Japanese Teriyaki Sauce

This all-purpose sauce is the very essence of Japanese cuisine- salty soy, sweet sugar, and sesame oil flavors dominate the cuisine. Teriyaki is used as a base for other sauces and marinades and as a glaze. There are millions of jars and bottles of this iconic sauce sold everywhere in the world. Most are really good and you can’t go wrong using them, but there’s something special about making your own, especially knowing it’s going to be perfect. Here’s a fantastic recipe for making your own in 10 minutes.

Japanese teriyaki sauce

Teriyaki Sauce

This is a great version of Japan's famous teriyaki sauce. It takes about 5-10 minutes to make and can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks. Try it on Broiled Salmon Teriyaki and slightly enhanced for Grilled Chicken Yakitori.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Medium saucepan


  • 1 cup Japanese soy sauce
  • ½ cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 2 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Sesame oil
  • 6 tbsp Mirin
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 5 tbsp Corn or potato starch, mixed in ½ cup water


  • Mix everything together in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat to cool. Use right away or store in a covered jar in the refrigerator for a few weeks.


Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 118g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 6888mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 85g | Vitamin A: 0.3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg

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