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How to Make Teriyaki Sauce - easy recipe
4.89 from 17 votes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Lisa Lin

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce

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. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Let the teriyaki sauce cool to room temperature before pouring it into a jar. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks.


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