Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

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Isn't it just the best when you find an easy recipe that jazzes up almost anything it touches? That’s what we’re talking about today with this easy homemade teriyaki sauce recipe, your next kitchen staple!

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Why Homemade Beats Store-Bought Every Time

Who needs store-bought teriyaki sauce when you can whip up a batch of your homemade teriyaki sauce with ingredients you likely have in your pantry right now?

It’s all about the fresh garlic, fresh ginger, and that personal touch no factory can compete with.

Plus, making your sauce means you can say goodbye to the additives and hello to customization!

What you'll love about this recipe:


  • Quick and Easy: This recipe is ready in under 10 minutes and is perfect for busy days.
  • Versatile: Great for marinating, glazing, or dipping, enhancing any meal.
  • Healthier: Free from the preservatives found in store-bought versions.
  • INEXPENSIVE – Cheaper than store-bought sauces and uses simple ingredients you may already have.
  • Customizable: Adjust the sweetness, thickness, and flavors to suit your taste perfectly.

Let's be honest. We all have that one restaurant that gets teriyaki sauce right, and we dream about it for days.

But what if I told you you could make something even better at home? Yes, you heard me right, better!

This easy homemade teriyaki sauce recipe isn’t just a recipe; it’s a revelation.

Get ready to elevate your kitchen game and say goodbye to store-bought sauces forever!

Your New Favorite Teriyaki Sauce

This simple teriyaki sauce recipe is just as good, if not better, than any restaurant version you could ever try.

In under 10 minutes, you can whip up a batch of sweet and aromatic Asian sauce.

Strong notes of ginger and garlic make it the perfect recipe to pair with just about any meat or veggie.

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Ready to give your meals a fun twist with this awesome homemade teriyaki sauce?

Drizzle it over grilled goodies or spice up your stir-fry. And for snack time, it’s perfect for dipping those crispy treats!

Every dish gets a flavor boost, making your kitchen the most exciting spot in the house.

Let’s get cooking and make every meal a flavor fiesta!

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Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients

To get started making this recipe, you'll first want to gather all your ingredients first.

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Ingredients you'll need for Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

  • Soy Sauce
  • Water
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Rice Wine
  • Honey
  • Cornstarch
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Sesame Oil
  • Fresh Garlic

Using fresh ingredients results in the best flavor outcome

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Combine all the ingredients, except the water and cornstarch, in a medium microwave-safe mixing bowl.

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Step 2: Whisk the ingredients and place in the microwave for 1 minute before removing the bowl and stirring again.

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Step 3: Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add it to the mixing bowl. Whisk and place back in the microwave for another 3 minutes, pausing to stir halfway through.

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Step 3: Use immediately, or let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.

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Tips

  • Low Sodium Option: Use tamari instead of soy sauce to reduce the sodium content without losing flavor.
  • Sweetness Adjustment: Opt for dark brown sugar if you prefer a sweeter taste, though consider using slightly less.
  • Taste as You Go: Don’t be shy to adjust the flavors as you mix. Want more honey? Go for it. Want less ginger? That’s fine, too.
  • Stovetop Method: For those preferring traditional methods, combine all but cornstarch and water in a saucepan, simmer, then thicken with the cornstarch mixture as described.

Teriyaki Made Terrific

Who knew that making your teriyaki sauce could be so easy and fun? With this recipe, you’re not just cooking; you’re creating.

You’re not just eating; you’re experiencing.

Every drizzle of your homemade sauce will bring a sense of pride and a burst of flavor that no store-bought version can match.

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FAQs about Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

You can freeze this sauce for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

Yes, you can use a low-sodium soy sauce or substitute with coconut aminos, which has significantly less sodium and a similar flavor profile.

If the sauce hasn’t thickened enough, mix another teaspoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of cold water and stir it into the sauce. Heat it for another minute or two until it reaches your desired consistency.

Teriyaki sauce offers a vibrant mix of sweet and savory flavors, with a soy sauce base complemented by a hint of caramel from sugar or honey.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out that whisk, and let’s make some teriyaki magic!

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Soy Sauce Substitutes: Find out more about coconut aminos and other alternatives.

The beauty of making your teriyaki sauce lies in the customization.

There will be no more too-salty mishaps or overly-sweetened disasters. You're in control now, and trust me, your tastebuds will thank you.

Plus, it's healthier. That’s right, no preservatives or unpronounceable ingredients here.

Just simple, fresh, flavorful components come together to create magic.

A white spoon lifting homemade Teriyaki sauce from a small bowl surrounded by ginger, a jar, and a napkin on a white surface.

This Sauce is just as good, if not better, than any restaurant you could ever go to.

In 10 minutes or less, you can have a nice batch of sweet and aromatic Asian sauce.

Strong notes of ginger and garlic make it the perfect recipe to pair with just about any meat or veggie

Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Spoon pouring thick teriyaki sauce into a white bowl, with granulated sugar and ginger root visible in the background.
Who needs store-bought teriyaki sauce when you can whip up a batch of your homemade teriyaki sauce with ingredients you likely have in your pantry right now?
84758d602cdcd90fa2a5d32530aef165?s=30&d=mm&r=gKelly Reci
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 9 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Soy Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar unpacked
  • 3 Tablespoons Rice Wine
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 2 Teaspoons Minced Fresh Ginger
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Minced Fresh Garlic

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients except the water and cornstarch, in a medium mixing bowl, that’s microwave safe.
  • Whisk the ingredients and place in the microwave for 1 minute, before removing the bowl and stirring again.
  • Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add it to the mixing bowl. Whisk and place back in the microwave for another 3 minutes, pausing to stir halfway through.
  • Use right away or let cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 1 week.

Notes

  • You can use tamari in place of the soy sauce for a low sodium option. Use the same amount.
  • You can use dark brown sugar as well, but it will turn out a bit sweeter, so you might want to do a little less than the recipe calls for.
  • You can use ground ginger in place of the fresh ginger, although it will definitely reduce the flavor. I suggest 1 teaspoon ground ginger in place of the 2 teaspoons for the fresh ginger.
  • To make this over the stove, place everything but the cornstarch and water in a saucepan. Stir until the mixture comes to a simmer. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water and add it to the saucepan. Stir until it starts to thicken (about 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat and follow the stated storage instructions.
  • You can freeze this sauce for up to 3 months in an airtight container.
  • Using fresh ingredients results in the best flavor outcome.

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