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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

This homemade teriyaki sauce has the perfect blend of sweet, salty, and savory flavors, and comes together in a flash!

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce on a spoon.

I love making my own dressings and sauces for meals and salads, that way I know exactly what ingredients go into it, and I can adjust the ingredients when necessary.

This homemade teriyaki sauce is the perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors, with low sodium soy sauce (to cut down on some of the salt content,) sweet dark brown sugar, mirin, seasoned rice wine vinegar, spicy fresh grated ginger, earthy garlic, cornstarch, and water. 

Did you know teriyaki comes from two Japanese words, “teri” meaning shine, and “yaki” meaning grilled? No wonder it’s a family favorite! I love it in my Teriyaki Salmon Bowls and my Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken.

Trust me, once you make this easy homemade teriyaki sauce, you’ll never go back to store-bought again!

Ingredients to make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce on a table.

Ingredients for homemade teriyaki sauce

  • Low sodium soy sauce – I’ve chosen low sodium so that I can control the amount of salt that goes into my teriyaki sauce.
  • Dark brown sugar – Dark brown sugar will add sweetness to the teriyaki sauce. 
  • Mirin – Mirin will add a tanginess to the sauce.
  • Seasoned rice wine vinegar – Seasoned rice wine vinegar will brighten the sauce. 
  • Grated ginger – Grated ginger will add sweetness and some spice.
  • Garlic – A classic ingredient that will add earthiness to the sauce.
  • Cornstarch and water – These will help thicken the sauce to the perfect consistency.
Teriyaki sauce cooking in a pot.

What is mirin?

Mirin is a rice wine that can be found in many Japanese recipes.

Its flavor is slightly sweet and slightly tangy, and 100% gives that classic teriyaki flavor we all know and love from our favorite restaurants.

You can easily find mirin in any local Asian market, or in the International foods aisle of most major grocery stores.

If you can’t find it, no worries!

You can replace it with dry sherry. It’s not a perfect match, but it will lend similar flavors to the dish.

Make ahead

You can easily make up a batch of this homemade teriyaki sauce for later use!

Make as directed, and store in a squeeze bottle in the refrigerator where it can last up to 2 weeks!

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce served in a jar.



You could replace the brown sugar with white sugar, honey, or a sugar substitute if you cannot have sugar.


You can turn up the heat by adding a little bit of red pepper flakes!

Everything nice:

If you don’t have fresh ginger or garlic, you can easily use powdered garlic and ginger!

Storage and leftovers

This recipe is perfect to make ahead!

It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce in a small glass jar.

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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This homemade teriyaki sauce has the perfect blend of sweet, salty, and savory flavors, and comes together in a flash!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 1-1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup mirin
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • In a medium-sized saucepot add dark brown sugar, soy sauce, mirin, garlic, ginger, and seasoned rice wine vinegar.
  • Place over medium heat, stir to combine and cook until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  • In a small bowl mix together cold water and cornstarch until smooth.
  • Pour the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and continue cooking until thickened, about 5 minutes.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 105g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 2321mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 97g
Course Sauces & Dressings
Cuisine Asian
Keyword homemade sauce, homemade teriyaka, how to make teriyaki sauce, sweet soy sauce, teriyaki, teriyaki sauce, teriyaki sauce homemade, 照り焼きのたれ
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I am a food lover and recipe developer bringing you delicious recipes that taste great and are easy to make! My food is inspired by travels around the world and my love of flavorful food. A list of things that make me happy: cats, Coke Zero, houseplants, and travel. Read more...

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