Alma Mae’s Grilled Soy Wings

It’s finally fall! Well kind of. Here in Florida it’s still 90 degrees, but football season is back and in full swing, and obviously wings on the weekends are a top priority! Growing up I vividly remember the soy wing recipe my mom got from my great grandmother, Granny Sasser. They quickly became a household favorite, and we would all beg for them on game days. They were sweet and salty and messy, and so, so delicious. Somehow over the years the recipe got lost, but recently, after going through family cookbooks, Granny’s notorious Soy Wing recipe was recovered!

 After getting my hands on the recipe, I decided to create my own rendition of these wings. I added red pepper flakes to create a little heat, and brown sugar, rather than white sugar, to give the sauce a richer flavor. These wings are also grilled, which if you have not jumped on the grilled wing ban wagon, I highly suggest you do! After marinating these wings, the skin gets crispy and a little charred from the fire. Not to mention, the mess of cooking stays outside, and grilling the wings is a much healthier alternative to frying them. These wings are just as delicious and crave worthy as I remember! And although I recreated the recipe, the credit still goes to Alma Mae Sasser!

Alma Mae's Soy Wings

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Kailey Dawn


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil


  1. Mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.

  2. Place the wings in a large bowl and pour half the sauce mixture over the wings. Marinade the wings for 30 minutes to overnight. I only marinated mine for about one hour, while I prepped other football food, and they turned out amazing.

  3. While the wings marinade, place the remaining sauce in a sauce pan. Simmer on high until the sauce has reduced by about half. Be sure to continuously stir the sauce, as the sauce has sugar and can easily burn.

  4. Preheat the grill to medium high. Once the grill is ready, place the wings on the grill, making sure to shake off the excess marinade. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so. Turning the wings will ensure they are evenly cooked, and the skin doesn’t get too burnt.

  5. Once the wings are finished, pour your reduced sauce over the wings and mix. Garnish with scallions, if desired.

  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • These wings are moderately spicy. You can adjust the red pepper flakes to meet your desire of heat. I will warn you, the heat from red pepper flakes go a long way.
  • Make these Granny style! Rather than marinating the wings, you can just make the sauce, and drizzle it over fried wings.
  • The longer these wings sit in the sauce, the more delicious they will become!

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