Teriyaki Sauce

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce whips up in a flash for a tasty better-than-takeout meal at home! It’s perfect for saucing your favorite protein.

Use this sauce to cook up some Teriyaki Chicken, and serve it with our favorite Cream Cheese Wontons or Rangoons for the perfect weeknight dinner!

Teriyaki sauce coating chicken in a sauce pan.

What is Teriyaki sauce?

Teriyaki sauce is originally from Japan but made its way to America when Japanese immigrants moved to Hawaii. As a result, many teriyaki recipes often include pineapple.

This recipe is for a classic Homemade Teriyaki Sauce using soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and more. If you’re new to Asian cooking, you may not have these pantry staples. Once you do, you can use them to make many different savory Asian dishes.

We love takeout for dinner, and it’s FABULOUS when we can whip up our favorites at home whenever the craving strikes. Serve this up with some delicious vegetables and a side of white rice.

Teriyaki sauce in a mason jar ready for making chicken.

one step!!

This delicious homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe comes together in a flash!! There is only one step, that’s how simple it is.

COMBINE. Add cornstarch to water and whisk together until combined. Add soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger and garlic to a medium bowl and whisk until combined.

Make it a marinade

Teriyaki sauce is thicker than a marinade, but this recipe can easily be adjusted so you can marinate your favorite cuts of meat. To turn this sauce into marinade:

  • omit the cornstarch and the ½ cup of water
  • combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl
  • stir, add meat and let it marinate in the fridge
Homemade teriyaki sauce in a mason jar.

recipe tips

Salty sauce. If the sauce turns out too salty – add a bit of brown sugar, honey. The sweetness will counteract the salty flavor. Slowly add a little more water and cornstarch. You can also use low sodium soy sauce instead of regular to combat the salt flavor.

Oil substitute. The sesame oil can be substituted with peanut oil.

Vinegar. Rice wine vinegar can be substituted with apple cider vinegar.

Thicken the sauce. To thicken the sauce, make a corn starch slurry: add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to a separate small bowl and 1 teaspoon of cold water. Once it is smooth pour it into the sauce and simmer. 

Thin out the sauce. If your sauce is too thick, whisk in more water.

Gluten free. This sauce can be gluten free, just double check the labels on each of the separate ingredients.

Add some citrus. Add a citrus element with pineapple juice or orange juice.

Teriyaki sauce coating chicken in a white bowl served with rice and broccoli.

How to use teriyaki sauce

This Teriyaki Sauce is great to use in stir-fries or as a glaze when baking or grilling. Use it on beef, poultry, pork, on salmon and other fish. Use this Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe in any of the following Teriyaki Recipes:

storing info

STORE. Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

FREEZE. Store the sauce in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Cooking chicken in teriyaki sauce in a skillet.

Favorite Asian Recipes:

Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce whips up in a flash for a tasty better-than-takeout meal at home! It's perfect for saucing your favorite protein.
Course Dressing
Cuisine American, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 129 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon pineapple juice optional
  • cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup cold water


  • Combine water, soy sauce, honey, pineapple juice, brown sugar, garlic and ginger in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk cornstarch and water together to make a slurry and mix until cornstarch is dissolved. Add to the sauce.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until sauce thickens. If the sauce becomes too thick, add more water to thin it out.
  • To make with chicken, add sauce to the skillet with the cooked chicken and cook for about 5 minutes to thoroughly coat chicken. Serve with rice, noodles and/or steamed veggies.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is a hit! This teriyaki sauce is so easy to make and turned out to be flavorful. This is a must-try recipe, thanks Kristyn for this wonderful recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This sauce is amazing!! It’s creamy & delicious!! One of the best teriyaki sauces ever!! Couldn’t believe how easy it was to make!

  3. 5 stars
    I love this Teriyaki sauce. It’s so delicious and can be used to turn many recipes into yummy. Happy I found it on your site!

  4. 5 stars
    I usually just buy a sauce the grocery store for grilled chicken, but making homemade sauce is way better and easy.