Homemade Teriyaki Sauce - the best and easiest sauce for Asian dishes! You only need a few ingredients to make it. Great with chicken, shrimp, salmon, and vegetarian stir fry!
Homemade condiments are so easy to make! Make a bottle of this sauce, the Sweet and Sour Sauce or Homemade Hoisin Sauce, and never go back to the store-bought kind again.
After so many requests, I am finally sharing my recipe for the best, thick Teriyaki Sauce! It's one of the easiest condiments you can make in your own kitchen. You can use it in cooking or pour over a finished dish to add Asian flavor. It only requires a handful of ingredients that most likely are already in your pantry. This Homemade Teriyaki Sauce recipe is the best and easiest and will save you time in the kitchen! Forget the store-bought stuff and make a jar or your own homemade teriyaki sauce!
- low-sodium soy sauce
- sesame oil
- brown sugar
- ground ginger
- apple cider vinegar
How to make homemade Teriyaki Sauce?
- Whisk all ingredients in a saucepan.
- Simmer over medium-low heat for about 3 minutes.
- Make a quick cornstarch slurry with water and add to sauce. Cook just until it thickens. Done!
- You can use the sauce right away by adding it to cooked chicken in a skillet or pour over salmon, shrimp or chicken tenders and bake.
Expert tips for the best teriyaki sauce:
- Cornstarch: it is my go-to thickener for sauces as it will make a smooth and clump-free sauce every time. I almost completely stopped using flour in my sauces and just keep it for baking. Cornstarch will also make this sauce gluten-free, for those with gluten allergies. You can use flour in place of cornstarch in this recipe, just keep in mind that it will not be as clear in appearance.
- Soy sauce: I recommend using low-sodium soy sauce to control the flavor.
- sesame oil: if you don't have it on hand, skip it but I highly recommend this ingredient for the recipe since it will give it that characteristic Asian flavor. You can use olive oil as a substitute.
- sesame seeds: not necessary but we enjoy them.
Can I use this sauce as a marinade?
Yes! Simply place cubed raw chicken or salmon fillet into a Ziploc bag, add sauce, seal tightly and freeze OR place in the fridge for 30 minutes to overnight. When you are ready, thaw out and bake or cook in a skillet. So easy and saves time! Just remember to use all of the marinade and cook it with the meat.
Storing teriyaki sauce:
If you keep the sauce in a jar with a lid and store it in the fridge, it will last for up to 2 weeks.
How to use teriyaki sauce?
This sauce is perfect in many Asian dishes. Here are my favorites:
- Quick and Easy Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl
- Baked Teriyaki Salmon
- 10-Minute Teriyaki Shrimp
- Chicken Stir Fry
- Easy Sesame Chicken
- Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry
For more ideas, feel free to browse our Asian Category.
If you like this recipe and make it, snap a photo and share it on INSTAGRAM! Tag me @crunchycreamysweet so I can check it out and leave a comment! 😀
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger optional
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 3 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons water
- In a medium saucepan, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, garlic and oil. Heat up until it starts to simmer.
- Reduce heat to low.
- In a small bowl, whisk together water and cornstarch. Add to soy sauce mixture and whisk constantly until the sauce thickens.
- Remove from heat and let cool. Use right away or store for later.
- Keep in glass jar with lid in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- This recipe can be halved to make a smaller amount, good for one meal for 4 people.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate.
This recipe was originally published on April 25th, 2018 and updated on October 28th, 2019.
This hit the spot! Stir fried some chicken (marinated with garlic powder and cornstarch); added1/2 the sauce; served with broc and basmati rice. De...lish...us...
Fantastic! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you, Lou!
My first time making this sauce and while following the recipe instructions my liquid would not thicken, I even added more cornstarch to see if it would help, It didn’t. I took it off the heat, still wouldn’t thicken. It wasn’t until I turned the heat up it started to thicken up. Then it got too thick because of the extra cornstarch I added. Doh on my part. But I added more soy sauce and it thinned out a bit and it tastes amazing! Probably because of all the salt but still. I will make this again but I’ll turn the heat up when I add the cornstarch instead of turning it to low.
I can't wait to try it! Can you can this so it would have a shelf life? Would love to make this for gifts that they could use any time.
The cornstarch alone won't make it gluten free. You must use gluten free soy sauce as well.
Who said corn starch has gluten? It's made from corn.
Quick google will tell you cornstarch is gluten free.
While i do agree soy sauce must be gluten free, the corn starch alone WILL make it gluten free.
Hi Anon! You are correct, the cornstarch is gluten free. However, in this recipe, it is about the soy sauce which is made from wheat (among other ingredients). You would have to find a gluten-free version, like coconut aminos. Hope this clarifies things!
Michael W Zweifel says
What can you use in the place of corn starch?
Flour will work but the sauce can turn cloudy, not clear like on the photos. Let me know if you make it!
Eva-Maria Horner says
Have not made the sauce yet., but have a question. Can I use potato starch ? I bought some at a German store, used it for my Dumplings but am not sure about using it at as a sauce thickener.
Hi Eva-Maria! I think it will be just fine. Let me know how it goes!
Cristina Chang says
Tapioca startch are good as well.
Krissy Allori says
This looks so easy and so good. We love all things teriyaki at my house. It would just make sense to make my own sauce. Thanks for the great recipe.
Thank you, Krissy!
Low Sodium tip: instead of a cup of soy sauce, use 1/4 c soy (I used low sodium Tamari), 1/4 c apple cider vinegar, and the rest water. Acidic levels are nearly the same, thanks to the ACV, taste is not compromised (soy is very potent), and Voilà! Much lower sodium content, same taste!
I also threw in some red pepper flakes to make it a spicy/sweet combo! Thanks for sharing this delicious and simple recipe!
I used a little less sugar and cornstarch, but WOW the flavor of this was delicious!! I’ll be saving this for future use.
Thank you so much, Kelsey!
About how much is 1 serving? (A tablespoon?)
This makes 8 servings so I’d take the final amount of sauce you get and divide by 8 to get serving size.
I made this along with stir fry last weekend and everyone love it!
I was out of teriyaki sauce and needed it for a recipe. I Google'd and found this one. It's better than store bought sauce.
I never knew how easy this would be to make at home but it was! Definitely going to be staple in our house!
Julie Blanner says
I love this sauce! It's such a great addition to chicken.
Laura Reese says
This is a delicious recipe! Makes everything so tender and flavorful.
Jennifer Barry says
Made it. It tastes good, but I feel like it's way too thick. I made it exactly as posted. I think next time I will use a little less cornstarch. But overall, it tastes just fine.
Can this marinade be used for grilling chicken?
Prakash Nadkarni says
Really good recipe, thanks for making it publicly available. (It shows up #1 on Gooogle.).
You might want to invest in a used copy of Harold McGee's "On Food and Cooking"(2004 edition) - this is the Bible that most serious chefs use: while not containing a single recipe, it talks about food ingredients, food science and how different things are made (including chocolate and soy sauce). This is a book that you can open anywhere and read for pleasure. (It's highly likely that your public library may have a copy.)
Japanese-style soy sauce uses equal parts of soy beans and wheat as the raw materials. (If it uses only soybeans, it's called Tamari - this is the gluten-free stuff.)
The wheat serves a useful purpose - its starches are broken down by fermentation into sugars and trace amounts of alcohol, and the sugars combine with the proteins from soybeans to form savory brown compounds (similar to what you get when you brown meat). As a result, soy sauce made with wheat has a more complex and richer flavor than that made with soybeans alone (provided you're not gluten-sensitive).
Ed Matthews says
I see the picture of this sauce has sesame seeds in it. Is this for looks or was it omitted from the recipe by mistake?
Hi Ed! I used the seeds to have a point for my camera to focus. It's hard to do that on a dark liquid surface. Sorry if it was confusing. Sesame seeds are often used as a garnish and you can sprinkle them over the finished dish. I hope you will give this teriyaki sauce a try!
Ed Matthews says
OK !! I have seen so many recipes for this sauce but it's the only one I see that uses Sesame Seed Oil and instead of Mirin, uses apple cider vinegar and no honey. Try omitting the oil,use Mirin,and a bit of honey and let me know how you like it. I'm still looking for that Genuine recipe.
Hi Ed! You are welcome to use whatever you like. My recipe is easy and uses easy to find ingredients. Give it a try. You might like it! 😀
Aspen Dean says
Hey! I was wanting to make this for dinner tonight and was wondering if the ground ginger needed to be fresh or a powder spice. Also, is Braggas Liquid Aminos a good substitute for the soy sauce?
I’m excited to try!
I forgot sesame oil, is there anything I can use instead?
Hi Stephanie! Olive oil will work just fine. Let me know if you make this sauce. Thank you!
I've made several stir fry or peanut sauces but this by far trumps them all. Definitely going to save this for a go-to sauce. So good!
Thank you, Nicole! I am so glad you love it!
The recipe looks awesome, but-
This sauce will NOT be gluten free just because you use corn starch instead of flour. If you are using genuine brewed soy sauce, the making of that sauce uses wheat in the fermentation process. You MUST use gluten free soy sauce along with the corn starch to make the recipe gluten free.
Thank you, Marc! I believe Kikkoman makes a gluten free version of their soy sauce.
What to cook with teriyak sauce? Oh, man...I could eat it with a spoon 🙂 I love it and use it on a lot of things, so I look forward to trying your recipe!
Amanda Livesay says
I had no idea teriyaki sauce as so easy! I can't wait to make it!
You have to try it, Amanda!
This teriyaki sauce sounds delicious! It is one of my favorite sauces to use while cooking.
Same here! Thanks, Des!
Jacque Hastert says
Nothing beats homemade. Know I have NO excuse to buy the jar stuff.
Yay! I hope you love this homemade version!
Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling says
Yesssss! Love teriyaki and I bet homemade is amazing!
Looks perfectly delicious!I am going to save this recipe!
This will be tasty on so many things, great job!!
Thank you, Amanda!
I love Teriyaki and your homemade version sounds delish! Thanks for a shout-out for my Sugar-FreeTeriyaki Sauce!
Thank you, Kalyn!