Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe (2024)

Total Time: 15 minutes minutes


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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 or vegetables.


In the mood for teriyaki? Make up a batch of this sauce and then use it to make Teriyaki Chicken Pizza or Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers!

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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

There are lots of things I used to 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 love to make from scratch is homemade Teriyaki sauce. It is so super easy and good, it made me wonder why I ever bought the store bought kind!

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!

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  • Brown Sugar: I use light brown sugar. You could also up the amount of honey, but I think they both bring in different flavors, so I like to use both.
  • Soy Sauce: I always use low sodium soy sauce. You could also use tamari.
  • Honey: If you like the sauce sweeter, use 2 tablespoons, otherwise just use one.
  • Garlic: I always have fresh garlic on hand, so I like to use fresh. You could sub in garlic powder. If you do, you’ll need about 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Ginger: I don’t always have fresh ginger on hand, so that is why I use ground ginger. Feel free to use fresh if you do have it, though. You’ll need 1-2 tablespoons of fresh ginger if you do sub.
  • Cornstarch: This is what will thicken up your sauce. The sauce will get decently thick, so if you prefer a thinner sauce, feel free to cut this amount in half.
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How to Make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

It really doesn’t get much easier than this recipe!

1: Start by combining all of your ingredients except the cornstarch and 1/4 cup of water. Whisk to combine, and set over medium heat.

2: In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and the 1/4 cup water.

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3: Pour the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan.

4: Cook, whisking, until the sauce thickens.

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How to Use This Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

This homemade teriyaki sauce makes a thicker sauce that the bottled sauce, so it would be good served on top of something, but I have also used it as a marinade. If you don’t want it thick as a marinade you can skip adding the cornstarch and extra water.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use this sauce:

  • As sauce with grilled chicken
  • Add it to chicken pieces and broccoli and serve over rice
  • As a glaze for salmon
  • Mixed into noodles
  • In any stir fry
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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Video

If you want to watch how this teriyaki sauce is made, watch the video above.


I usually make this teriyaki sauce when I need it, but it’s also great to just have on hand for an easy dinner.

I store it in a mason jar in the refrigerator. I will usually try to go through it in a week or less, but really, it should be good for 2-3 weeks if stored properly.

I have not tried to freeze this, although I’m assuming it would freeze well.

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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

4.78 from 160 votes

Author: Deborah Harroun

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 1 1/2 cups

Course: Sauces

Cuisine: Asian

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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 or vegetables.


  • 1 cup (8 oz) water
  • 5 tablespoons (67 g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) low sodium soy sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large clove garlic ,minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) cold water


  • Combine the 1 cup water, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger in a medium saucepan and set over medium heat.

  • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with the 1/4 cup water and whisk until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan.

  • Heat the sauce until it thickens to your desired thickness. If the sauce becomes too thick, add more water to thin it out.


Recipe Notes:

slightly adapted from Food.com

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guide.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1/4 cup, Calories: 72kcal (4%), Carbohydrates: 18g (6%), Protein: 1g (2%), Sodium: 442mg (19%), Sugar: 4g (4%)

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