Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe
Add a little asian flair to your weekly menu, this Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe is ready in just a few minutes with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Less sodium, ZERO preservatives, you’ll never go back to store bought sauce again.
Originally published July 2016 and updated April 2020.
Raise your hand if you love all things Teriyaki! I’m here to help you out with this super quick, super easy Teriyaki Sauce made from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. It’s sticky sweet flavor is fantastic on so many things…especially everyone’s favorite chicken teriyaki.
Lately, I’ve been trying to make super simple things in the kitchen because the days are so loooooong that by the time dinner rolls around I’m not super thrilled to be slaving away over dinner….and then dishes. This is really the best teriyaki sauce recipe because it’s loaded with flavor and leans towards being a healthy sauce option for so many things.
You can now, easily, skip the take out by making this simple sauce at home in just a matter of minutes.
WHAT IS TERIYAKI SAUCE
Teriyaki sauce is a thick, almost syrup-y, sticky sauce that tastes a little sweet and savory at the same time. It’s a sauce commonly found in Chinese restaurants around the world and can include garlic, sesame seeds or chopped green onions.
It’s most often used when cooking chicken, seafood or beef since it makes an excellent marinade.
INGREDIENTS IN TERIYAKI SAUCE
Teriyaki sauce is made, most often, of a base of soy sauce, rice wine and brown sugar although other ingredients can be thrown in for more flavor. Sometimes we like to add orange juice or orange zest to our sauce to give it a citrus-y punch.
Garlic and ginger are used in traditional teriyaki sauce recipes while cornstarch is used as a thickener.
You can easily make a Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce by reading labels and making sure your soy sauce is, in fact, a gluten free ingredient.
HOW TO MAKE TERIYAKI SAUCE
It’s really easy to make homemade teriyaki sauce from scratch. If you’re planning to use this sauce as a teriyaki marinade, simply omit the cornstarch as it is used as a thickening agent and isn’t essential to the overall flavor.
To make your sauce, simply combine the soy sauce, water, rice wine, sugar, garlic and ginger in a saucepan over medium high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat to low.
Simmer the teriyaki sauce for 5 minutes.
To thicken teriyaki sauce, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Slowly whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and stir until thickened. Remove from the heat and use in your favorite recipe.
I don’t recommend using teriyaki sauce as a substitute for soy sauce, as they have drastically different flavor profiles. Soy sauce is more of a flavor enhancer or a finisher and can be used as you would salt.
We, actually, use this easy teriyaki sauce recipe quite a bit because it’s so quick and simple to prepare. We love it on this Chicken Teriyaki Casserole and this easy Baked Teriyaki Chicken. It just adds so much flavor to the recipe that you don’t need a ton of ingredients to pull it together.
It’s also so fabulous in this Teriyaki Salmon served alongside an asian style slaw. Or slather is on these Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs or this Teriyaki Flank Steak! And serve them with some spicy tuna or this ramen noodle salad.
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Easy Teriyaki Sauce Recipe
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons sweet rice wine
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 1 tablespoons cornstarch
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the soy sauce, water, rice wine, brown sugar, garlic and ginger.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat to low.
- Simmer for 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water.
- Slowly whisk the cornstarch into the soy sauce mixture and turn off the heat. Set aside.