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The Best Teriyaki Marinade Recipe

A savory blend of soy sauce, ginger, garlic and honey create a mouthwatering teriyaki marinade that infuses meats and veggies with irresistible flavor. This is the best teriyaki marinade recipe for all of your backyard grilling and cooking.

Teriyaki Marinade Recipe

Learning how to make your own Asian-style dishes at home is a great way to save money on takeout. I am here to help you do just that.

Today, I am sharing an easy homemade teriyaki sauce recipe with you. Unlike store-bought teriyaki sauce, this homemade version only contains a handful of ingredients and they are all pantry staples.

It also only takes a few minutes to throw together, which is a huge bonus, in my opinion.

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Teriyaki Marinade 
Recipe

We love Asian food around here, but eating out can get pretty pricey if we do it too often. That is why I like to make my own versions as often as possible.

Teriyaki Marinade Recipe

I like to make my own homemade simple sauces as much as possible, like this amazing BBQ sauce. Making them at home means I get full control over the ingredients.

Teriyaki Marinade Recipe

There is nothing in the sauces that I can’t pronounce. It can also be a major money saver. That is a win for me and a win for my family. Give it a try!

Teriyaki Marinade Recipe

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Teriyaki Marinade Ingredients

Teriyaki Marinade Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic or 1 tsp ground 
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
Teriyaki Sauce Process

Directions:

1. In a small saucepan, mix the water, soy sauce, and brown sugar until well combined.

Teriyaki Sauce Process

2. Add the ginger, honey or maple syrup, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, until the sauce comes to a boil, then lower the temperature to medium.

Teriyaki Sauce Process

3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water so that there are no clumps.

4. Add this to the sauce mixture and whisk together.

Teriyaki Sauce Process

5. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken.

6. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

7. Pour into a mason jar or airtight container for later use.

Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

To Use:

  • Pour over chicken or your choice of meat.
  • Cover or seal and place in the fridge to marinate for at least two hours.
  • When ready to cook, drain marinade from the raw meat and cook as desired.
  • Serve over white rice and top with sesame seeds and green onions.
Chicken thighs marinade process

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can use regular soy sauce or low-sodium soy sauce interchangeably in this recipe.
  • To add some acidity to the sauce, try including a little bit of pineapple juice, rice vinegar, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar with the rest of the marinade ingredients.
  • I love using this homemade teriyaki marinade with boneless chicken breasts, but any of your favorite meats will work. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs, pork tenderloin, pork chops, chicken wings, and steak are all great options.
  • This easy marinade also makes a great dipping sauce or stir fry sauce!
Teriyaki Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

The next time you are at the grocery store, leave all that bottled teriyaki sauce on the shelf, pick up some extra soy sauce, and whip up this easy recipe instead.

Teriyaki Marinade 
Recipe

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Teriyaki Marinade Recipe

Teriyaki Marinade Recipe

A savory blend of soy sauce, ginger, garlic and honey create a mouthwatering teriyaki marinade that infuses meats and veggies with irresistible flavor.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 1 cup
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger or 1 tsp ground
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic or 1 tsp ground
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • 1. In a small saucepan, mix the water, soy sauce, and brown sugar until well combined.
  • 2. Add the ginger, honey or maple syrup, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, until the sauce comes to a boil, then lower the temperature to medium.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water so that there are no clumps.
  • 4. Add this to the sauce mixture and whisk together.
  • 5. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • 6. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • 7. Pour into a mason jar or airtight container for later use.
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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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