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Thick and Sweet Teriyaki Sauce

Thick and Sweet Teriyaki Sauce

This thick and sweet homemade teriyaki sauce recipe is quick,  foolproof, and so, so good.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 tablespoons (approximately)
Calories 43kcal
Author Tracy


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons mirin or sherry or Marsala
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (37g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch whisked with 1 tablespoon water


  • In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients. Bring to a simmer, watching closely to make sure sauce does not begin to boil over. 
  • Once at a simmer, turn heat down to medium to keep it there. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. (Sauce will thicken further as it cools.)
  • Cool sauce slightly before using and enjoy.


Store leftover teriyaki sauce in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.


Calories: 43kcal