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Shiny, thick kecap manis in a small white dish.

2 Ingredient Kecap Manis - Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce

The thick Indonesian sweet soy sauce you know and love - Kecap Manis! You only need 2 ingredients and 7 minutes to easily make this popular condiment at home.
Course Basics, Condiment
Cuisine Indonesian
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 small jar
Calories 488kcal
Cost Under $5


  • ½ cup soy sauce 125ml / 4.2floz, light or regular, reduced salt is even better
  • ½ cup brown sugar 60g / 2oz, palm sugar (most traditional) or molasses


  • Place the soy sauce and brown sugar into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
    ½ cup soy sauce, ½ cup brown sugar
  • Bring to a boil, it will bubble up quite a bit, so stir as you go to avoid any sticking. Important: Remove from heat immediately if it starts to boil over, then reduce the heat slightly to avoid a repeat.
  • Continue boiling for around 7 minutes. You’ll notice the sauce reduces quite a bit. Turn the heat off and allow to thicken on standing.



  • Make Sambal Kecap - Once your homemade kecap manis is cooled, add some sliced shallots, chilli, tomato and a squeeze of lime juice for a spicy dipping sauce.
  • Add Extra Flavour - For a more robust sauce, add in some garlic, ginger and star anise to pack some flavour punch!
  • Keep Watch - It's so easy for this sauce to boil over, we can't stress enough to keep watch!
  • Storage - Once made, store in a clean jar in the fridge. It should last well over a month if only using sugar and soy sauce.


Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6511mg | Potassium: 392mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 109g | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 4mg