Irresistible Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Easy Homemade Japanese Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Elevate your culinary game with this authentic Japanese teriyaki sauce that’s perfect for glazing meats, fish, and vegetables!

Teriyaki isn’t just a sauce; it’s a cooking method that originated in Japan. The word ‘teriyaki’ comes from ‘teri’, meaning luster, and ‘yaki’, referring to grilling or broiling. This sauce gives food a gorgeous glossy sheen while infusing it with rich, savory-sweet flavors.

The Fascinating Origins of Teriyaki

Teriyaki has roots dating back to the early 19th century in Japan. Initially used for grilling eel, the technique quickly became popular for other seafood and meats. The combination of soy sauce, mirin, and sake created a perfect balance of flavors that enhanced various dishes.

Today, teriyaki has evolved beyond its traditional Japanese roots. In Hawaii, where it was introduced by Japanese immigrants, teriyaki often includes pineapple juice or brown sugar. The American version, popularized by Kikkoman in 1961, introduced a thicker consistency perfect for basting and dipping.

Mastering the Art of Teriyaki

While store-bought options are convenient, nothing beats the flavor of homemade teriyaki sauce. Our recipe strikes the perfect balance between authenticity and modern tastes. It’s versatile enough to use as a marinade, basting sauce, or even a dip for your favorite appetizers.


  • 1 cup Japanese shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup sake


  1. In a small saucepan, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, and sake. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and let it cool. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Teriyaki Sauce: Versatile and Delicious

This homemade teriyaki sauce is incredibly versatile. Use it to marinate chicken, beef, or salmon before grilling. Brush it onto skewers of vegetables for a delicious yakitori-style appetizer. Or use it as a dipping sauce for dumplings and spring rolls. The possibilities are endless!

Pro Tips for Perfect Teriyaki

  • For a thicker sauce, let it simmer longer or add a cornstarch slurry.
  • Experiment with add-ins like grated ginger or garlic for extra flavor.
  • Use this sauce as a base for stir-fries or as a glaze for roasted vegetables.

Irresistible Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
152 Calories
0g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 152
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1755mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 162mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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