How to Make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce – never buy it from the store again!
Alright guys, have you made homemade teriyaki sauce before? Well, you are about to start. It is ridiculously easy, tastes amazing and will make you wonder why you ever bought it from a store before. It is a great sauce to make on a weekend and work into the rest of your week to up your weeknight-dinner-game. I make a double or triple batch of it and then use it in various recipes throughout the week. It can be used as a marinade or a simple sauce and it is a must-have for your culinary repertoire!
So, I have put together a couple different recipes that I will be sharing over this next week showcasing some of the fun ways you can use your homemade teriyaki sauce! I am super excited to share them with you and, hopefully, they will give you guys some inspiration for your weekly meals (which I know can be difficult to pull together) – hello, who has time to make braised beef short rib chili on a Wednesday night – not this Momma. During the week, to some people’s surprise, I am all about the quick and easy. All I want to do is get something healthy on the table (that also tastes good) so we can eat and then actually just hang out before the bedtime routine starts. Making sauces up beforehand and doing other meal-prep for the week ahead is one way I am able to make homemade meals (sometimes) during the week. Other times….. yeah….. grilled cheese and tomato soup anyone? Breakfast for dinner – done and done. But for those weeknights when you feel like making something other than quesadilla’s (which are a weeknight staple in our house), I’ve got you covered.
I hope you all had an awesome weekend! If you were following me on Instagram, you saw that I got to go a 5-course tasting menu on Saturday night and we tried some fun new food combos like Seared Ceviche Scallops + Grapefruit and Minnesota Elk + Chipotle Sauce with Potato and Carmalized Fennel Gratin – amazing and inspiring! And today the hubs pulled out the smoker and we made smoked pork shoulder and then made pulled pork sandwiches – deeelish. Anyway – I hope everyone has a good start to their weeks!
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- 1 cup of water
- 1 Teaspoon sesame oil
- 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 Teaspoon honey
- 2 Teaspoons (or two garlic cloves) finely diced
- ½-1 Teaspoon fresh ginger - finely diced (ground ginger is fine as well - about 1 Teaspoon)
- 2 Tablespoon cornstarch
- ¼ cup cold water
- In medium saucepan, combine water, sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger.
- Combine slurry.
- Bring ingredients in saucepan to a slight simmer.
- Add slurry to saucepan.
- Stirring slowly but continuously while bringing sauce to a simmer.
- After a few minutes, sauce will start to thicken.
- Remove when it reaches your desired thickness - remember it will thicken more as it cools slightly.
- Use immediately or refrigerate for later use.
- *Note: if you want a stronger-tasting sauce simply add an additional tablespoon of brown sugar or another tablespoon of soy sauce. You do want a fairly strong sauce, as it will mellow out once it is on your main dish.