This Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (or marinade) takes only a few minutes and five simple ingredients that can be kept on hand at all times. Perfect for last minute weeknight dinners! Budgetbytes.com
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Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce or Marinade

This Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (or marinade) takes only a few minutes and five simple ingredients that can be kept on hand at all times. Perfect for last minute weeknight dinners! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Keyword: Marinade, Quick, Sauce, Teriyaki, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 1 cup sauce (1/2 cup marinade)

Ingredients

To Make the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce $0.24
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar $0.12
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger $0.10
  • 1 Tbsp water

To Make the Sauce Also Add:

  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch $0.03
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  • To make the marinade, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, grated ginger, and water. Pour this mixture over your meat, tofu, or fish and marinate for 15-30 minutes, depending on the item.
  • To make the sauce, stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, minced garlic, grated ginger, water, AND add an additional 1/2 cup water and 1 Tbsp cornstarch. (Do not turn used marinade into a sauce. Rather, make separate batches to prevent cross contamination.) Bring this mixture up to a simmer in a small sauce pot over medium heat, while whisking. Once it reaches a simmer, it will thicken into a shiny sauce. Pour or brush the sauce over your cooked meat, vegetables, or tofu. 
  • To use as a stir fry sauce, stir together all of the ingredients in a bowl. Once your stir fry meat or vegetables are cooked, pour the sauce mixture directly into your hot stir fry pan instead of simmering separately in a sauce pot. The heat from the pan will simmer the sauce on contact and thicken the sauce (make sure the stir fry pan is very hot). Stir to coat your cooked vegetables or meat.

Notes

Optional add-ins: 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil, 1 Tbsp sesame seeds