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Teriyaki Sauce

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce

Using just four simple ingredients, you can learn how to make Teriyaki sauce in LESS than 15 minutes! Homemade Teriyaki sauce is easy to make and delicious.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Japan, Japanese, sauce, teriyaki
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup Sake
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  • 1/4 cup yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 2 inches ginger fresh peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium garlic cloves peeled and crushed


  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and granulated sugar. Add the onion, ginger, and garlic if using.
  • Place the saucepan over high heat to bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, whisking occasionally, for 8 minutes. The sugar should be completely dissolved. If desired, continue to cook for a few more minutes to reduce the sauce and thicken slightly.
  • If you added the onion, ginger, and garlic, strain the mixture and discard the solids.
  • If not using right away, allow the teriyaki sauce to cool to room temperature, then store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.