Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

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Author Notes: I found that combining soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar yielded a sauce with the essential flavors of teriyaki but that lacked its typical luster and thickness. After I added just a touch of cornstarch for thickness, however, it was perfect. Now, I never buy teriyaki sauce. I like it with chicken and noodles, or as a dipping sauce. It's fantastic when barbecuing -- just make sure to brush it on when your meat is almost done so it doesn't char too much.

Note: If you can't find mirin, you can leave it out and add extra sugar to compensate but I find that it adds an extra layer of depth and extra shininess to the sauce.
stephanie le

Makes 3/4 cup

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar in a saucepan and bring everything to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and the water. Whisk this slurry into the sauce. Turn the heat to medium and reduce the sauce until slightly thick. Taste and adjust with soy sauce and sugar if needed.

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12 months ago Kym Endersby

This has become one of our all time family favourites!!

In Australia we are lucky enough to have cooking sake and mrin ine of our leading supermarkets!

Thanks for this recipe!


about 1 year ago David Smith II

Why isn't there ginger and garlic like in Japanese teriyaki?


about 1 year ago JohnL

I have a recipe for a teriyaki glaze that I have used with great success. It is great for putting your teriyaki over the top with an added punch of flavor. I'll post it for you. It has ginger and garlic.


about 1 year ago SFmom

What can we substitute for sake?


about 1 year ago Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Karen, I usually use white wine or mirin. I found a drinking quality rice wine at my local H Mart that I am going to use for this.


about 1 year ago stephanie le

Yes, exactly what Susan said - white wine is a good substitute! I haven't tried with rice wine, but I expect that would work as well.


about 1 year ago SFmom

Thank you for the substitution ideas!


about 1 year ago Can I have a bite?

Thanks for posting this. I tried it last night on grilled chicken thighs and it was really good. I'm always looking for quick sauces I can make with pantry ingrediants and this one was super quick. Done in 3 minutes.

The sake I had on hand was a little sweet, so I did add an extra splash of soy. Next time I may just use a dry white wine.