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BEST Teriyaki Sauce

The best homemade teriyaki sauce recipe EVER! You'll never get store-bought again!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 48kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • see brown sugar alternative
  • 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.


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.
NOTE:  If using as a marinade omit the cornstarch.
Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 574mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg