Sweet and sticky homemade teriyaki sauce is one of our go-to sauces for marinades and stir fry recipes. Homemade teriyaki tastes so much better than store bought and you can make it with easy ingredients!
Teriyaki sauce is such a delicious simple recipe to make at home.
Making your own teriyaki sauce is quick, easy, and so flavorful!
What is teriyaki sauce made of?
Homemade teriyaki sauce is made with a combination of soy sauce, water, sugar, and ginger.
For this recipe, we use orange juice along with fresh garlic and minced ginger to really make the flavor pop.
Fresh squeezed orange juice would be even more delicious if you have it on hand.
You can also substitute pineapple juice in place of the orange juice.
I do not recommend using garlic powder or powdered ginger because the flavor is not the same.
The fresh ingredients are what really give it the great flavor!
This sauce is far better than anything you can buy in the store.
How to make homemade teriyaki sauce
This sauce comes together in less than 15 minutes making it perfect for a quick dinner or marinade!
It is so simple to throw together and made with only 8 ingredients.
Step 1: In a sauce pan, combine the soy sauce, orange juice, water, brown sugar, fresh ginger, and minced garlic.
Step 2: Heat the sauce until the brown sugar dissolves, around 5 minutes.
How do You thicken Teriyaki Sauce?
Step 3: In a bowl, mix together the corn starch and cold water to make the slurry.
This is what helps get the sauce to the desired thickness.
It make the sauce that perfect sticky thick texture just like a store bought sauce.
Your sauce will start out thin. The slurry will thicken it up quickly!
Step 4: Add the corn starch slurry to the teriyaki sauce and whisk or stir for 3 – 5 minutes, as the sauce thickens.
Once the teriyaki sauce is finished, use it as marinade or pour it on your favorite stir fry recipe.
You can use pineapple juice in place of orange juice in this recipe for a fun twist!
To make this sauce gluten free, substitute gluten free soy sauce or tamari for the regular soy sauce.
The only thing I do not recommend is to use powdered garlic or ginger like I said previously.
That fresh minced ginger and garlic is what gives the sauce that authentic flavor!
This sauce is so delicious and really so quick to throw together.
If you have never made teriyaki before, you will really be surprised at how simple it is!
Your family will love this sauce.
I love mine poured over teriyaki noodles or for homemade teriyaki tofu.
It really is very versatile and would be lovely in just about any stir fry recipe.
If you do not use it all, you can store it in the fridge for a few days and use it again for another recipe!
This sauce can easily be made ahead and used for dinner later that day.
Just make the recipe, and place in a mason jar with a lid to seal it.
Pop it in the fridge and use it when you are ready!
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- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ¾ cup orange juice
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
For the corn starch slurry
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- ¼ cup cold water
- Add soy sauce, orange juice, brown sugar, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and minced ginger to a sauce pan
- Heat over medium for around 5 minutes, until brown sugar dissolves
- In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the corn starch slurry
- Add the slurry to the sauce, and continue to cook an additional 3 - 5 minutes, whisking or stirring often, until thick
- Use this teriyaki sauce for marinades or any stir fry recipe!
To make this teriyaki sauce gluten free
To make this gluten free, use a gluten free soy sauce or tamari
Can I substitute pineapple juice?
Yes, you can substitute pineapple juice for the orange juice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 775mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g