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An easy homemade teriyaki sauce recipe made from pantry staples. This sauce is bold and thick and is great as a marinade or as a sauce served with your favorite meats.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Photos Updated July 2014

There are lots of things I never considered making before, turning instead to the conveniently bottled versions. Salad dressings, mayonnaise, etc. Some of them I still buy bottled – mayonnaise – and some I make from scratch at home – salad dressings. One of these condiments that I recently tried to make from scratch was homemade Teriyaki sauce. It was so super easy and good, it made me wonder why I didn’t think to make it from scratch earlier!!

This homemade teriyaki sauce makes a thicker sauce that the bottled sauce, so it would be good served on top of something, but I used it as a marinade. I was going to use it on some grilled kabobs, but ended up throwing it in with some chicken breasts, letting it marinade overnight, then grilling the chicken. Along with the chicken, my husband grilled some fresh pineapple, which is my favorite way to eat pineapple! We also ate the chicken with some rice, and it was a delicious, filling dinner.

This homemade teriyaki sauce recipe only takes minutes to make, and tastes a lot better than the jarred sauce. This sauce is great just served as a sauce alongside your favorite meats as well as a marinade. I love that it is so versatile!

I think that I’ll be having more Asian inspired meals soon just so that I can make this recipe again!

Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe
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An easy homemade teriyaki sauce recipe made from pantry staples. This sauce is bold and thick and is great as a marinade or as a sauce served with your favorite meats.
Serves: 1½ cups
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water
  1. Combine the 1 cup water, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger in a medium saucepan and set over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with the ¼ cup water and whisk until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan.
  3. Heat the sauce until it thickens to your desired thickness. If the sauce becomes too thick, add more water to thin it out.
slightly adapted from Food.com

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36 Responses to Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

  1. Kristal says:

    This sounds really good. I was starting my hunt for weekend dinner ideas and this popped up! Thanks !

  2. KJ says:

    This is great. I prefer not to rely on bottled or ready made foods if I can help it. If I make it myself I know what’s in it.

    However, it would never occur to me to make my own teriyaki sauce. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Elle says:

    Sounds like a great recipe for teriyaki…I should make my own, too.

  4. Valli says:

    Wow this sounds so good and easy to prepare as well. I would have never thought to make my own teriyaki. Kudos!!!

  5. vincent says:

    My family and I love Teriyaki Chicken. Thanks for the variation. I’m sure we’ll try it out very soon.

    One side dish that we typically add is
    grilled jalapeno peppers
    . Delicious!

    The kids can handle them since most of the spice is grilled out.

  6. Mandy says:

    I can just imagine how delicious the meal must be!

  7. Kelly-Jane says:

    Oh I know that would be so good!

  8. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    That looks beautiful! Nice job on making your own teriyaki sauce!

  9. Orchidea says:

    I posted the same recipe today… this was the first time I tried Teriyaki chicken but I did not do it from scrach like you.
    Nice recipe.

  10. Amy says:

    I also recently started making my own teriyaki sauce and couldn’t believe how easy it was!

  11. Cynthia says:

    Congrats! you’re now making your own teriyaki sauce, I’ll definitely try your recipe. Your dinner sounds really filling and not fussy at all. I like that.

  12. valentina says:

    We seem to be very similar in taht there are loads of things that I do not buy ready. I just went through the list of the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce and it does seem pretty simple. I will try to make it as well – got encouraged by your post.

  13. Kristen says:

    I love teriyaki chicken…I think I’ll make this this week. I have fresh pineapple and just the ingredients on hand! Yum!

  14. Janet says:

    That chicken looks very succulent. Great recipe!

  15. kellypea says:

    I haven’t had teriyaki in a while, but was scanning the bottles in Whole Foods yesterday, looking at the combos. I’m right with you on the “make your own” and have gotten into the habit of checking out the descriptions on the labels of bottles in the store to get new ideas. Yours sounds yummy. Especially in the weather we’re having. Great for the BBQ.

    I’ve tagged you, so check out my Bloggarooni…=)

  16. Patricia Scarpin says:

    That looks fingerlicking, Deb!

  17. Winthropian says:

    Nice and easy. Tried it on burgers with grilled pineapple and it was wonderful.

  18. michaelasmommy says:

    I just made this teriyaki sauce and it was very easy to make and very good. Thank you for this recipie.

  19. michaelasmommy says:

    I just made this today and it was very easy as well as being DELICIOUS. Thank you for this recipie. I will keep it in my recipie box for the future as I will make it again.

  20. Teresa says:

    please be advised this will NOT be gluten free unless you use gluten free soy sauce!

  21. Jen says:

    how long would this last if I didn’t use it up all at once?

  22. kayo says:

    Not trying to be a troll, but this is NOT teriyaki sauce. So if that’s what you’re looking for this is not it.

    True teriyaki sauce is: Soy sauce, sugar, mirin or sake, optional ginger.

  23. Jamie says:

    This turned out so yummy and was super easy to make. It also saved my rear end when the steaks weren’t completely thawed and I had to rethink my dinner plans. I sliced the partially frozen steaks thin and added this fabulous sauce and served it on a bed of rice with veggies. It was a total success!

  24. Lollie says:

    I will try this recipe, on Wednesday. Thank You, Kindly!!!

  25. Dana says:

    Great ! But why buying mayonnaise ? It’s as easy to do it yourself !

  26. Denise says:

    Made this sauce for some stir fry tonight. Amazing and so easy!!! Never buying the bottled stuff again!

  27. Tina says:


    This sauce is amazing! I just made it today, and it’s all the yumminess, and no saltiness that store-bought sauce offers. I was impressed with the amount of sauce this yields, I used less than half to marinade my tofu for tonight’s stir fry.
    I usually don’t buy teriyaki sauce anymore because of the price and the saltiness/sodium content. It will be nice to have yummy teriyaki in the house!

    Thank you!

  28. kristie says:

    I was out but needed some for dinner. Why haven’t I ever tried making my own before? Thanks for the recipe. I have it marked because I won’t be buying it from now on…

  29. Sally A. says:

    I just made this.I sauted some thin sliced chicken breasts addad the cooked sauce and served it over rice. I did add the juice and zest of half an orange. So easy and delicious.

  30. Patti says:

    I have made this twice now and it far exceeds anything you can buy! Going to pass this one on to the ladies in my family.

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