Mom’s Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

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My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect homemade teriyaki marinade & sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers!

My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect teriyaki sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers! #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #teriyaki #teriyakisauce #teriyakimarinade #teriyakichicken #teriyakibeef

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My family’s easy homemade teriyaki sauce recipe

My mom’s teriyaki sauce is one of my most treasured family recipes. I’m so excited to share it with you right in time for grilling season!

Out of all the recipes I’ll be sharing throughout the entire PWWB Let’s Grill, Girls! series, my mom’s teriyaki sauce is the one that’s by far nearest & dearest to my heart. Every summer my family headed to lake superior for our annual family trip: sailing the apostle islands.

Since the boat we chartered had a teeny tiny kitchen, my mom always prepped a few amazing meals we could make easily throughout the week on the sailboat’s grill. Her teriyaki was always the highlight of our trip. In fact, this teriyaki sauce recipe is likely the very recipe that ignited my love affair for all things grilled.

And I hope you’ll love it as much as I do! ♡ Read on to learn more about this homemade Teriyaki sauce & how to use or jump straight to the recipe & get grilling!

Teriyaki sauce ingredients

Mom’s teriyaki sauce is super easy to whip up, partly because all of the ingredients you need to make it are staple ingredients you probably already have on hand:

  • soy sauce
  • brown sugar
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • green onions
  • & a splash of water

So simple, right?

My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect teriyaki sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers! #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #teriyaki #teriyakisauce #teriyakimarinade #teriyakichicken #teriyakibeef

Mom’s recipe is perfectly balanced, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create that addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. A staple homemade marinade for grilling season, for sure!

How to make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce:

The beauty of this teriyaki sauce recipe is that it can be used as a marinade or a thicker sauce for glazing & dipping.

My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect teriyaki sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers! #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #teriyaki #teriyakisauce #teriyakimarinade #teriyakichicken #teriyakibeef

To make a teriyaki marinade, follow the directions in the recipe card as written: simply combine the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, & green onions in a large bowl or jar, whisking until the brown sugar dissolves. the sauce will be very liquidy, perfect for marinating.

If you’d prefer to use this teriyaki sauce as a glaze, all you have to do is thicken it up some. Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan, bring it to a boil, & let it simmer until it reduces to your desired consistency. I like it best when it has reduced by half – it’s not too runny, but not too thick either.

If you want your teriyaki sauce to be thicker yet (perhaps to use as a dipping sauce), reduce it over on the stovetop (as described above), & finish it off by whisking in 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch. The cornstarch will help it tighten up into a beautiful, thick & glossy consistency.

How to use Teriyaki Sauce:

My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect teriyaki sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers! #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #teriyaki #teriyakisauce #teriyakimarinade #teriyakichicken #teriyakibeef

We keep things pretty traditional when we’re grilling with mom’s teriyaki sauce, just because you really can’t beat a perfectly salty-sweet bite of teriyaki chicken or beef. A few of our go-to’s when it comes to teriyaki include:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Grilled steaks
  • Grilled pork chops
  • Grilled kebabs
  • Brushed over Grilled teriyaki burgers!

My personal favorite way to put this teriyaki sauce recipe to use is to use it to marinate some really nicely marbled ribeye steaks. Grill them over medium-high heat until crusty & charred & serve alongside some grilled asparagus & white rice – addictively good!

My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect teriyaki sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers! #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #teriyaki #teriyakisauce #teriyakimarinade #teriyakichicken #teriyakibeef

Homemade teriyaki sauce tips & tricks:

  • Keep it rustic. There’s no need to perfectly slice, chop or mince anything when you’re using it in a marinade since all you’re looking to do is draw out its flavors. Instead of mincing garlic, I like to leave the cloves whole, smashing them just a bit to help pull out its flavors. Similarly, there’s no need to peel & mince the ginger – just slice it into thin pieces & throw it right into your marinade!
  • Don’t let the juices go to waste! whenever you grill meat, you’ll want to let it rest a few minutes before serving to keep it nice & juicy. Do not let the juices & drippings that collect at the bottom of the plate go to waste – they’re teriyaki gold! We reserve them & spoon them over a bed of rice in our family…it may or may not be the part we all fight for!

I can’t wait for you to try my Mom’s Homemade Teriyaki Sauce recipe. There are so many ways you can use it and it means so much to be sharing it with you. I can’t wait for you to share it with your own friends & family!

If you do give it a try, be sure to let me know!: Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your PWWB creations! Happy cooking! ♡

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My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect teriyaki sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers! #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #teriyaki #teriyakisauce #teriyakimarinade #teriyakichicken #teriyakibeef

Mom’s Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

  • Author: Jess Larson | Plays Well With Butter
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Condiments
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Description

My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect teriyaki sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds meat or veggies of choice
  • ¾ cup soy sauce (tamari for gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced

Instructions

  1. Mix the teriyaki sauce: Add the soy sauce, water, & brown sugar to a bowl or jar. Whisk or shake to combine. Add the garlic, green onion, & ginger and stir to combine.
  2. Marinate: Pour the teriyaki sauce over your meat or veggies of choice. Marinate for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Grill as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Marinade vs sauce vs glaze: As written, this recipe will yield a very liquidy teriyaki sauce, perfect for marinating. If you’d prefer to use your teriyaki sauce as a glaze or for dipping, all you have to do is thicken it up some. Combine the ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisking occasionally, bring it to a boil, & let it simmer until it reduces to your desired consistency. If you want your teriyaki sauce to be thicker yet (perhaps to use as a dipping sauce), finish it off by whisking in 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch. The cornstarch will help it tighten up into a beautiful, thick & glossy consistency.
  • Keep it rustic. there’s no need to perfectly slice, chop or mince anything when you’re using it in a marinade since all you’re looking to do is draw out its flavors. instead of mincing garlic, i like to leave the cloves whole, smashing them just a bit to help pull out its flavors. similarly, there’s no need to peel & mince the ginger – just slice it into thin pieces & throw it right into your marinade!
  • Don’t let the juices go to waste! whenever you grill meat, you’ll want to let it rest a few minutes before serving to keep it nice & juicy. do not let the juices & drippings that collect at the bottom of the plate go to waste – they’re teriyaki gold! we reserve them & spoon them over a bed of rice in our family…it may or may not be the part we all fight for!

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If you do give it a try, be sure to let me know!: Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your PWWB creations! Happy cooking! ♡

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My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect teriyaki sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers! #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #teriyaki #teriyakisauce #teriyakimarinade #teriyakichicken #teriyakibeef

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My mom’s teriyaki recipe is the perfectly balanced teriyaki sauce, with just the right amount of umami from soy sauce, ginger, & garlic, & a beautiful sweetness from brown sugar, which helps create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling. The perfect teriyaki sauce recipe to make teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, or teriyaki burgers! #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #teriyaki #teriyakisauce #teriyakimarinade #teriyakichicken #teriyakibeef

Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 6.29.20
    Marit said:

    Love this recipe! Used it for chicken and pork, and used the leftover sauce to mix in cooked rice – it is delicious!

    • 6.30.20

      Yesss, drizzling the leftover sauce over rice is THE best part. So glad you enjoyed, Marit! xx

  2. 5.14.19
    Alisha said:

    Used this with steak. It was so flavorful and delicious. Had it with Brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes. Such a simple dinner, but the marinade made it perfect!