Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki refers to a style of Japanese cuisine. This amazing sauce works as a great marinade for grilled meat, fish and vegetable. It can also be used to finish a dish and work well as sweet and salty dipping sauce.

By Vickypee  I  Updated on April 25, 2024

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Savory and versatile, Teriyaki sauce is now the mainstay seasoning outside of Japan. It will be your go-to sauce for chicken, salmon, tofu, pork, and meatballs.

Authentic Japanese teriyaki sauce combines soy sauce, mirin, sugar and sake to create a distinctively sharp taste. Both sake and mirin are important ingredients for teriyaki-style cooking. If you can’t consume alcohol as an ingredient in sake and mirin, you can substitution with dry cherry or Chinese rice wine with the same measuring for Sake, and 1 teaspoon sugar + 1 tablespoon light soy sauce for mirin.

Make your menu work with teriyaki sauce

This teriyaki is easy to make at home. It’s a delicious balance of sweet, umami, and savory. The viscosity is perfection too, not too thick and not too thin. One of the staple sauces I always have in the fridge is a bottle of homemade teriyaki. I’ll make teriyaki dishes in a few minutes with it and will even brush on some chicken, meat, even meatball, vegetables and throw them on the stir fry.

Why teriyaki sauce worth for any dishes

Teriyaki essentially refers to any grilled, broiled, pan-fried food with shining glaze. This sauce is popular with its dark, bold, savory-salty-sweet flavor with lots of umami undertones that is beloved the world over.

Authentic Japanese teriyaki sauce combines soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and sake to create a distinctively sharp taste. But I love to add some garlic and ginger in mine for extra flavor.

Cornstarch is often added to teriyaki sauce as a thickener. Create a slurry with cornstarch and cold liquid before integrating it into the mixture.

Use teriyaki sauce to add a variety of delicious skillet.

How to use teriyaki sauce

You can use teriyaki sauce to add a variety of delicious recipes. Here are the ways to sue teriyaki sauce.

  • As a marinade or glaze: Place the protein in a plastic zip lock bag, pour in the sauce, and allow it marinate for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
  • As a grilling: Brush teriyaki sauce onto your proteins or veggies to create a delicious caramelizes blaze.
  • As a stir-fried sauce: Use a drizzle of teriyaki sauce to finish a stir fry with veggies, meat, or tofu.
  • As a dipping sauce: Makes great dipping sauce for sushi, sprinkle rolls, dumplings, tempura, or other appetizers.
Add minced ginger and garlic for extra flavor.

* Find the complete recipe with measurement below.

How to make teriyaki sauce

Making our top list homemade teriyaki sauce. It might not be hard. Simply combine soy sauce, brown sugar, spice, cornstarch, and water over medium heat, stirring throughout. Cook the sauce for 5 to 10 minutes or until it has thickened.

Remove sauce form heat and allow time for cooling. It’s that straight forward, have tantalizingly delicious teriyaki sauce ready to glaze, marinade, or stir fry at a moment’s notice with this effortless recipe.

How to store homemade teriyaki sauce

Homemade teriyaki sauce can last up to a week in the refrigerator, but be mindful of added ingredients like alliums or herbs that can shorten its shelf life. Keep leftover sauce in an airtight container for best results.

Recipe for Teriyaki Fans

Cook the sauce until it has thickened.


Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Makes 125ml (4 oz)


  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons sake
  • 1tablespoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
* To make spicy teriyaki sauce, mix 1 teaspoon minced garlic glove, and 1 teaspoon peel, tiny little cube fresh ginger at the first.


  1. If you’d like the sauce to have a thickness consistency. Mix cornstarch 1 teaspoon and 2 tablespoons cold water together in a cup and stir until dissolved. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan over the medium heat, combine sake and mirin, add the soy sauce and sugar. Bring to boil over medium heat and continuously stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Once boiling, stir in the cornstarch mixture and stir to combine and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. (skip the cornstarch if you have no need it.)
  4. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally by this time, the sauce will be luscious!
  5. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Either use immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge. It should keep for several weeks.
Delicious Teriyaki Sauce Ready to Glaze.

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