Korean Fried Chicken Sauce


This is my take on the classic Korean fried chicken sauce. I like to add lots of green onion and garlic, and not cook this quite as long. The result is a sauce with those ingredients a little more in the flavor profile's forefront. Try to find Korean chili flakes and/or paste if you can. I've used them before and the flavor is great (and obviously more authentic), but if you can't, any hot chili flakes or paste will work.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 2 green onions, minced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 lemon, juiced, or more to taste

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon chile-garlic sauce (such as sambal), or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

  • ¼ cup water, or as needed

  • 1 pinch salt, or to taste


  1. Whisk ketchup, green onion, garlic, lemon juice, honey, chile-garlic sauce, red pepper flakes, and black pepper together in a saucepan over medium-high heat; add enough water to reach desired sauce consistency. Bring sauce to a simmer; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until thick and flavors blend, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature and season with salt.

    close up view of Korean Fried Chicken Sauce garnished with green onions in a glass bowl
    Chef John

Cook's Notes:

Everything in this recipe is to taste, so adjust until you think it's balanced between sweet, sour, and spicy.

Serve with Korean Fried Chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

50 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 50
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 124mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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