Wondering how to make homemade teriyaki sauce? It’s much easier than you think, and way healthier than the bottled kind. A great make ahead stir fry sauce!
Do you buy a lot of bottled sauces? I know I used to.
But you’re reading this post now, so you probably started turning those bottles around to read the labels – and ugh! You were shocked, just like I was.
Probably not even because you found the ingredients so gross, but because you didn’t even UNDERSTAND what the ingredients were supposed to be.
You felt so overwhelmed by all the gibberish that, in the end, you gave up and threw it into the cart anyways.
Grocery shopping with toddlers doesn’t really come with a gigantic amount of patience or liberal time to study labels.
At home you put it away, but you felt that nagging guilt for not properly doing your research. I mean, all you’re wanting to do is get the right nutrition into your kids for them to grow up well, right?!
So you pulled that bottle out after bedtime to research a little on the Internet… And now you’re here.
Because you and me, we don’t need high fructose corn syrup on our dinner, thanks but no thanks.
I know how hard it can be to find out about these kinds of things. Because once you know, you cannot un-know. You can choose to ignore, but you can’t forget.
When I started changing our diet more and more about a year ago, we already didn’t have many bottled sauces or dressings around.
But I didn’t feel like making my own either, because I thought it would be way too hard. So dinner was often a little boring or… Dry?
Now we do buy organic ketchup sweetened with apple juice and organic barbecue sauce, because really, I just love that stuff too much for my own good.
But now I’m starting to figure out how SIMPLE it is to make certain sauces at home, so I want to share my excitement with you. I mean, everyone knows you can make healthy peanut sauce at home, but teriyaki sauce?
This Asian inspired honey sweetened version comes together in no time and you can keep it in the fridge if you have extra.
If you’re wondering about substitutions, here are a few of my suggestions:
Make it dairy free
I do like using organic grass fed butter, but if you’re vegan or dairy free you can easily substitute coconut oil.
You can even leave it out, but it does give the sauce a silky smooth finish, some shine and a little richness.
Skip the sugar
I’m using raw sugar here. I use it sparingly in my kitchen, but sometimes my sweet tooth just wins.
If you want to nix it completely, you can add 1-2 tablespoons extra honey.
Omit the cornstarch
I have to be honest, I just use organic cornstarch for the occasional times I need to thicken something.
I do have a jar of arrowroot powder here though, so if you know how to use it – please enlighten me 🙂 I’m sure you could use it to thicken this sauce somehow?
Otherwise you can just simmer the sauce for longer, until it has thickened to your liking. It might take a while though.
Watch the How To Make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce recipe video here:
Here’s How To Make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce:
How To Make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Wondering how to make homemade teriyaki sauce? It's much easier than you think, and way healthier than the bottled kind. A great make ahead stir fry sauce!
- 1 cup water
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons raw sugar OR light brown
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon butter
Whisk together the water, soy sauce and cornstarch in a medium pot. Whisk in the honey, sugar and garlic. Add the butter and bring to a boil, simmer for 2 minutes.
Either use immediately or fill into a clean jar, cool down completely before closing and storing in the fridge, where it will keep for about a week.
Recipe NotesThe recipe makes about 6 1/4-cup-servings.
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