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Homemade Teriyaki sauce It is one of our sauce recipes. We love using it to make teriyaki pork, teriyaki chicken, even chicken wings!
Teriyaki sauce is easily bought at the store, but it tastes much better made at home. It lasts about 3 weeks in the fridge, so I like to make it together with a little balsamic vinaigrette for salads, and even a little bit of Italian dressing. Everything uses basic ingredients!
What is teriyaki sauce?
Teriyaki sauce is a rich sauce, thick and full of umami flavors. Teriyaki sauce ingredients include:
- Base: Soy sauce and water. I usually substitute half the water for orange juice (or even pineapple juice) to add flavor. Although I often use low sodium teriyaki sauce, I prefer this recipe with regular teriyaki sauce.
- Aromatic: Garlic and ginger give this sauce a great flavor. I freeze the ginger and break a piece when I need it or even roll it from frozen for the Stir Fry.
- Sweetness: I use brown sugar, but you can add a little white sugar or even honey if that's all you have on hand.
Sesame seeds, green (or chopped) onions, and citrus zest also add great flavor to this teriyaki marinade!
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How to make teriyaki sauce
Once you make the homemade teriyaki sauce, you don't want to buy it from the store again! I thicken it to make sauce, but I don't bother thickening if I make a teriyaki marinade.
- Combine the ingredients: Combine soy sauce, water (or orange juice), garlic, ginger, and brown sugar in a saucepan.
- Simmer to mix flavors: Simmer and continue simmering for a couple of minutes or until all the brown sugar dissolves.
- How to thicken Teriyaki sauce? Thickening teriyaki sauce is optional. If you are using it as a marinade, simply boil and cool it completely. I like to make it a little thicker if I use it as a sauce or cake. Create a mixture with cornstarch and water and pour it into the boiling teriyaki sauce while whisking until you get the desired consistency.
What is the difference between teriyaki sauce and soy sauce?
Well, they both have different flavors. Soy sauce is the main component of teriyaki sauce, but the salinity is cut with brown sugar and other ingredients like ginger.
Teriyaki is also very thick, where soy sauce is a thin, watery addition to dishes like fried rice.
Can I substitute Teriyaki sauce for soy sauce?
Both sauces have very different consistencies and flavor profiles, so soy sauce would not work well as a substitute. In a pinch just pick up this easy teriyaki sauce recipe!
To thicken the teriyaki sauce:
- Create a mixture by mixing equal parts of water and cornstarch until there are no lumps
- Pour the suspension into the teriyaki sauce little by little while whisking, until the desired thickness is reached.
It's super easy and makes the best homemade sauce!
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Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
This easy homemade teriyaki sauce is one of our takeaway sauce recipes. We love using it to make teriyaki pork, teriyaki chicken, even chicken wings!
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup water or use half orange juice
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Combine soy sauce, 1 cup liquid, garlic, ginger, and brown sugar in a small saucepan.
Simmer 2 minutes or until brown sugar dissolves.
Combine the water and cornstarch to create a suspension. Pour the boiling sauce little by little to achieve the desired consistency.
This recipe will make about 1 1/3 cup of sauce. Nutritional information is based on 1 tablespoon of sauce.
Calories: 12, Sodium: 206 mgPotassium: 10 mgCarbohydrates: 2 g, Sugar 1 g, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 0.3%, Iron: 0.6%
(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and ingredient brands used.)
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