Teriyaki Sauce

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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is one of our go-to sauce recipes. We love using it to make teriyaki pork, teriyaki chicken, teriyaki salmon, or even on chicken wings

Teriyaki sauce is easily bought at the store, but it tastes SO much better homemade. It lasts about 3 weeks in the fridge, so I like to whip it up along with some balsamic vinaigrette for salads, and even some Italian dressing. Everything uses basic ingredients!

Glass container of homemade teriyaki sauce

What Is Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki sauce is a sauce that is rich, thick, and filled with umami flavors. Teriyaki sauce ingredients include:

  • Base: Soy sauce and water. I usually substitute half of the water for orange juice (or even pineapple juice) for added flavor. While I often use low sodium teriyaki sauce, I prefer this recipe with regular teriyaki sauce.
  • Aromatics: Garlic and ginger add great flavor to this sauce. I freeze ginger and break a piece off when I need it or even grate it right from frozen for Stir Fry.
  • Sweetness: I use brown sugar but you can add a bit of white sugar or even honey if it’s all you have on hand.

Sesame seeds, green (or minced white) onions, and citrus zest all add great flavor to this teriyaki marinade too!

Pouring homemade teriyaki sauce over raw chicken in a clear glass bowl

How To Make Teriyaki Sauce

Once you make homemade teriyaki sauce, you will not want to buy it at the store again! I thicken it to make sauce but I don’t bother thickening if I’m making a teriyaki marinade.

  1. Combine Ingredients: Combine soy sauce, water (or orange juice), garlic, ginger, and brown sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer to blend flavors: Bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for a couple minutes or until all of the brown sugar is dissolved
  3. How Do You Thicken Teriyaki Sauce? Thickening teriyaki sauce is optional. If you’re using it as a marinate, simply boil and cool completely. I like to make it a little thicker if I am using it as a sauce or baste. Create a slurry with cornstarch and water and pour it into the boiling teriyaki sauce while whisking until you reach desired consistency.

Wooden spoon in a glass jar of teriyaki sauce

What Is The Difference Between Teriyaki Sauce and Soy Sauce

Well, both have different flavors. Soy sauce is the main component in teriyaki sauce, but the saltiness is cut with brown sugar and other ingredients like ginger.

Teriyaki is also very thick, where as soy sauce is a thin watery addition to dishes like fried rice.

Can I substitute Teriyaki Sauce For Soy Sauce

Both sauces have vastly different flavor profiles and consistencies, so soy sauce wouldn’t work well as a substitute. In a pinch just whip up this easy teriyaki sauce recipe!

To thicken teriyaki sauce:

  1. Create a slurry by mixing equal parts water and cornstarch until no lumps remain
  2. Pour the slurry into the teriyaki sauce bit by bit while whisking, until the desired thickness is reached.

It’s super easy, and makes the best homemade sauce ever!

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Teriyaki Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Author Holly Nilsson
This easy homemade teriyaki sauce is one of our go-to sauce recipes. We love using it to make teriyaki pork, teriyaki chicken, even on chicken wings! 


  • cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water or use half orange juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

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  • Combine soy sauce, 1 cup liquid, garlic, ginger and brown sugar in a small saucepan.
  • Simmer 2 minutes or until brown sugar is dissolved.
  • Combine the water and cornstarch to create a slurry. Pour into the boiling sauce a little at a time to reach desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

This recipe will make about 1 1/3 cup of sauce. Nutrition information is based on 1 tablespoon of sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 12, Carbohydrates: 2g, Sodium: 206mg, Potassium: 10mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword teriyaki sauce
Course Dip
Cuisine American

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  1. Quick and easy recipe. I did half orange juice and it was still good, but probably will just use all water next time.5 stars

  2. Tried this recipe last night. The sauce was used on chicken breast ponded thin & grilled. I was quite pleased and my husband said it was delicious. Thank you for sharing.5 stars

  3. Delicious and guaranteed to get the whole family to clean their plates!

    If you don’t eat corn starch, try brown rice flour. Just takes a few minutes to thicken.5 stars

  4. I was skeptical but I gave it a go and loved it and felt so much better eating it than store bought. I increased the amt of cornstarch and water because I like it a tad thicker. This recipe is a keeper !!5 stars

  5. You are consistently one of my top 3 go-to’s for great recipes. Thank you for sharing them with us. You’ve taught me so much over the years.

  6. Very tasty! Easy recipe followed exactly and it came together quickly! Next time I’ll add the orange juice. Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

  7. I only say this because it needed way more Brown Sugar to make it a true Teriyaki Sauce. I did use half pineapple juice and half water, then also doubled the recipe, If I am going to take the time to make it then I need enough to use whenever I need it.3 stars

  8. Best recipe ever! Only thing I did different was as orange zest. The recipe I’ve been searching for. Nicely done5 stars

  9. Quickest, easiest recipe for teriyaki sauce that is also a winner on taste! Great basic marinade that can be made with ingredients already on hand! Fabulous money saver since I don’t have to buy expensive bottled stuff!5 stars

    1. For this recipe, we use brown sugar but you can add a bit of white sugar or even honey if it’s all you have on hand. :)

  10. I tried this recipe today. It’s quick, easy and tastes great. I used this sauce on wings I did in instant pot duo crisp. The wings lasted less than 5 minutes!!!!5 stars

  11. I actually use this recipe all the time. I dont have raw ginger but the ground ginger tastes really good (I use the same amount recipe says for raw ginger). I also do the optional orange juice. It’s such a hit at my house I have to double the recipe. I find it helpful to heat a small pan and cook the sauce with the slurry ( little at a time, enough to cover the pan) to make it thick and set it aside.5 stars

  12. Made this tonight to pour over pork tenderloin. Turned out well, used pineapple juice. That’s what I had on hand. Will definitely make again.5 stars

    1. Hi Trish, we have only made this recipe as listed. But if you want to sub in ground ginger it is more potent than fresh so be sure to reduce the quantity.

  13. I have been trying to find a good gluten free teriyaki sauce that looks good-I can substitute GF soy sauce in your recipe and make this…yummy!