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This easy homemade teriyaki sauce is made with simple ingredients and tastes so much better than store-bought! You’ll always want to have it on hand!

easy homemade teriyaki sauce

We’re back to Monday, just like that! How was the weekend? We had one more weekend at home which was lovely, since we’ll be jam-packing in a few camping trips over the next month. Bike rides, walks and backyard fires. And good food, of course.

If there is one thing I use a lot of around here, it’s teriyaki sauce! We love it! It’s one of our favorite ways to eat salmon, and its terrific as a stir-fry sauce or marinade.

If you haven’t made your own yet, you need to try this recipe! It’s easy to pick up a bottle, but homemade just tastes so much better, trust me.

easy homemade teriyaki sauce

How do you make homemade teriyaki sauce?

Once you see how easy this sauce is you will be making it again and again!

This recipe for teriyaki sauce is full of real ingredients, many of which you probably already have in your pantry:

  • soy sauce
  • honey
  • garlic cloves
  • fresh ginger
  • cornstarch
  • water

Many teriyaki sauces also include brown sugar, which totally adds to the flavor, but I like to try and keep our savory things refined sugar-free as much as possible for the kids. We should be saving that sugar for caramel-filled snickerdoodles).

I find adding the right amount of honey to this sauce makes things just sweet enough! If you want to try it with brown sugar, you can add a little less honey and a little more brown sugar. It’s delicious!

To make the sauce, whisk together all of the ingredients, except the cornstarch, in a small pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Once things start to bubble up, add the cornstarch slurry. The sauce will start bubbling even more and begin to thicken up.

When the teriyaki sauce hits the right thickness for your liking, remove it from heat. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you’d like, for a bit of heat!

Use the sauce immediately for your intended purpose, or bottle it and save it for later.

What can you use this easy homemade teriyaki sauce for?

This sauce is perfect for the following dishes:

You can also make a quick teriyaki chicken with rice dish, or add the teriyaki to a steak, shrimp or tofu stir fry!

How long does this teriyaki sauce last in the fridge?

I usually store my sauce in the fridge, in an airtight mason jar. It will last for up to 10 days! Once it cools down, the teriyaki sauce gets thick and clumpy, but all you have to do is give it a little stir and you can continue to use it as you’d like.

However you use this teriyaki sauce, you’re sure to love it!

easy homemade teriyaki sauce
easy homemade teriyaki sauce

Some of my other favorite sauces and dips from the blog:

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easy homemade teriyaki sauce

Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


This easy homemade teriyaki sauce is made with simple ingredients and tastes so much better than store-bought! You’ll always want to have it on hand!


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  •  2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, shredded
  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup water, divided
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • pinch of red pepper flakes


  1. In a small pot, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger and 1 cup of the water. Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat and allow the mixture to come to a light simmer.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup water with the cornstarch. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pot and whisk everything together again. The sauce will thicken up and bubble. Remove it from heat and use it immediately, or allow it to cool down and bottle it.

Store the cooled teriyaki sauce in the fridge, in an airtight jar or container, for up to 10 days.


The sauce will get thick and gel-like in the fridge, but just give it a stir and heat it up to have it be completely useable again! 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: sauces
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: japanese
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  1. Love how easy it is to make this teriyaki sauce! It would be so good on some chicken and steamed rice… mmm!

    1. That’s my favorite way to eat it!! A great little lunch! Thanks Michelle!

  2. Interesting! I thought teriyaki sauce requires a few tricky ingredients that you can only get from Asian grocery / market, so I’m a bit surprised all the ingredients are so simple! Now I’m craving it with some salmon and noodles 🙂

    1. So simple Ben!! Most recipes are very simple this, with just a different ratio of all of them. I can confirm it’s terrific with salmon!!

  3. This teriyaki sauce looks delicious, I love the healthy ingredients and look forward to trying this as a dipping sauce for chicken fingers, yum!!

    1. Thank you Catherine! That’s one of our favorite ways to enjoy it, either that or on top of salmon! Thank you!

  4. This is so much better than anything store bought! And so many delicious uses! YUM!!

  5. Love your version of teriyaki. Must try since my version includes cherry liqueur. Thank you so much !