Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

This easy teriyaki sauce is a staple in the kinda easy kitchen.  Use it as a marinade for meat, seafood, or chicken.  Most of the time, I use this for a vegetable stir fry.  It never disappoints and makes it a lot easier to cook knowing you can whip up a quick batch instead of running to the grocery store to finish cooking. 

How To Make Teriyaki Sauce

For a homemade teriyaki sauce you need 3 basic ingredients.  

Usually, the base for teriyaki is soy sauce, brown sugar, and water.  You can stick with these three ingredients and add minced garlic and spaces for flavor.  

Cooking with teriyaki (or any) sauce upgrades your meal.  Even the pickiest eaters like foods with a savory sauce drizzled over.  

Roast a batch of vegetables with this sauce for a tasty meal and an easy clean up!  All you have to do is toss the parchment paper to clean your baking sheet and avoid sticky mess.  

Soy Free Teriyaki Sauce

Although you can use soy sauce, this version is made with coconut aminos.  Soy is just not that great, and cooking without it helps make meals easier to digest and healthier. 

You can always use an organic and gluten free soy sauce (tamari) if you have it at home or can’t find coconut aminos.  Obviously, for somebody eating soy free or who has a soy allergy it’s a no brainer to avoid.  However, we already get enough soy in practically every single packaged food so it’s best to avoid it when possible.  Not to mention, soy is one of the most destructive crops, usually genetically modified and very vulnerable for cross pollination with gmo soy.  

Healthy Teriyaki Sauce

This teriyaki sauce is healthy and kid friendly.  Since it is sweet and sticky it gets a thumbs up from everybody that considers healthy food as boring food!

Also, it’s a better option than the store bought version.  A packaged organic and gluten free teriyaki sauce  contains: 

  • tapioca starch 
  • organic caramel color
  • xanthan gum
  • cane sugar

Seriously, cane sugar is the second ingredient.  Of course, you’re adding a sweetener to your sauce at home too, but by making it yourself you’re able to see exactly how much you are using.  As a result, you’re more mindful of the quality of sweetener you’re using hence why I use coconut sugar, maple syrup and honey since we make it all the time!


Easy Teriyaki Sauce
An easy teriyaki sauce made with 3 ingredients. Use maple syrup, coconut aminos, and water to make a vegan teriyaki sauce you can use in just about every meal!
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  1. 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  2. 1/3 cup water
  3. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  4. (optional: dash of garlic powder and black pepper)
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients.
  2. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes until sauce thickens.
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Easy Teriyaki Sauce

Recipes this sauce is used in: 

Vegan Spiralized Pad Thai (Nut Free)

Chicken Teriyaki

Sticky Jalapeño Wings