Homemade teriyaki sauce in a sauceboat.
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5 from 6 votes

Teriyaki Sauce

Learn how to prepare this flavorful and easy homemade teriyaki sauce made with pantry staples.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: teriyaki sauce
Servings: 4 servings (see notes)
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger, or 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil


  • Place the cornstarch in a small saucepan and whisk in 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce to create a slurry.
  • Whisk in the remaining soy sauce, mirin, garlic, ginger, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Turn the heat up to medium. Continue whisking frequently until the sauce thickens, approximately 5 minutes. Whisk in the sesame oil and remove from the heat.


This marinade can easily be doubled or more, though it may slightly increase the time required to reduce the sauce. For reference, this recipe yields currently enough sauce for approximately 4 salmon filets or chicken breasts. 


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1689mg | Potassium: 79mg | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.8mg