Japanese style teriyaki sauce, similar to that which is often enjoyed at restaurants, can easily be made at home with just a few simple pantry ingredients in only 10 to 15 minutes.
Teriyaki sauce is made using a combination of soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. While the sauce can be made with just soy sauce and sugar, the addition of mirin (a sweet cooking sake) adds a beautiful luster to the teriyaki sauce.
When making teriyaki sauce, the general rule for ingredients is a ratio of 1:1. For example, this recipe uses one (1) equal part of soy sauce (1/2 cup), to one (1) equal part of mirin (1/2 cup). Then, granulated white sugar is added to taste.
Another simple teriyaki sauce recipe is a ratio of 1:1 equal parts of soy sauce and granulated white sugar. This recipe works great if you do not have mirin in your pantry, or the ingredient is not easily accessible to you.
If you like, aromatic ingredients ginger or garlic, or both, may be added into the teriyaki sauce. These aromatics are optional, but try one or both to make the teriyaki sauce suited just to your preference. The garlic and ginger may be sliced in big pieces for a mild flavor, or chopped into smaller pieces to impart bold flavors. If you decide to add these optional aromatic ingredients, be sure to strain your teriyaki sauce after it is made.
Note Regarding Texture:
Traditional Japanese teriyaki sauce is thin in texture, and contradicts the popular image of bottled teriyaki sauce which tends to be very thick and sticky. Westernized recipes for teriyaki sauce may include the addition of a slurry of corn starch and water (1:1 ratio) to thicken the sauce, but the addition of a corn starch slurry is entirely up to your preference.
Article Edited by Judy Ung
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup mirin
- 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar, to taste
- Fresh ginger, optional
- Fresh garlic, optional
- In a small sauce pan, combine soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Add more sugar if desired to suit your taste.
- Note, if you are using fresh ginger or garlic, be sure to slice or chop the ginger and garlic and cook these along with the sauce ingredients in Step 1 above.
- Heat over medium high flame while stirring the mixture well.
- Lower heat to medium and bring the sauce to a boil, then turn down the heat to low. Simmer the sauce for a few minutes until the sauce reduces slightly.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow the teriyaki sauce to cool.
- Note, if you added ginger or garlic to the sauce, strain the sauce to remove the ginger and garlic pieces, then use the sauce.