Simple Teriyaki Sauce

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Looking for the best Teriyaki sauce that can easily be made at home with just a few simple ingredients? This recipe is for you! Flavorful sauce that can be used to add amazing flavor to your favorite meals.

Teriyaki Sauce in a bowl
Why you’ll love this Homemade Teriyaki Sauce


Forget the bottled stuff, you can make this homemade teriyaki sauce in 10 minutes and it tastes AMAZING! 

I often double the recipe when I make this sauce because it stays good for a long time in the refrigerator. It’s a great way to add flavor to a meal when you are in a hurry so having it on hand is nice.

Best Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients

  • Soy sauce – You can use regular or low sodium soy sauce.
  • Water
  • Garlic – Fresh garlic cloves, minced.
  • Ginger – Fresh ginger, peeled and minced.
  • Brown sugar – Light brown sugar is used for this recipe.
  • Honey – Adds a hint of sweetness and stickiness to the sauce.
  • Sesame oil – Adds flavor.
  • Cornstarch – This helps to thicken the sauce.
Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

How to make homemade teriyaki sauce:

  1. Start with combining soy sauce, water, minced garlic and ginger, brown sugar, honey and sesame oil to a medium size saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, whisk the sauce for approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Slowly pour in a mixture of cornstarch and cold water to thicken up the sauce.
  4. Cook for and additional 3-4 minutes.
  5. If you don’t have fresh garlic and ginger you can substitute with 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  6. The sauce will last for 4-6 months if kept in the refrigerator.
Teriyaki chicken

How to use this easy teriyaki sauce recipe

There are many different ways to use this flavorful sauce like:

  • Serve with a dish like chicken teriyaki.
  • On top of fish like salmon.
  • Use as a sauce on a burger or mixed with meatballs.
  • To glaze chicken breasts or chicken wings.
  • As a sauce for different noodle or rice bowls.
  • Use as a teriyaki marinade or glaze.

Recipe tips

  • Make sure not to have the heat up too high when cooking so that it doesn’t burn.
  • Feel free to adjust the honey and red pepper flakes to adjust the sweetness and the hotness of the sauce.

How to store leftover homemade teriyaki sauce

Store: You can make this sauce ahead of time or store leftovers. Let the sauce cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Freeze: Place in a freezer safe container or bag. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Best teriyaki sauce recipe FAQs

What is teriyaki sauce?

The term teriyaki refers to a Japanese style of cooking that includes cooking vegetables, meat, and seafood in a sweet, thick sauce.

Is teriyaki sauce gluten free?

This recipe is not gluten free because it includes soy sauce which contains wheat.

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Bowl of teriyaki sauce and plate of vegetables.
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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

By Heather
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake (optional)


  • In a medium sauce pan add soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, honey and sesame oil. Stir over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. 
  • In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water. 
  • Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce pan and stir until the sauce thickens, about 3-4 minutes. 
  • Use for your favorite teriyaki dishes or as a marinade. 


Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1084mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
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