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The Best Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

This is the best teriyaki sauce recipe, full of umami flavour and so easy to make! Use it as a marinade, or cook down into glossy perfection. Try this homemade teriyaki sauce and you’ll never want to buy store-bought again.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 bottle
Calories 178kcal
Cost $5



  • In a small bowl, add the cooking sake, soy sauce, mirin, sugar and dashi stock. Mix until combined.
    2 tbsp cooking sake, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp mirin, 1 tbsp sugar, 1/2 cup dashi stock
  • Bottle and store in the fridge or use straight away with teriyaki chicken, teriyaki tofu, stir fries etc.



  • Makes 225 ml / 7.6 fl oz of teriyaki sauce.
  • Use with - teriyaki chicken, tsukune minced chicken skewers or yakitori chicken.
  • Storage Bottles - You could use old empty soy sauce or teriyaki sauce bottles to store your sauce in if you need. Just be sure to clean and sterilise them before use.
  • Make It Your Way - Don’t be afraid to tweak this recipe to make it exactly the way you like it. It’s so easy to adapt by adding more or less of each ingredient until you get it just right.
  • Ingredients:
    • Soy Sauce - For the best flavour and quality, use a Japanese soy sauce such as Kikkoman brand which has the perfect balance of flavour and salt. Chinese or Korean soy sauces may be too salty or bitter for this recipe, however Japanese tamari works great as a gluten-free option. If you only have dark soy sauce on hand you can still use it, you just may need to balance out the intensity with a little extra sugar. 
    • Cooking Sake - Sub with Chinese cooking wine, sherry or a blend of 50:50 vodka and water in a pinch, or just use water only and leave out the alcohol completely.
    • Mirin - Sub with 1 tsp of sugar. 
    • Sugar - We use regular white sugar but any sugar will do. You can substitute with honey if you prefer a natural sweetener.
    • Dashi Stock - You can substitute for vegetable stock or chicken stock but this will alter the flavour.
  • Variations:
    • Add Garlic and/or Ginger - The savoury and citrusy flavours add a delicious element to the sauce. 
    • Add Spice - Try it with a sprinkling of shichimi togarashi, cayenne pepper or chilli powder to taste, for heat and depth of flavour. 
    • Add Sesame Oil - Not traditional, but sesame oil is often paired with the main ingredients of teriyaki sauce in other recipes, so why not experiment?


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2660mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg