering how to make the perfect honey garlic sauce? Follow these tips to ensure that your dish turns out perfectly every time.

First, make sure the cornstarch is fully dissolved before adding it to the mixture. Clumps can ruin the texture of the sauce and alter its flavor. Mix the cornstarch with water in a separate bowl until it becomes a smooth paste, then slowly stir it into the sauce.

Second, during the cooking process, avoid overboiling or simmering. A gentle boil is sufficient to thicken the sauce and cook any ingredients without altering their taste.

Third, to prevent burning or sticking to the pan, use a non-stick pan or coat the pan with olive oil before cooking. This will also help ensure an easy cleanup afterward.

Fourth, for an extra kick of flavor, try adding chili flakes or hot sauce to your honey garlic sauce recipe. Adjust the amount according to your taste preference.

Fifth, if you want a thicker consistency for your sauce, increase the amount of cornstarch slightly. On the other hand, if you prefer a thinner consistency, reduce it slightly or add more broth.

Finally, remember that this recipe can be customized according to your preferences. Substitute margarine with butter or coconut oil for different flavors. Replace soy sauce with coconut aminos for a soy-free and gluten-free option. Make sure you adjust seasonings accordingly.

With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to making delicious and perfect honey garlic sauce every time!


Now that you have learned how to make this delicious honey garlic sauce recipe, let’s address some of the most commonly asked questions. Whether you’re new to gluten-free cooking or have been experimenting with dairy-free options for a while, these frequently asked questions can help bring clarity to any concerns you may have. So, keep reading for answers to some of the most popular honey garlic sauce recipe questions!

Is there gluten in honey garlic sauce?

When it comes to your gluten-free pantry, don’t forget to stock up on tasty condiments and dipping sauces like ketchup, mustard, mayo, sweet chili, honey garlic, and spicy hot sauces.

What is honey garlic sauce made of?

Let’s start by making an amazing sauce that will elevate any dish. In a medium-sized saucepan, mix together chicken broth, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it starts to gently boil. Then, lower the heat and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, making sure to stir it frequently to blend all the flavorful ingredients together. Once the flavors have combined, your sauce is ready to be used in your recipe!

Is Franks Honey Garlic gluten free?

This article will feature a gluten-free seasoning blend that comes in a pack of six. The seasoning’s name is Frank’s RedHot Stingin’ Honey Garlic, and it weighs 5.36 oz.

Does garlic sauce have gluten?

Chinese garlic sauce can potentially be free of gluten, unlike some other Chinese sauces. Checking the label of a pre-made sauce is recommended for those with Coeliac disease, but creating your own garlic sauce at home is a possibility.

Bottom Line

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I highly recommend you try this honey garlic sauce recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also packed with flavor and full of healthy ingredients. With its gluten-free and dairy-free options, this recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing taste.

This honey garlic sauce is incredibly versatile, making it an excellent addition to a wide variety of dishes – from chicken stir-fries to glazed salmon. It’s the perfect way to add some sticky honey sweetness to any meal.

So what are you waiting for? Say goodbye to those boring and bland meals and give this honey garlic sauce recipe a try today! I guarantee it will be one of your new go-to sauces in no time. Enjoy!

Honey Garlic Sauce (Gluten Free)

Honey Garlic Sauce (Gluten Free) Recipe

It's hard to find good gluten free sauces. Why not make your own? This honey garlic sauce is one of the best you'll ever have and is super fast and easy!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 2 cups
Calories 393.9 kcal


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce (wheat free)
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt the margarine.
  • Saute the garlic until tender.
  • Add broth, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Whisk into the hot mixture stirring constantly until the sauce is slightly thickened.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 526gCalories: 393.9kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 3gFat: 6.4gSaturated Fat: 1.2gSodium: 456.7mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 76.7g
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