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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

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This homemade teriyaki sauce takes minutes to make, and is a great marinade or sauce for many Asian dishes.

Bowl of Homemade Teriyaki Sauce on a cutting board with garlic and ginger, and green onions in the backgroud.

While teriyaki sauce is easy to pick up at the store, so many of them are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup which I try to avoid whenever possible. And it’s so easy to make your own teriyaki sauce with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. So why not make a better tasting sauce and save money at the same time?

Teriyaki is thought to originate in Japan. But some claim it was developed in Hawaii when the Islanders created a sauce by sweetening soy sauce with pineapple juice. Regardless of how this sauce originated, it really took hold in America and is considered to be one of the most popular American styles of Japanese cooking.

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki sauce is a combination of soy sauce, mirin, sugar, garlic, and cornstarch. I use low sodium soy sauce. If you need your sauce to be gluten free, use gluten free Tamari in place of the soy sauce. I like to add a bit of ginger to my sauce to give it a bit more zing! I wanted my teriyaki sauce to be smooth, so I blended the ingredients in my blender. After blending the ingredients, transfer it to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens.

Ways to Use This Sauce

This Homemade Teriyaki Sauce can be used as a marinade for tofu, seitan, tempeh, or soy curls. It can also be used as a stir fry sauce or a dipping sauce.

Here are a couple recipes using this sauce:

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Bowl of Homemade Teriyaki Sauce on a cutting board with garlic and ginger, and green onions in the backgroud.
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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

This homemade teriyaki sauce takes minutes to make, and is a great marinade or sauce for many Asian dishes.

Course Condiment
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Asian, Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 41.3kcal
Author Teresa Sklenicka

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ¾ cup Water
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Mirin
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 1 inch piece peeled Ginger
  • 1 tablespoons Cornstarch

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until the garlic and ginger are pureed.
  • Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until thickened.

Notes

This sauce will keep in the refrigerator for about two weeks.
For a gluten free teriyaki sauce, use gluten free tamari in place of the soy sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tbsp | Calories: 41.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.1g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 587.1mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 7.1g | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition calculations are approximate.

By on July 9th, 2019

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