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Teriyaki Sauce

A savory and sweet Asian teriyaki sauce is very popular around the world. Also, many meat and vegetable dishes use it such as famous teriyaki chicken and teriyaki tofu. This  simple homemade best teriyaki sauce recipe only has a few ingredients that you can easily find ingredients at home. 
Course sauce
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 69kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger
  • 1.5 cups Soy sauce
  • 1 & ¾ cups White Sugar
  • ¼ cup Brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon White Sesame seeds (optional)


  • 4 tablespoons Corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons Water


  • 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. Add grind garlic, ginger and stir fry them a little bit.
  • Pour 1.5 cups of soy sauce into the pot. 
  • Next, put 1 & ¾ cups of white sugar,  ¼ cup of brown sugar and ¾ teaspoon of black pepper into the pot. Mix it well.
  • After, let it cook until it's boiling. Then, turn the fire to very low and simmer for 15-20 minutes. (Be careful it may overflow if the fire is too high. Keep stirring it once a while.)
  • In the meanwhile, in a small container add 4 tablespoons of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of water. Mix it very well. 
  • Remember to mix the cornstarch very well before pouring into the sauce. Keep stirring the sauce for a minute and wait until it's boiling again. Then, simmering for 5 minutes. (Stir it once a while.) Lastly, add 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds (this is optional) and stir it well.
  • Let it cool down before putting into a container. When the sauce cools down, it will be thicker. 



Cooking tips for how to make homemade best teriyaki sauce:

  • Use a grater to grind ginger and garlic.
  • Add grind ginger, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, white sugar, black pepper and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remember to stir the sauce a little bit when it’s simmering. Next, add sesame seeds and stir it well.
  • Be careful it may overflow if the fire is too high. Keep stirring it once a while.
  • Normally, when I use it to marinate meat, I do not add cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce. However, when I use it as a dipping sauce. Then, I will add cornstarch 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