Teriyaki sauce is such a worldwide popular Japanese sauce because it can make nearly anything taste super delicious and it can be used to flavour so many different dishes! It goes well with fish, beef, chicken, noodles, rice, and even burgers.
4 ingredients to make the best Teriyaki sauce
This delicious teriyaki sauce reflects the philosophy of simplicity of Japanese cuisine. It is way better than store bought bottles of Teriyaki sauce! And it requires only four ingredients: Soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar.
The Golden Ratio of mixing Teriyaki sauce
The Golden ratio of things is called “Ogonhi” in Japanese and there are many. Ogonhi of 4 ingredients of Teriyaki sauce is 2:2:2:1. 2 Soy sauce, 2 Sake, 2 Mirin and 1 Sugar. Does not matter what you use to measure. If I am making a small amount, I use a teaspoon with that ratio. When I am making a bigger batch, I use a ladle or a cup with the ratio.
How to make Teriyaki Sauce
It is super simple if you can get access to all ingredients. Sake and mirin might be hard to get for some people, but I see mirin at local supermarkets and sake for cooking can be bought online. Mix them and heat up to reduce to 70%. Done. You will never want to go back to bottled teriyaki sauce with preservatives and additives. I grew up with homemade teriyaki sauce and never bought a bottle because it is not what Japanese people buy, they make it at home.
How to store and how long does it last?
It will keep for a few weeks in a container or a jar like mason jar in the fridge. I use a Weck jar. I usually just make a small amount and use it all in one go. But if you want to save cooking time, I would make a batch and keep it in the fridge.
Teriyaki sauce is NOT just for “Teriyaki Chicken”
“Teriyaki” is a Japanese cooking technique. Teri means lustre or shine and yaki means fry or grill. The sauce is reduced and thickened in the cooking process and it gives the lustre or shine on the ingredients surface. And the teriyaki sauce is not just for Chicken! Teriyaki sauce is used for “Teriyaki salmon” “Buri teriyaki” “Teriyaki meat balls” “Teriyaki Rice Burger” and more.
Variations of teriyaki sauce
You can also change the consistency and the thickness of the sauce to make it suit different dishes so it’s really super versatile! I love ginger flavour so I usually add sliced ginger and crushed garlic to give basic teriyaki sauce a nice flavour.
It’s so easy to make so you never need to buy the bottled teriyaki sauce again! Bottled teriyaki sauce that you can buy in grocery stores is full of nasty preservatives and additives and it’s NOT Japanese! Luckily, this recipe is authentically Japanese and is what I grew up making at home in Japan. Unlike store-bought teriyaki sauce which have many unnecessary ingredients.
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Basic Teriyaki Sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp mirin
- 2 tbsp sake
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Put all the ingredients into a small sauce pan.
- Cook over medium-high heat and stir continuously until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 5 minutes to reduce to 70 % and thicken.
- Remove from heat and use on whatever dish or store in a jar/container and leave in the fridge.