Look no further, this is the BEST homemade teriyaki sauce recipe! Ready in 10 minutes and crazy delicious, you’ll never use store-bought again!
It happened one too many times. I needed teriyaki sauce for a recipe and thought I had some on hand only to find – after all the other ingredients had already been prepped – that there wasn’t any. No doubt you can relate to this scenario, whether it’s teriyaki sauce or some other condiment like tahini paste, black bean sauce, or hoisin sauce. So I whipped up my own homemade teriyaki sauce…and have never touched store-bought since!
Trust me, after making this, you won’t either.
What Is Teriyaki Sauce?
It’s a dark, bold, savory-salty-sweet sauce with lots of umami undertones. Primary ingredients include soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey and mirin.
The word teriyaki refers to both a Japanese cooking technique as well as to the sauce. It was developed in the 17th century and has become synonymous with Japanese cuisine, being served all over the world. The term teri in teriyaki refers to the aesthetic shine on the food created by the sugar content in the sauce, while yaki refers to the method of grilling. With its shiny luster and robust flavor, teriyaki sauce is a natural pairing for grilled foods.
How Do I Use Teriyaki Sauce?
Quick and easy to make, this sauce is as versatile as it is delicious. Use it as a sauce or as a marinade (simply omit the cornstarch). You can use it for beef, chicken, fish and seafood, as a glaze, for barbecuing, in Asian salad dressings, in noodle dishes, stir-fries and more.
Here are some delicious recipes you can try that feature this delicious sauce!
- Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
- Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Kabobs
- Chicken Teriyaki Noodles
- Red Robin Copycat Banzai Burger!
Can I Use Teriyaki Sauce as a Marinade?
Absolutely. As mentioned above, simply omit the cornstarch, let the sauce cool completely, and you’ve got the perfect teriyaki marinade!
Wonderfully versatile, this is a sauce you can whip up quickly in a pinch to boost the flavor of your Asian-inspired dishes.
Is There a Substitute For Mirin?
Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine, similar to sake but with a lower alcohol content and higher sugar content. If you don’t have mirin, you can use sherry with a pinch of sugar added to it.
How Do I Make Teriyaki Sauce?
A super quick and easy sauce to make, all you have to do is combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, honey, sesame oil, mirin and water mixed with cornstarch together in a bowl then transfer the mixture to a small saucepan and simmer for 4 minutes. That’s it! (Scroll down for full recipe in the recipe box.) You can use it right away or store it in the fridge for up to a couple of weeks. And the flavors will get even better over time.
Ready in 10 minutes, thoroughly delicious and free of fillers or junk ingredients, there simply is no good reason to ever use store-bought again! You’re going to love this!
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Let’s get started!
Making this sauce is a simple two-step process: 1) Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and 2) bring it to a simmer in a small saucepan.
NOTE: If using as a marinade omit the cornstarch.
Simmer it for about 4 minutes until thickened.
Enjoy this fantastic best homemade teriyaki sauce in the dish of your choice!
Note: If you prefer a sweeter teriyaki sauce, simply add another tablespoon or so of brown sugar. The sauce will become thicker as it cools. If you’re using it as a marinade, you can leave the cornstarch out altogether or reduce it by half. Adjust the amount of thickening according the purpose you’re using the sauce for.
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BEST Teriyaki Sauce Recipe
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- see brown sugar alternative (for low sugar option)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger ,minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic ,minced
- 1 tablespoon honey (Vegans: use agave nectar or sweetener of choice)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons mirin (see note)
- 1/4 cup water mixed with 3 teaspoons cornstarch
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Store in the fridge for up to a week. Makes about 1 1/4 cups teriyaki sauce.