Best Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

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This is one of our favorite summer meals. Teriyaki chicken on the barbecue with stir-fried veggies and rice–and it can be on the table in just a few minutes.

Never buy bottled teriyaki sauce again! This easy recipe is ready in minutes, using items in your pantry. Great as a marinade, stir-fry, or dipping sauce.

I’m a bit of a teriyaki sauce junkie, so it only makes sense for me to make my own. And this recipe doesn’t have any hidden preservatives or MSG, like the sauce from the store.

Here are some of the ways we use teriyaki sauce:

  • Marinade chicken or steak (put sauce in ziplok before freezing and it will marinade as it thaws)
  • Brush on salmon at the end of grilling
  • Splash in with shrimp for a stir-fry
  • Brush on veggie kabobs before grilling
  • On a pile of fried rice for a late-night snack

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce


1 cup soy sauce

1 cup sugar or 3/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon grated ginger (2t for extra zing)

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 cup mirin (optional)


Combine all ingredients and heat gently until sugar dissolves. Keeps in fridge for about a week or freezes indefinitely (it won’t freeze solid due to the sugar content).

What’s your favorite teriyaki application? Share with us (as our mouths water) in the comments!

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  1. This has quickly become one of my favorite recipes as we use honey out of the Hello Kitty Hive. We also add a little melted butter — but the recipe is essentially the same. There’s nothing quite like it.

    Chicken, beef, ground turkey — it doesnt matter. We’ve mixed this mixture in with ground turkey burger patties and it’s come out lip-smacking good.

    Have you ever tried the Olive Oyl Burger? Ground up some olives in the food processor — or buy them pre-ground. Top them on the burger after you flipped it once. Mash it down. Put your favorite cheese slices on top — let cook on the grill for the remaining four or five minutes.

    Mmmm….Good stuff Mama…