Basic Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki is a Japanese technique for cooking foods. It is a sauce that meat is marinated in for a period of time. Then the meat is cooked, usually grilled, broiled or fried. The marinade is typically made of soy sauce with  a rice wine, like sake or mirin, a honey or sugar and some other ingredients like ginger and garlic.

Usually the sauce is reduced down so that it thickens. In today’s kitchens cornstarch is often used as a thickening agent. This is a simple recipe and is excellent in a stir fry or as a sauce for any grilled meat or seafood.

Teriyaki Sauce - Easy recipe

A simple recipe for classic Japanese teriyaki sauce. Great with a stir fry, as a marinade for meat or as a glaze for salmon or grilled chicken or shrimp.
Course Marinade
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or broth
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup rice wine
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger , minced
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp dried chilies (optional)
  • 2 star anise (optional)


  • Bring all the ingredients, except the 1 tbsp of water and cornstarch, to a boil. Allow the sauce to cook at a low rolling boil for 20 minutes. The sauce should reduce down.
  • Strain the sauce, removing, ginger, garlic, etc.
  • Bring the sauce back to a boil. In a small bowl or cup mix the 1 tbsp of water and cornstarch until it is a smooth paste. Pour it into the sauce slowly mixing it in well.
  • Continue to cook for another couple minutes. The sauce should thicken.
  • Remove from heat.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Oh wow great tip. I love this. people are always so quick to run to buy marinades and seasonings..

    How good are you with herbs and spices. can you do a blog about the mixing of them.

    instead of spending 5 dollars on a bottle of “blackened spice” how about mixing this this and that.

    I just recently made a big thing of pumpkin spice from reading another blog but I am not so sure how to make my other favorite seasonings.

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