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3 Ingredient Teriyaki Sauce – Ready in 10 Minutes!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe, this is it. This teriyaki sauce will have your mouth watering in no time!

The “easy teriyaki sauce” is a recipe that only has three ingredients and takes 10 minutes to make. The recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

Published on October 27, 2021 and updated on October 27, 2021 by Jamie. It’s possible that some of the links in this article are affiliate links. Leave a Reply

3 ingredient teriyaki sauce being poured over teriyaki chicken.

3 ingredient teriyaki sauce with text overlay.

3 ingredient teriyaki sauce with text overlay.

3 ingredient teriyaki sauce with text overlay.

Homemade teriyaki sauce dripping off spoon with text overlay.

Homemade teriyaki sauce poured over chicken teriyaki with text overlay.

Homemade teriyaki sauce poured off a spoon with text overlay.

Homemade teriyaki sauce with text overlay.

This quick teriyaki sauce is created with just three ingredients and takes only 10 minutes to prepare! Use this easy Japanese teriyaki sauce as a marinade, dip, or glaze with any protein and vegetable in stir fry.

Thick homemade teriyaki sauce pouring off a spoon into a glass jar.

This homemade teriyaki sauce is simple to make, genuine, and only requires three ingredients! It’s based on my mother’s real Japanese teriyaki sauce recipe.

Traditional Japanese teriyaki sauce is created without cornstarch and thickened by cooking the sauce until it becomes sticky and syrupy, akin to honey or maple syrup.

Teriyaki sauce poured on top of chicken teriyaki with rice.

This quick and simple teriyaki sauce goes well with salmon, steak, chicken, tofu, pig, or shrimp. My favorite way to serve this is with chicken teriyaki and a glaze made from the sauce.

Homemade teriyaki sauce dripping off a spoon into a jar.

You’ll never want to purchase teriyaki sauce again after trying this simple, uncomplicated recipe for homemade teriyaki sauce! It’s thick and syrupy, and it tastes just like something you’d have in a Japanese restaurant!

Ingredients

Ingredients for teriyaki sauce including soy sauce, mirin, and sugar.

  • Soy sauce – I used low sodium soy sauce in this dish since normal soy sauce is too salty for me.
  • This recipe’s true Japanese taste comes from the mirin. Mirin gives this sauce a slight sweetness and acidity.
  • Sugar – I like white granulated sugar because of its pure taste, but you may also use brown sugar or honey.

What is teriyaki sauce and how do you create it?

  1. In a sauce pan, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook until the sauce has thickened to your taste.
  2. Drop a tiny quantity of sauce onto a dish and let it cool to verify the thickness. To test the consistency, run your finger or a spoon through it.
  3. If it’s too thin, cook it for a little longer. If it’s too thick, add a teaspoon of water at a time until it’s the right consistency.
  4. Allow to cool before storing in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Homemade Japanese teriyaki sauce dripping off a spoon.

What is the best way to utilize teriyaki sauce?

  • Stir fries: Once the protein and veggies are cooked, add the sauce towards the end.
  • Apply the glaze towards the end and keep an eye on it since the sugar may quickly burn.
  • Dumplings, chicken tenders, wings, lettuce wraps, egg rolls, and other foods go well with this dip.
  • Teriyaki chicken, beef, or shrimp – Add the sauce in the final 2 minutes of cooking since it has thickened already.
  • Marinade – Perfect for any protein marinating! Brush on grilled or baked meats.

Recipe Suggestions

  • Once the sauce has reached a boil, reduce the heat. This keeps the sauce from boiling over, which may happen if the heat is turned up too high.
  • The sauce thickened in around 6 to 8 minutes for me. Because of the high sugar content, it may burn fast, so keep an eye on it.

What can I substitute with mirin?

Because mirin is somewhat sweet, you may replace sake or white wine with a teaspoon of additional sugar.

What can I substitute for sugar?

Brown sugar, honey, or agave nectar may be used instead.

Is there any other way to make the sauce thicker?

Cornstarch may be used to thicken the sauce, however it is not typical. Combine 2 teaspoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water in a mixing bowl. Once the sugar has completely dissolved and the teriyaki sauce has reached a boil, add this combination. Stir constantly until the sauce thickens.

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Teriyaki sauce dripping off a spoon into a jar.

Teriyaki Sauce with 3 Ingredients – Ready in 10 Minutes

This quick and simple homemade teriyaki sauce is created with just three ingredients and takes only ten minutes to prepare! Use this rich Japanese teriyaki sauce as a marinade or glaze for any protein or vegetable.

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Time to cook: 8 minutes

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Instructions 

Teriyaki sauce may be used in a variety of ways.

  • Stir fries: Once the protein and veggies are cooked, add the sauce towards the end.

  • Apply the glaze towards the end and keep an eye on it since the sugar may quickly burn.

  • Dumplings, chicken tenders, wings, lettuce wraps, egg rolls, and other foods go well with this dip.

Notes on the Recipe

  1. This yields approximately a third of a cup of sauce.
  2. Refrigerate for up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container.

Substitutions: 

  • Because mirin is somewhat sweet, substitute sake or white wine with 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  • To make a gluten-free version, use tamari or liquid aminos instead of soy sauce. 
  • Honey, brown sugar, or agave nectar may be used in place of sugar.

Variations: For extra taste, feel free to add any of the following ingredients, but they are not traditional:

  • 1 teaspoon ginger or garlic, shredded
  • sesame oil, 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar (for extra acidity and tang)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes for teriyaki sauce with a kick

 

Nutrition

Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg | Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g

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*Nutritional data is an approximation based on internet calculators.

This is a simple teriyaki sauce that can be made in 10 minutes. It uses 3 ingredients and takes only 10 minutes to make. Reference: kikkoman teriyaki sauce recipe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I substitute for teriyaki sauce?

A: Soy sauce, mirin, rice vinegar.

How long does it take for teriyaki sauce to thicken?

A: It takes about one to four hours for the sauce to thicken.

How do I make store bought teriyaki sauce better?

A: To make teriyaki sauce, you should add soy sauce to soybean oil and heat it until the mixture starts to bubble. Once bubbling has subsided, pour in sugar and corn syrup while stirring constantly over medium-high heat. Finally, stir in garlic powder and ginger before simmering for 10 minutes or until thickened.

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