Making your own Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is so easy! You are going to wonder why you have never done it before. Stop buying pre-made teriyaki sauce; it’s overly sweet, overly salty, and full of ingredients that neither you nor your family needs to consume!
This recipe is simple, straightforward, and amazingly tasty! When you make your own teriyaki sauce or any sauce for that matter, you know what goes into it. You control all the ingredients. That usually means that it is a healthy alternative to store-bought. And when it’s this easy, why would you not want to make it yourself?
You can use this easy teriyaki sauce in a ton of recipes, from teriyaki chicken wings to pork tenderloin. It also is fantastic in any type of stir fry! The wonderful thing about this sauce is that it really does pair so nicely with any type of Asian-style dinner you might be preparing.
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What teriyaki sauce is made of?
A basic teriyaki sauce is made from simple ingredients that I’m sure you likely already have in your fridge or pantry. When you use fresh ingredients, the end result is so much better than store-bought. It tastes amazing. There isn’t any magic to homemade teriyaki sauce. Simply put a few ingredients into a saucepan. Minutes later, you have the best teriyaki sauce you have tasted!
- Brown sugar
- Soy sauce, or tamari sauce (Japanese soy sauce, that is gluten free)
- Rice wine vinegar
- Cornstarch slurry
- Sesame oil
- Sesame seeds
How to prepare homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Start by making a slurry with cornstarch and water. This will be the thickening agent for your teriyaki sauce. Set it aside for now.
Using a medium saucepan, add the brown sugar, soy sauce (or Tamari sauce), vinegar, honey, minced garlic, grated ginger, and sesame oil. Whisk in the cornstarch slurry and bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce heat and continue to stir. Allow the mixture to boil for about 2 to 3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
Your super easy teriyaki sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a sealed container.
Is teriyaki sauce and teriyaki marinade the same thing?
Basically, the difference between a marinade and sauce is that a marinade is used to impart flavor to your food slowly by absorbing the flavors into them. A teriyaki sauce is used during the cooking process and afterward to add flavor to your food quickly.
Any way you use your homemade teriyaki sauce, as a marinade, a sauce, or even as a dip, I know you are going to love it! Homemade sauces are the best, although you do need to be careful. Store-bought sauces usually contain preservatives that homemade sauces do not. So although you can store homemade sauces in the refrigerator, they will not last as long as their store-bought counterparts.
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- 3 Tbsp brown sugar, lightly packed
- 5 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari sauce
- 4 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 tsp cornstarch, dissolved in 4 tablespoons cold water to form a slurry
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, cornstarch slurry, and sesame oil to a medium saucepan.
- Cook over medium heat until it reaches a full boil, and then continue boiling until thickened slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes, whisking constantly.
- Use it warm to brush on foods or allow it to cool and use it as a dip.
If you prefer, you can use low sodium soy sauce in this recipe.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 677mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.