The best Teriyaki Sauce recipe that’s easy to make, uses pantry ingredients, and ready in minutes. You’ll never buy store bought again!

Homemade teriyaki sauce added to a bowl.

I first started making homemade Teriyaki Sauce to serve with these amazing Hawaiian Bowls I created, and it has since become a regular staple in our fridge. We use it to marinate chicken, to make Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry, as a dipping sauce, and so much more. It really is the best teriyaki sauce and so easy to make!

All you need is a few basic pantry ingredients, including soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ground ginger, brown sugar, garlic, honey, cornstarch and crushed red pepper flakes.

The ingredients needed to make homemade Teriyaki Sauce.

How to make Teriyaki Sauce:

  1. Combine ingredients: add all sauce ingredients to a saucepan.
  2. Boil stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
  3. Serve or use as marinade.
Teriyaki sauce ingredients added to a saucepan.

How to Use It:

Teriyaki sauce in a bowl with a spoon lifting some out.

Recipe Variations:

Low sugar: Feel free to cut down on the sugar, if you don’t mind less sweetness in the sauce.

Teriyaki sauce without cornstarch: Flour may be substituted for cornstarch at a 1:1 ratio in this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe.

Use it as a marinade: We love to use this recipe as a teriyaki sauce marinade. Pour ¼ cup of teriyaki sauce over raw chicken and set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes (or longer if using chicken breasts).

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To Make Ahead: Homemade teriyaki sauce can be made up to 1 week ahead of time. Store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

To Freeze: Allow to cool completely and store in a freezer safe bag. Lay the bag flat in your freezer to ensure it freezes evenly and to save space. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.

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Recipe

Homemade teriyaki sauce added to a bowl.
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins
Total 10 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 clove clove garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch+ 2 tsp water , mixed together to make a cornstarch slurry
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions
 

  • Make the teriyaki sauce by adding all of the sauce ingredients to a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for about 1 minute. The sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.
  • Serve over rice or with a stir-fry. See post above for additional ideas.

Notes

Low sugar: Feel free to cut down on the sugar, if you don’t mind less sweetness in the sauce.
Teriyaki sauce without cornstarch: Flour may be substituted for cornstarch at a 1:1 ratio in this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe.
Use as a marinade: We love to use this recipe as a teriyaki sauce marinade. Pour ¼ cup of teriyaki sauce over raw chicken and set aside to marinate for at least 15 minutes (or longer if using chicken breasts).
Make Ahead Instructions: Homemade teriyaki sauce can be made up to 1 week ahead of time. Store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Freezing Instructions: Allow to cool completely and store in a freezer safe bag. Lay the bag flat in your freezer to ensure it freezes evenly and to save space. Thaw in the fridge overnight before using.

Nutrition

Calories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 714mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 25IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Who knew – making your own teriyaki sauce was so easy and delicious? This was awesome! And, I agree with you, I don’t think I will ever buy from the store again.