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Easy Teriyaki Sauce & Marinade Recipe

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You know that thick, rich Teriyaki sauce you get at restaurants, that has just the right amount of tang and sweetness? Now make your own easy, bold, thick sauce at home in about 10 minutes! Delicious as a marinade or a sauce!

Close up shot of teriyaki sauce on glass ladle laying on a wooden cutting board with jar of sauce in background along with some fresh ginger.

Here in Colorado we have a healthy and delicious fast(ish) food restaurant called Tokyo Joe’s; with a large variety from sushi, poke bowls to make your own bowls, all made with fresh, healthy ingredients.

Back in March, I went to a Denver Blogger’s Club event graciously sponsored by Tokyo Joe’s Cherry Creek and asked our host what she recommended for this momma who doesn’t eat out very often.

red bowl filled with brown rice, steamed broccoli a corn salsa, mahi-mahi grilled fish with Teriyaki Sauce and chopsticks crossed atop the bowl.
Mahi Mahi Bowl from Tokyo Joe’s

She recommended the (above) mahi-mahi teriyaki bowl with brown rice and steamed broccoli and it was DEE-LICIOUS! Vibrant, healthy, filling, flavorful and so satisfying! Well I just had to try and recreate the darn thing! But first, I had to recreate the sauce, so let’s get to it!

teriyaki sauce and marinade ingredients in small glass containers laid out on wooden cutting board. Soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, corn starch, sesame oil, garlic, honey and Mirin.

WHAT IS TERIYAKI SAUCE MADE OF?

  • Soy Sauce | The quintessential ingredient that makes teriyaki, teriyaki! Use real soy sauce if vegan and try Tamari sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s if gluten free or avoiding soy.
  • Brown Sugar | traditionally teriyaki is a little sweet. Try using light or dark brown sugar.
  • Fresh Ginger | Adds authentic ginger zing; try using 2 cubes of Dorot fresh frozen ginger found at Trader Joe’s.
  • Fresh Garlic | All savory things should have garlic!
  • Honey | Not a lot! Vegans use agave or other sweetener
  • Sesame Oil | Toasted or untoasted, this ingredient is not to be missed, pick up this little jewel of oils in the Asian section of your market. I love this oil, in this Beef and Broccoli.
  • Mirin | A Japanese sweet rice wine, similar to sake but with a lower alcohol, but higher sugar content. Traditional teriyaki is made using Sake, you can also use Sherry, Port or Madeira too. I’ve also used Rice Vinegar in a pinch, adds a little tartness, but is still quite pleasant.
  • Corn Starch | Non-GMO pretty please!
jar of teriyaki sauce on cutting board with glass ladle and ginger in background.

Ways to Use Homemade Teriyaki

Whether using this healthier teriyaki sauce as a marinade or as a sauce, you will discover so many delicious uses for this simple sauce.

  • Pour over your favorite meat, poultry, fish, or veggies and allow to marinate for about 30 minutes or more, then cook as planned.
  • Drizzle or slather over grilled chicken, kebabs, fish or veggies.
  • Try mixing into noodles, like this yummy lo mein (a delicious recipe from my friend, Michaela of An Affair from the Heart).
  • Add some to your favorite fried rice (try this recipe from my friend, MinShien of Joyous Apron)
  • Scrumptious over salmon, whether grilled or baked.
large white bowl with brown rice, grilled chicken, shredded carrots, steamed broccoli drizzled with teriyaki sauce with jar of sauce in background. Chopsticks atop the bowl .

Chicken (or Fish) Teriyaki Rice Bowl

How to make your own Teriyaki bowl! Customize to your liking, here’s how we make them.

  • Steam white or brown rice and place portion in bottom of bowl
  • Add grilled chicken or fish (even better if marinated in the teriyaki marinade)
  • Add steamed broccoli and/or carrots until crisp tender, salt lightly
  • Drizzle warmed up teriyaki sauce all over the bowl.
  • Serve with chopsticks for a fun and nutritious meal.
Chopsticks picking up broccoli and teriyaki chicken from large white bowl with brown rice, grilled chicken, shredded carrots, steamed broccoli drizzled with teriyaki sauce.

That’s it!

This sauce mixes up so quickly, and while I won’t say I’d never buy another bottle of store bought sauce again, cause that just ain’t so, this sure is a super simple and oh so delicious marinade and sauce!

–> Replace this sauce for the raspberry glaze and follow the baking instructions on this Salmon Recipe.

Staub white casserole dish with raw chicken marinating in teriyaki sauce with jar behind.

HOW TO MODIFY FOR A MARINADE

You can use this sauce as is for a marinade, but some folk prefer their marinades a bit more liquid-y.

  • If you prefer a more liquid marinade, omit cornstarch, but keep the water.
  • Be sure to allow the sauce to cool completely before using as marinade.

Store in a tightly covered jar or container in the fridge for about 2 weeks. May be frozen, when ready to use, thaw on counter or overnight in fridge.

If you love this sauce, then you have got to try these other sauces, rubs and dressings!

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Yield: 1 ¼ cups

Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

jar of teriyaki sauce on cutting board with glass ladle and ginger in background.

You know that thick, rich Teriyaki sauce you get at restaurants, that has just the right amount of tang and sweetness? Now make your own easy, bold, thick sauce at home in about 10 minutes! Delicious as a marinade or a sauce!

Cook Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer until thickened (about 3-4 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cool if using as marinade.
  2. Store in airtight jar for up to 2 weeks in fridge, may be frozen up to 3 months.

Notes

*Mirin is a Japanese sweet rice wine, similar to sake but with a lower alcohol, but higher sugar content. Traditional teriyaki is made with saki, but you can also use Sherry, Port or Madeira too. I've also used Rice Vinegar in a pinch!

Uses for Teriyaki Sauce/Marinade

Marinade meat, poultry, fish, veggies in teriyaki sauce for 30 minutes minimum and cook as directed. If desired, omit the cornstarch from marinade if a more watery marinade is desired.

Use as a sauce in chicken and rice bowls, add to chow mein and lo mein recipes, drizzle a little in your favorite fried rice. See post for more use ideas for this delicious sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

2 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1402mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Tasia ~ two sugar bugs

Sunday 5th of July 2020

This teriyaki sauce looks perfect Kathleen! I have all the ingredients and we love these flavors. Looking forward to trying it!

Bob

Friday 3rd of July 2020

I’ve made this one. It is AWESOME!!!!!!

Kathleen

Friday 3rd of July 2020

You are the best Bob! Thanks!

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