How to Make Teriyaki Sauce

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce - easy recipe

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If you think 3 tablespoons of sugar is too much, feel free to reduce the amount to 2 tablespoons of sugar. If you are not vegan, consider using honey! It adds great flavor to the sauce. I also like my teriyaki sauce to be slightly thick, which is why I included cornstarch. Feel free to omit it. 



  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons mirin
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (see note 1)
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Add the soy sauce, mirin, 5 tablespoons of water, sugar, garlic and ginger to a saucepan. Use the remaining tablespoon of water to dilute the cornstarch. Set the cornstarch slurry aside.
  2. Mix the contents of the saucepan and bring it to boil. Reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Give the cornstarch slurry a quick stir and pour it into the saucepan. Stir to combine. Let the sauce cook for another 1 to 2 minutes so that the sauce thickens slightly. Turn off the heat.
  3. Let the teriyaki sauce cool to room temperature before pouring it into a jar. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks.


  1. If you would rather not have small bits of garlic and ginger in your teriyaki sauce, grate them with a microplane zester.