How to Make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Salmon teriyaki makes an elegant dinner entree.
Salmon teriyaki makes an elegant dinner entree. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Teriyaki dishes originated in Japan in the 17th century, and they gained popularity in the United States in the 1960s. You can make homemade teriyaki sauce for a fraction of the cost of restaurant teriyaki. Save money and enjoy a favorite dish without having to leave home or swipe your credit card. You can also turn a homemade recipe into a marinade or for grilling.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium saucepan
  • Soy sauce
  • Ground ginger
  • Granulated garlic
  • Brown sugar
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 can sliced or chopped pineapples in heavy syrup

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Heat 1 cup of soy sauce in a medium saucepan with 1 tsp. of garlic, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar and 1/2 tsp. of ground ginger.

Simmer the sauce for 15 minutes, then add 1 can of pineapples in heavy syrup. If you don't like the flavor of the pineapples cooked, you can drain the juice into the sauce and serve the pineapples on the side later.

Use your homemade teriyaki sauce as a marinade; let the meat soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan to use your Teriyaki as a brush on grilling sauce for burgers, ribs or kebabs, lay the sliced pineapples on the grill for a few minutes, too. They make a beautiful garnish and taste fantastic.
  • make sure meat is fully cooked to the temperature indicated on the package before serving. If in doubt, contact your local health department and never cross-contaminate.


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