Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

No need to buy teriyaki sauce when you can make a homemade teriyaki sauce in your own kitchen! Bonus, this teriyaki marinade is healthy and gluten-free!

Need some inspiration for what to do with this sauce? Try our crockpot chicken teriyaki meal prep bowls, for starters! r

teriyaki sauce on chicken

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce

Whether you’re looking for a gluten free teriyaki sauce or just an easy teriyaki sauce to make in your own kitchen, we’ve got the recipe for you! Teriyaki sauce is such a yummy sweet and savory sauce to add to stir-fries, grilled chicken, and pretty much any vegetable. Today, we’re taking the classic teriyaki sauce and lightening it up a bit with real ingredients that are better-for-you, but that still give you the classic flavor.

Teriyaki Ingredients

Our recipe calls for 4 basic ingredients and a little bit of cornstarch to thicken things up, so let’s get started!

You’ll notice one outlier in this recipe compared to most is maple syrup. Most teriyaki sauce recipes call for brown sugar, however, we’ve found that maple syrup is equally delicious, if not better. Plus, it’s an all-natural sugar with an amazing caramel flavor.

Mix it all together!

Once you’ve got all of your ingredients, all you have to do is mix them together and you’ve got your sauce. Lucky for you, this recipe is also a teriyaki marinade recipe so you can kill 2 birds with one stone!

To thicken: if you’re hoping to thicken this sauce for a stir fry or any kind of serving sauce, all you have to do is heat it over medium/high heat and whisk in 2 teaspoons of cornstarch until it thickens.

pouring sauce into bag

Quick Q&A

What is teriyaki sauce made of? Traditionally teriyaki sauce is made from a base of soy sauce, garlic, and some kind of sweetener such as brown sugar. You can make teriyaki sauce healthier by swapping the soy sauce for tamari and using maple syrup instead of a refined sugar.

What is the difference between soy sauce and teriyaki sauce? Teriyaki sauce has soy sauce in it. Long story short, soy sauce is saltier and thinner and teriyaki sauce is thicker and a bit sweeter.

What is the best teriyaki sauce? We might be biased, but the best teriyaki sauce is homemade! Scroll down for our recipe!

Is teriyaki sauce unhealthy? Teriyaki sauce is higher in sodium and can be high in sugar. However, if you make your own teriyaki sauce at home, you can easily make it healthier by swapping in maple syrup for the brown sugar and tamari for the soy sauce.

Is teriyaki sauce the same as marinade? Yes! You can use teriyaki sauce interchangeable for a sauce and a marinade.

Serving Suggestions

teriyaki sauce

More Healthy Sauces

PS: Learn how to make our favorite Grilled Teriyaki Chicken and Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken that use this amazing homemade sauce.


Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

No need to buy teriyaki sauce when you can make a homemade teriyaki sauce in your own kitchen! Bonus, this teriyaki marinade is healthy and gluten-free!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 1/2 cup 1x
Category: Sauce
Method: No Bake
Cuisine: Asian


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free option)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • optional: 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • optional thickener: 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Place soy sauce, maple syrup, minced garlic, and ginger into a mason jar.
  2. Close the lid and shake until combined.
  3. Option to add heat if you like a little spice. We suggest adding sriracha by the teaspoon.
  4. To thicken: place sauce in a small saucepan and heat over medium/high heat. Once the sauce begins to bubble, add in 2 teaspoons of cornstarch and whisk until dissolved and the sauce has thickened.


  • Nutrition information does not include sriracha or cornstarch.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 56
  • Sugar: 10
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 2
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