Coca Cola Sauce

Coca Cola Sauce


I’ve never been a fan of using strange things into my cooking – I am fairly traditional and mostly all about foods for the soul. But Coca Cola and cooking? The concept intrigued me when I read somewhere the use of soda in a barbeque sauce for beef and pork ribs.

Now the ingredients list is… interesting. This is not the kind of combination that would appeal to many – but who knows. There’s the pantry staple ketchup, with hot sauce, brown sugar and vinegar; flavorful spices like pepper and cloves, and hints of soya sauce. There’s something so weird about the chemistry – it works wonders!

Use this marinade on paneer, grilled corn, vegetables and boiled eggs.

Photo Credits: The Kitchen Trail

The Recipe


  • 1/2 cup Coca Cola can
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 1 onion, crushed
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (Sriracha)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves


  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  • This should take around 20-30 minutes.
  • Set aside to cool down.
  • Brush this marinade on top of vegetables, paneer or corn and grill them.

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