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Best Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

You can make this sauce in about 5 minutes with a few ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard. Teriyaki is awesome as a marinade or a glaze for chicken breasts, steak bites, chicken wings, veggies, and pork chops. Of course it's great as a stirfry sauce too! Check out the NOTES for gluten free and lower sodium options

Course Sauce
Cuisine Asian
Keyword gluten free, low carb, low sodium, stirfry
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 65 kcal
Author Madalaine


  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger ground or fresh
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds toasted (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons green onions diced (optional)


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger, and toasted sesame oil.

  2. Mix together the cold water and cornstarch to create a slurry.

  3. When the soy sauce mixture comes to a boil, whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Continue to whisk vigorously until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute.

  4. Turn off the heat and stir in sesame seed and/or green onions.

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Recipe Notes

Gluten-Free option: Use Tamari instead of soy sauce.  

Lower Sodium option: Dilute the soy sauce by using 1/2 cup soy sauce (or tamari) and 1/2 cup water.

Nutrition Facts
Best Teriyaki Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 768mg33%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.