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    Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

    Published September 30, 2021. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    This delicious homemade teriyaki sauce recipe is incredibly easy to make and goes perfect in stir-fry recipes or tossed with chicken, beef, pork, or vegetables.

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    jar of homemade teriyaki sauce

    Teriyaki Sauce

    Teriyaki sauce is a delicious syrup-like sauce that is often used in Japanese and Chinese cuisine.  It’s said that teriyaki sauce was created by Japanese immigrants in Hawaii who used a combination of pineapple, soy sauce, and brown sugar to make it.  Today there are several variations as well as ethnicities that have their own version of teriyaki sauce. 

    The sauce is most used when to toss with protein and vegetables and served over rice or noodles.  Here are the most basic ingredients for teriyaki sauce:

    • Soy Sauce: The everyday sauce is good to use, but you can also use a combination of dark and light soy sauce.
    • Sake: Any sake will work fine.
    • Mirin: This sweetened rice cooking wine will provide great flavor for this sauce.
    • Honey: I prefer this as a sweetener, however sugar or brown sugar can be used.

    How to Make Teriyaki Sauce

    Use these easy step-by-step instructions for making this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe from scratch:

    Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.

    adding honey to teriyaki sauce

    Whisk everything until it is completely combined and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

    whisking together a teriyaki sauce

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 2 weeks ahead of time.

    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.  You can freeze this covered for up to 3 months.  The sauce will need to be brought to a boil before using if you freeze it.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • You can add garlic, ginger, onion, and/or rice vinegar to this recipe to further enhance the flavor.
    • If using cane sugar or brown sugar as a substitute for honey, you will need to cook the ingredients over low heat while whisking until the sugar is dissolved.
    • Feel free to replace the mirin with sherry wine.
    • If you can’t get sake substitute for equal parts vodka and water.
    bottle of teriyaki

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    Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

    This delicious homemade teriyaki sauce recipe is easy to make and goes perfect in stir-fry or tossed with chicken, beef, pork, or vegetables.
    Servings: 4 cups
    Prep Time: 2 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 1 ½ cups soy sauce
    • ¾ cup mirin
    • 1 cup sake
    • ¾ cup honey

    Instructions

    • Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
    • Whisk everything until it is completely combined and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 2 weeks ahead of time.
    How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. You can freeze this covered for up to 3 months. The sauce will need to be brought to a boil before using if you freeze it.
    You can add garlic, ginger, onion, and/or rice vinegar to this recipe to further enhance the flavor.
    If using cane sugar or brown sugar, you can substitute for honey, you will need to cook the ingredients over low heat while whisking until the sugar is dissolved.
    Feel free to replace the mirin with sherry wine.
    If you can’t get sake substitute for equal parts vodka and water.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 391kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 10gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5202mgPotassium: 232mgFiber: 1gSugar: 64gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 2mg