Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Once you make this Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce you will never buy store bought teriyaki sauce again! This easy teriyaki sauce makes for a great marinade for chicken, vegetables, and steak. You can even reduce it on the stove top to make a teriyaki glaze!

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Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Ever since I started this journey, I’ve truly enjoyed making my own homemade sauces and marinades. Before starting this blog, I had never really cooked; if I did, it was always using store-bought sauces or seasoning.

This easy teriyaki sauce is very simple to make. Trust me, if I can do it, you can do it too! I may be slightly biased, but this is the best teriyaki sauce ever!

Making it yourself truly gives you more appreciation for food and makes it taste better too!

This homemade teriyaki sauce isn’t just good on chicken. It is perfect for seafood also. You have to check out this Smoked Salmon recipe you can use this sauce on.

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❤️ Why you’ll love this easy air fryer recipe

  • Budget Friendly – this homemade teriyaki marinade is made with simple ingredients. You can get all of these ingredients at your local grocery store. You may even have most of these in your pantry!
  • Quick & Easy Recipe – this recipe is super easy and simple to follow

Ingredients

  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Water
  • Ground ginger
  • Garlic
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Cornstarch
  • Cold water
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✳️ Tips & Tricks

You need to make sure you keep an eye on this while on the stove so it doesn’t boil over.

You need to whisk often.

Tools to make this

  • Small saucepan
  • Whisk

How to make Teriyaki Sauce

  1. Combine the honey, soy sauce, water, ground ginger, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl mix the cornstarch and cold water. Stir until dissolved.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the saucepan, and mix well.
  4. Cook the sauce, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens (about 5 minutes).
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Store in a glass airtight container.

Substitutions

To make a Vegan Teriyaki Sauce, substitute the honey for maple syrup or brown sugar.

If you want to make this a paleo teriyaki sauce, use honey as a sweetener and coconut aminos as a soy sauce substitute.

If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder instead.

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What to serve with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

This homemade teriyaki sauce is very versatile! Use is on steak, salmon or chicken, vegetables, or even rice.

If you’re looking for teriyaki recipes, check out this Blackstone Teriyaki Chicken Thighs, Teriyaki Chicken and Rice, or this Beef Teriyaki and Vegetables.

How to store

Store the leftover teriyaki sauce in a glass airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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❓FAQs

Is teriyaki sauce different from teriyaki marinade?

Teriyaki sauce is used to quickly add flavor to protein while cooking. Teriyaki marinade is when you “marinade” or soak the protein or vegetables in the teriyaki marinade and then cook it.

How do you make teriyaki sauce thicker?

The easiest way to thicken your teriyaki sauce recipe is by whisking together a little cornstarch with cold water to make a “slurry.” You then add the cornstarch slurry to the teriyaki sauce and place the mixture on the stove top to heat and thicken the sauce.

How long does homemade teriyaki sauce last?

Teriyaki sauce lasts about 2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.

Is Teriyaki Sauce Gluten Free?

Teriyaki sauce traditionally isn’t gluten-free, but if you follow this recipe linked it will show you how to make a gluten-free teriyaki sauce.

More Ways to Season Chicken

More Easy Recipes to Try

If you loved this easy teriyaki sauce recipe, check out this Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Breast, Air Fryer Chicken Breast and Potatoes, or this Air Fryer Chicken Thighs and Potatoes recipe.

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Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Once you make this Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce you will never buy it from the store again. Super easy to make.
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Asain
Calories 385 kcal

Equipment

  • small saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp ginger ground
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper crushed
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water cold

Instructions
 

  • Combine the honey, soy sauce, water, ground ginger, minced garlic, and crushed red pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • In a small bowl mix the cornstarch and cold water. Stir until dissolved.
  • Add the flour mixture to the saucepan, and mix well.
  • Cook the sauce, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens (about 5 minutes).
  • Remove from heat
  • Store in a glass airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 12gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 6493mgPotassium: 296mgFiber: 1gSugar: 72gVitamin A: 19IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Homemade teriyaki sauce, teriyaki sauce
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