Easy Teriyaki Sauce Recipe


An easy Teriyaki Sauce recipe to use with your favorite meat, fish, salad, veggies and plant-based protein. It’s thick, filled with umami flavors, and yet only requires 10 minutes to make. There is a high chance that this will become a fridge staple in your house because you’ll want to add it to your meal plan.

Teriyaki Sauce in a glass jar

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What do I need to make this Teriyaki Sauce

There is a high possibility that you already have all of the ingredients needed in your pantry to make the base for this recipe:

  • Soy sauce (make sure to always buy it organic)
  • Water
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey

To add more flavors and the umami taste, you would also need:

For the sauce to be thick, we’ll also need some cornstarch.

The garlic and ginger pump up the flavor, especially if you use fresh, but if you don’t have the fresh version at home, you can use ground ginger and garlic powder.

As for the tools necessary to make the sauce, you’ll just need your measuring cups and spoons, a saucepan, a wooden spoon and a jar to store it. (Scroll to the bottom of the post for links to products)

How to make Teriyaki Sauce at home

Making this teriyaki sauce at home is very easy and only takes about 10 minutes. 

You’ll just need to add all of the ingredients, together with a cornstarch slurry (a mixture of cornstarch and cold liquid), in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. 

Finally, if you are going to store the sauce, you need to wait until it has cooled down before transferring it into an airtight glass jar


Step by step pictures on how to make teriyaki sauce


How to use this teriyaki sauce

This thick teriyaki sauce is very versatile and can be added to chicken, red meat, plant-based protein or fish, but also for stir-fried veggies, or to create salad dressings like in this salad.

It’s perfect to have on hand if you are having a BBQ, and would like to add an Asian final touch to your food. You just need to brush it onto grilled meat, fish or veggies.

It can also be used to marinate. In this case, it’s better to omit the cornstarch, so that the sauce remains liquid. 

Use it on fish for 15 minutes and chicken, pork, beef or plant-based proteins for about 30 minutes. 

When the marinade time is passed, cook it on a grill, a skillet or in the oven.

Why do I consider this sauce to be healthy

This homemade teriyaki sauce is healthy because it’s made only with natural ingredients that you control the quality of.

Compared to the store-bought version, you won’t have any artificial ingredients or preservatives added to it; that’s why I’m sure you won’t want to buy it at the store anymore. 

However, here is a little heads-up: this sauce calls for a certain quantity of sweetener (honey and cane sugar), so try to not overuse it. 

Teriyaki Sauce in a glass jar

How do you store it and how long will this sauce last

This teriyaki sauce stores well in the fridge for up to three weeks; that’s why it makes a great fridge stable. 

Make sure to store it in an airtight glass container; every time you need some, you use a clean spoon to serve it.

Here are some healthy recipes you could use this teriyaki recipe in:

BUDDHA BOWL: you can mix one or two tablespoons of teriyaki sauce together with oil and use it as a dressing.

TORTILLAS: use it as a sauce in a tortilla, filled with your favorite veggies and protein.

CRACKERS: this thick teriyaki sauce can also be used as an unusual dip to eat with some seed crackers. 

CABBAGE SALAD WITH TERIYAKI DRESSING: or you can add an Asian touch to a healthy cabbage salad.

This teriyaki sauce is perfect to add to your Batch Cooking together with these other healthy fridge staples:

Now it’s your turn: Do you like teriyaki sauce? Have you ever tried to make it at home? If yes, how did it turn out?

Let me know if you have any questions about this recipe by leaving a comment below. And if you are looking for some help to change to a healthier lifestyle, have a look at what I can offer you and don’t hesitate to get in contact with me.

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Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce in a glass jar

An easy Teriyaki Sauce recipe to use with your favorite meat, fish, salad, veggies and plant-based protein. It’s thick, filled with umami flavors, and yet only requires 10 minutes to make. There is a high chance that this will become a fridge staple in your house because you’ll want to add it to your Meal Plan or Batch Cooking.

  • Author: Claudia Canu
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: Staple
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch* + 1/2 cup of water
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of cane sugar 
  • ¼ cup of organic soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger, grated**
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds**



  1. In a saucepan, combine ½ cup of water, 1 tablespoon of cane sugar, ¼ cup of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced, and ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger, grated, and set over medium heat. 
  2. In a glass, combine ½ cup of water with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and mix well to dilute the cornstarch.
  3. Add the diluted cornstarch to the saucepan and let it simmer for 10 minutes, or until desired thickness.***
  4. Add the sesame seeds and let it cool down before transferring it to an airtight glass container.


* If you are using it as a marinade, don’t add the cornstarch. 

**For a more basic version, you can omit the ginger and sesame seeds. 

***Keep in mind that the sauce will be thicker once it’s cold.

Keywords: vegetarian, gluten-free, sauce, asian, dairy-free

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10 responses to “Easy Teriyaki Sauce Recipe”

  1. Lisa | Garlic & Zest says:

    Teriyaki chicken is always a favorite for my family, so I will definitely be trying your lovely sauce recipe. I’m sure it’s so much better than the store bought varieties and I love that I can control the ingredients.

  2. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life says:

    I cook with teriyaki sauce regularly, and this is a great recipe! Love that it can last in the fridge for up to 3 weeks!

  3. Sapana says:

    I cannot wait to make teriyaki tofu with this! It’s so easy to make and so much better than store-bought versions. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Alison says:

    I didn’t know it was so easy to make teriyaki sauce at home. I’m going to give this a try. Do you think it would work with maple syrup instead of honey to make it vegan?

  5. Irina says:

    I was missing the best recipe of the Teriyaki Sauce. Here we go. My favorite meal is Teriyaki Chicken; so, I need the sauce to be on hands all the time. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

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