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Teriyaki Sauce

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 in a jar

Teriyaki sauce is such a delicious simple recipe to make at home.

This sauce is great for marinades or any of your favorite homemade stir fry recipes like Teriyaki Vegetables, Teriyaki Noodles, Teriyaki Cauliflower, and Teriyaki Tofu.

It’s perfect for making tasty takeout style recipes at home just like our stir fry sauce, and orange sauce recipes.

Making your own teriyaki sauce is quick, easy, and so flavorful!

teriyaki sauce being poured onto ramen noodles

What is teriyaki sauce made of?

Make teriyaki sauce with a combination of soy sauce, water, sugar, and ginger.

teriyaki sauce ingredients lined up together

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.

I do not recommend using garlic powder or powdered ginger because the flavor is not the same.

wooden spoon dripping teriyaki sauce

The fresh ingredients are what really give it the great flavor!

This sauce is far better than anything you can buy in the store.

5 glass bowls filled with orange juice, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and soy sauce

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.

collage image showing how to make teriyaki sauce

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.

teriyaki sauce in a mason jar

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.

up close image of homemade teriyaki sauce

Once the teriyaki sauce is finished, use it as marinade or pour it on your favorite stir fry recipe.

Recipe Substitutions

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!

teriyaki sauce in a jar

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.

grabbing a serving of teriyaki noodles

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!

teriyaki tofu over white rice in a bowl

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!

teriyaki sauce from an overhead view

More Stir Fry Recipes

up close teriyaki cauliflower bite topped with white sesame seeds and sliced green onions

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Yield: 6 servings

Teriyaki Sauce

teriyaki sauce in a jar

This sticky and sweet homemade teriyaki sauce is easy to make. The perfect sauce for marinades and stir fry recipes!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger

For the corn starch slurry

  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  1. Add soy sauce, orange juice, 1/4 cup water, brown sugar, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and minced ginger to a sauce pan
  2. Heat over medium for around 5 minutes, until brown sugar dissolves
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the corn starch slurry
  4. Add the slurry to the sauce, and continue to cook an additional 3 - 5 minutes, whisking or stirring often, until thick
  5. 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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 775mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

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Saturday 22nd of January 2022

Can this be made in advance and stored?


Sunday 16th of January 2022

Is it possible to can this recipe?

Joy Shull

Saturday 22nd of January 2022

I do not have experience in canning so unfortunately I'm not able to answer that.

Donna Rioux

Monday 3rd of January 2022

So yummy and easy, Tossed my chicken wings with this sauce. Finger licking good. Sliced some Kielbasa and simmered in the leftover sauce. Yummy!!


Monday 18th of October 2021

This looks very achievable and delish! Can I sub soy sauce for liquid aminos?

Joy Shull

Saturday 6th of November 2021

I haven't tried it but I think that would work just fine!


Wednesday 6th of October 2021

This Teriyaki sauce is my favorite! It's really delicious and flavorful. Glad I got to get an authentic rice vinegar in Karman Foods.

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