Make teriyaki sauce at home using simple ingredients like soy sauce, ginger and garlic to add umami flavor to your favorite dishes!

We love using it to make teriyaki pork, teriyaki chicken, teriyaki salmon, or even on chicken wings!

A jar of teriyaki sauce alongside slices of orange and garlic

Ingredients in teriyaki sauce

Teriyaki sauce is a rich, thick sauce full of umami flavors.

soy sauce – Most teriyaki sauces have a base of soy sauce and water however, I like to add orange juice (or pineapple juice) for added flavor. Although I often use low sodium soy sauce, this recipe tastes best with regular soy sauce.

garlic/ginger – Garlic and ginger add great flavor to this sauce. Freeze ginger and grate it with a box grater straight from the freezer for sauces and stir-fries. Fresh ginger is best, but in a pinch, replace it with ¼ teaspoon ground ginger.

sweetness -Brown sugar is the preferred sweetener, but in a pinch, white sugar or honey will work.

Variations – For added flavor, try adding sesame seeds, minced white or green onions and citrus zest.

Pour homemade teriyaki sauce over raw chicken in a clear glass bowl

How to make teriyaki sauce

Once you make homemade teriyaki sauce, you won’t buy bottled anymore, the taste is much better. If using this mixture as a teriyaki marinade, the cornstarch and seasoning can be omitted.

  1. Step ingredients: Mix soy sauce, water (or orange juice), garlic, ginger and brown sugar in a pot According to the recipe below.
  2. Cook to combine flavors: Bring to a boil and continue to cook for a few minutes or until all the brown sugar has dissolved.

Thickening this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe is optional. If you are using it as a marinade, simply boil it to blend the flavors and then cool completely.

If you use it as a sauce for stir-fry, as a concoction or glaze, or to sprinkle over a bowl of rice, you can thicken it. Prepare a solution with equal parts cornstarch and water. Whisk the solution into the boiling teriyaki sauce until it thickens.

A wooden spoon in a glass jar of teriyaki sauce

Favorite teriyaki

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A jar of teriyaki sauce alongside slices of orange and garlic

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Teriyaki sauce

Easy homemade teriyaki sauce is our recommended recipe for flavorful dishes like teriyaki pork, chicken, wings and even rice!

preparation time 5 subtlety

Cooking time 5 subtlety

Total time 10 subtlety

author Holly Neilson

  • In a small pot, mix soy sauce, 1 cup of water and/or juice, garlic, ginger and brown sugar.

  • Lower the heat to medium and cook the mixture while whisking for 2 minutes until the brown sugar melts.

  • To thicken the sauce, in a separate small bowl, mix water and cornstarch to create a solution.

  • While the sauce is at a low boil, slowly whisk the solution a little at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.

This recipe will make about 1 1/3 cups of sauce. Nutritional information is based on one tablespoon of sauce.
Low sodium soy sauce is not recommended in this recipe. If using water instead of juice, add a teaspoon or so of rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

dose: 1tablespoon | Calories: 13 | Carbohydrates: 3G | protein: 0.4G | Fat: 0.01G | Saturated fat: 0.001G | Polyunsaturated fat: 0.002G | Unsaturated fat: 0.001G | sodium: 217mg | potassium: 12mg | fiber: 0.05G | Sugar: 2G | vitamin: 0.03IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | calcium: 3mg | iron: 0.1mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary depending on the cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dip, sauce
kitchen American, Asian
What is the difference between teriyaki sauce and soy sauce?

They have different tastes. Soy sauce is the base of teriyaki sauce, but the saltiness is cut with brown sugar and other ingredients like ginger. Teriyaki sauce can be thicker, while soy sauce is a thin, watery addition to dishes like fried rice.

What is teriyaki?

Teriyaki is a Japanese cooking method. It involves grilling or roasting with a combination of sugar and soy sauce (and often mirin), and is often made with fish. This recipe is baked in the oven and then roasted for the crispy texture and flavor.

Can I replace teriyaki sauce with soy sauce?

The two sauces have vastly different flavor and consistency profiles, so soy sauce would not work well as a substitute. In short, mix up this easy teriyaki sauce recipe!

How do you thicken teriyaki sauce?

1.) Make a slurry by mixing equal parts water and cornstarch until no lumps remain.
2.) Pour the solution into the teriyaki sauce bit by bit while whisking, until you reach the desired consistency.

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