Vegan Honey Garlic Sesame Sauce | Chinese Restaurant Style Recipe

There was a time that I had a particular honey garlic non-vegan dish almost everyday after school/work. Looking back at some of my dietary decisions, I wonder how I’m alive 😉

Jokes aside, this cruelty-free version of honey garlic sesame sauce is indistinguishable from the original and ONLY TAKES 5 MINUTES TO MAKE. First you need your vegan apple honey though, recipe here:

Links mentioned in this video:

Vegan Apple “Honey”:
Crispy Baked Cauliflower Bites:
Beer-Battered Cauliflower:
Spicy Crunchy Lentil Snack:


Printable recipe and full story here:

1 cup water
1/2 cup vegan apple honey (or see notes for substitutions)
1/4 cup sugar (see notes for alternatives)
2 tablespoons soy sauce (use Tamari if gluten-free)
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, raw or toasted, optional
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, minced
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

For cornstarch slurry:
2 tablespoons cornstarch (or tapioca flour)
2 tablespoons lemon juice

237 ml water
118 ml vegan apple honey (or see notes for substitutions)
50 g sugar (see notes for alternatives)
30ml soy sauce (use Tamari if gluten-free)
30ml ketchup
15cc sesame seeds, raw or toasted, optional
3 cloves garlic, minced, about 30cc
5cc ginger, minced
1.25cc teaspoon white pepper
1.25cc teaspoon sea salt

For cornstarch slurry:
30cc cornstarch (or tapioca flour)
30ml lemon juice

In a pot over high heat, combine all the ingredients except for the cornstarch and lemon juice.

Separately, mix the cornstarch into the lemon juice until completely dissolved.

When the sauce starts bubbling, stir in the cornstarch mixture. The sauce should start to thicken.

Allow the sauce to come to a boil, then immediately turn off the heat.

The sauce is now ready to use! Enjoy!

Instead of apple honey, you can use other syrups like golden syrup and agave. However, the flavour will not be exactly the same. The apple honey really does make a difference. Consider making your own apple honey with apple juice, sugar and lemon juice. It can take only 15 minutes with this recipe (

Instead of adding regular granulated sugar, you can use other sweeteners such as date sugar, coconut palm sugar, or stevia. However, keep in mind that these sweeteners have different sweetness concentrations and you will need to adjust. Add alternative sweeteners at the end of the cooking process in order to adjust the taste.

You can also simple replace the sugar with more apple honey. Add one third more apple honey and reduce the amount of water by the same amount.

To make Orange Sesame sauce, reduce the water by 2 tablespoons and swap out the lemon juice for 4 tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice. You can also add a quarter teaspoon of orange zest.

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  1. I have yet to understand why someone would go to all the trouble of making a honey substitute (that no matter what is said has neither the consistency nor taste of honey – it’s just VERY sweet)? What is wrong with simply using honey?

  2. This is one of my favorite vids…EVER. Mind you, I have not made this sauce yet but I have watched this at least twenty times. Rough day? Watch this vid. Great day? Tune in to see what’s going on with the Vegan Honey Garlic Sesame Sauce. This is one of those recipes that I know will ruin everything else for me. I’ve always been all about the sauce. This is one that I haven’t been able to have for the past 2 years (Okay well 2 years on 9/16!!!)
    I’m really stoked about heading back into “What can’t I have” territory.

  3. @Anika Z I can’t reply directly to your comment so I hope you see this! You can absolutely use store bought apple juice to make the apple honey. For best results, make sure it doesn’t have a bunch of additives. Ideally it should be 100% pure apple juice/cider.  🙂 I hope that helps! 

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