This easy homemade teriyaki sauce will have you skipping the store-bought versions and enjoying your own at home. Save money using this recipe as it requires basic pantry staples and delivers a taste that pairs wonderfully with just about anything!
You’re going to love this honey teriyaki sauce recipe. It’s great with anything from chicken to bacon, pork, or anything in between. You can make a batch of this sauce and keep it stored in the fridge and use it for multiple recipes before it’s best-by happens.
This homemade sauce should last about 2-3 weeks if properly stored in the fridge meaning that you can have plenty of time to use it up! I like to keep mine stored in a mason jar with a fitted lid because it’s nice and airtight and it’s also easy to pour out what I want to use when needed.
This recipe makes about 1 pint worth of sauce so you’ll have plenty for a good recipe or two. Check out the FAQs and Tips section below to see some great examples and suggestions for using your homemade teriyaki sauce.
Ingredients for Homemade Teriyaki Sauce:
- Cornstarch slurry: Made with water and cornstarch, this will help to thicken the sauce into the perfect consistency.
- Garlic: Adding a great aroma and flavor is minced garlic. You can use fresh minced garlic or store-bought.
- Ginger: To give us a great Asian-infused flavor, adding dried ginger or ground ginger will really help to flavor our sauce.
- Water: You will need some additional water to help add enough liquid into the mix to make an actual sauce.
- Soy sauce: This will really help to give us a great depth of flavor.
- Brown sugar: Adding a little sweetness and caramelization into the mixture.
- Honey: You will need to use some honey to help add in more sweetness and a nice thickness to the sauce that works wonderfully.
How to make teriyaki sauce:
- In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup of water and your cornstarch until it’s mixed into a slurry.
- In a saucepan, combine your cornstarch slurry with garlic, ginger, the remaining water, soy sauce, brown sugar, and honey. Whisk together well.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow it to simmer until the sauce has been thickened. This should take about 4 minutes.
- Let the sauce cool before using. The recipe should make about 1 point in total.
Frequently Asked Questions and Tips
This teriyaki sauce is gluten free as written but pay careful attention to the ingredients list on the soy sauce you use as not every soy sauce bottle is gluten free. Kikkoman has several great gluten free soy sauce options, including a low sodium version.
Yes, naturally, teriyaki sauce is a thick and sweet sauce that is also savory. This is what gives it some unique flavor characteristics that make it great for anything.
You can use teriyaki sauce for just about anything you can imagine. Salmon, Chicken wings, Noodles, Stir Fry, Rice, Steak, and more. If you think it could taste great with a little sweet and savory flavor profile, then you are probably right! Let me know in the comments below how you chose to use your homemade teriyaki sauce!
If you want to make this teriyaki sauce and you don’t have honey on hand or don’t wish to use it, you can make a simple switch. Using Agave or Maple Syrup can give you similar and tasty results.
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger dried and ground
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 5 tablespoons honey
- Whisk together the 1/4 cup water and corn starch to create a slurry.
- In a saucepan, combine the cornstarch slurry, garlic, ginger, water, soy sauce, brown sugar, and honey. Whisk together.
- Bring to a simmer and simmer until thickened, about 4 minutes.
- Let cool. This recipe makes a pint.
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