Sweet Soy Sauce For Korean Fried Chicken Recipe

This soy-based sauce is delightfully sweet and garlicky.

Vicky Wasik

Note: Kochukaru is a Korean chili flake that can be found in most Asian markets. Regular crushed red pepper or Chinese-style dried chili flakes can be used in its place.

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Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Makes: 3/4 cup

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  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup mirin or other sweet rice cooking wine
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper (preferably Korean kochukaru, see note)
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions


  1. Heat soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, crushed red pepper, and sesame oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking until sugar is dissolved. Combine corn starch with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl and whisk into sauce. Bring to a boil and cook until sauce is slightly reduced and thickened, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve with Korean Fried Chicken.

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