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homemade teriyaki sauce recipe

Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki sauce is originated from Japan. And, the word of teriyaki (照り焼き) refers a cooking method of grilling or broiling with a glaze of sauce. Traditionally, Japanese teriyaki sauce is made of soy sauce, mirin (rice wine) and sugar. 
Course sauce
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 69kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger
  • 1 & 1/2 cups Soy sauce
  • 1 & 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon White Sesame seeds (optional)


  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 4 tablespoons Corn starch


  • Use a grater to grind 2 tablespoons of garlic.
  • Then, use a grater to grind 1 tablespoon of ginger.
  • After that, add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil into a pot and turn on fire to medium-high. Then, add grind garlic, ginger and stir fried them a little bit.
  • Pour soy sauce, white sugar, brown sugar and black pepper let them cook until it’s boiling. Then, turn the fire to very low and simmering for 10-15 minutes.
  • In the meanwhile, in a small container add 2 tablespoons of water and 4 tablespoons corn starch. (It is hard to stir the corn starch because it’s very thick. I suggest to add 2 tablespoons first and stir them well. After that, add the other 2 tablespoons and mix them well.) Remember to mix the corn starch very well before pour into the sauce. Keep stirring the sauce for a minute and wait until it’s boiling again. Then, simmering for 5 minutes. (Try to stir them in between the time.) 
  • Lastly, add sesame seeds (this is optional) and stir them well.


Cooking tips for how to make teriyaki sauce:

  • Grind ginger and garlic
  • Add grind ginger, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, white sugar, black pepper and simmering for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add corn starch mixture to thicken the sauce and simmering for another 5 minutes. Remember to stir the sauce a little bit when it’s simmering. Next, add sesame seeds and stir it well.
  • Normally, when I use teriyaki sauce to marinated meat, I do not add corn starch. However, when I use it as a dipping sauce. Then, I will add corn starch to thicken the sauce a little bit.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 649mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg