Simple Teriyaki Sauce Recipe


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (sweet rice wine โ€“ if unavailable, see substitutions below)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Substitution for Mirin:

If mirin is not available, you can substitute with a combination of:

  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry and 1 teaspoon sugar OR
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar and 1 teaspoon sugar


  • Combine Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, whisk together soy sauce, water, brown sugar, honey, mirin (or substitute), garlic, and ginger.
  • Simmer: Bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Thicken: In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Gradually add the cornstarch mixture to the simmering sauce, whisking constantly until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
  • Cool and Store: Remove the sauce from heat and allow it to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • For a spicier sauce, add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Freshly grated ginger will give a more intense flavor.
  • Double the recipe if you want to make a larger batch.
  • The sauce will thicken further as it cools.

Uses for Simple Teriyaki Sauce:

  • Marinade for chicken, beef, fish, or tofu
  • Glaze for grilled meats or vegetables
  • Stir-fry sauce
  • Dipping sauce

Enjoy your homemade Teriyaki sauce!


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