Simple Honey Teriyaki Sauce

Honey Teriyaki Sauce has the perfect balance of sweet & savoury with a slight bite of ginger and sake. This versatile sauce is great in a range of dishes and takes only minutes to make.

Here at Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen, I love sharing easy recipes for spice mixes, such as this Quick Homemade Taco Seasoning, and delicious barbecue sauces (Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce) made from scratch. You’re going to love this new sauce recipe!

A jar holds brown Honey Teriyaki Sauce containing chunks of garlic and ginger.

Honey Teriyaki Sauce

Making your own Honey Teriyaki Sauce from scratch is easier than you think and once you do, you’ll never go back to store bought sauce. It’s such a wonderful balance of flavours, you’ll want to brush it onto everything!

This Honey Teriyaki Sauce is going to become your ‘go to’ Teriyaki Sauce from now on, I promise. Whip this baby up using simple, pantry staples in about ten minutes flat.

That’s about the same amount of time for your husband to cut an onion for the stir fry….

A spoon holds brown Honey Teriyaki Sauce containing chunks of garlic and ginger over a jar of the same sauce.

What is Teriyaki Sauce?

Though most people think of Teriyaki as a sauce, in Japan it’s more about the style in which the food is cooked. ‘Teri’ or tare means ‘luster’ or ‘glaze’ referring to the sheen of the sauce once it has been cooked onto a protein. ‘Yaki’ refers to direct cooking methods such as grilling, broiling, or pan-frying.

Traditional Japanese Teriyaki contains soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar while Western versions may or may not contain either mirin or sake (or both), garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and additional sugar or honey.

Japanese Teriyaki will never contain cornstarch, while Western Teriyaki Sauces include it as a thickener.

A spoon holds brown Honey Teriyaki Sauce containing chunks of garlic and ginger over a jar of the same sauce.

Simple Ingredients

Why honey? Because it’s natural…and delicious! Many recipes call for a combination of brown sugar and honey while some use only brown sugar. I’ve used only honey in this Teriyaki Sauce which gives it a slightly lighter hue than if I had used brown sugar.

Garlic and Fresh Ginger are pretty straightforward. Find them whole from the grocery store and chop them up or buy the minced garlic and ginger. No judgement here, as long as your happy with the flavour I am too.

A spoon holds brown Honey Teriyaki Sauce containing chunks of garlic and ginger over a jar of the same sauce.

Pineapple Juice is not a traditional Japanese ingredient in Teriyaki Sauce, however it is a common ingredient in Hawaiian style Teriyaki. I love the gentle kick of acidity and sweetness it brings to the sauce.

Additionally, if you are planning to use this Honey Teriyaki Sauce as a marinade, pineapple juice contains bromelain enzymes which soften meat by dividing proteins like collagen.

A spoon holds brown Honey Teriyaki Sauce containing chunks of garlic and ginger over a jar of the same sauce.

Sesame Oil is fairly easy to find in any well stocked grocery store. Buy the dark toasted kind, not the light non toasted oil. Though it has a high smoke point and can be used for sauteing, it is mostly used as a flavour accent nearer the end of cooking.

Sake is an ingredient that you may not always have on hand. In a pinch, you can use mirin, Chinese cooking wine (Shiaoxing), or even dry sherry. Or, use both mirin and sake, as in traditional Teriyaki.

A hand holding a brush while spreading Honey Teriyaki Sauce on Pork Burgers while cooking on a barbecue.

There is a water component to the sauce. If you aren’t using pineapple juice you can easily substitute 3/4 cup water for both water and pineapple juice portions. To add acidity in this case add 1-2 tbsp Chinese black sweet vinegar or a touch of balsamic.

Sesame seeds area great way to finish this sauce and any dish using Honey Teriyaki Sauce but if you don’t have them, they aren’t necessary.

Two hands hold a Pork Burger loaded with red onions, grilled pineapple, melted cheese, pork patty and lettuce.

So Easy to Make!

As I mentioned, this is one easy sauce that takes mere minutes to make. Just place all the ingredients (minus 3 tbsp pineapple juice) in a small saucepan and set to simmer.

Mix the cornstarch into the pineapple juice and then whisk the mixture into the simmering sauce. Stir and allow to thicken, then remove from the heat.

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How to Use This Sauce

There are so many ways to use this Teriyaki Sauce. It’s perfect on many proteins, including pork, chicken, fish, and tofu.

  • Yakitori or Kushiyaki – Use it as a marinade or brush onto grilled skewered meats.
  • Brush on sushi or cooked eel.
  • As a sauce for rice bowls, noodles, and grilled vegetables.
  • It is a great stir fry sauce (add the sauce to the wok after everything has finished cooking to prevent burning).
  • Add it to meatballs and use as an appetizer.
  • As a dip for dumplings, chicken croquettes, fingers, or nuggets.
  • Teriyaki Chicken Wings
  • Mix it into ground beef or pork for burgers.

How to Store Honey Teriyaki Sauce

This sauce will last a long time (up to a month) when stored in a jar in the fridge.

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Yield: 1 cup - 250 ml

Simple Honey Teriyaki Sauce

A spoon holds brown Honey Teriyaki Sauce containing chunks of garlic and ginger over a jar of the same sauce.

Honey Teriyaki Sauce has the perfect balance of sweet & savoury with a slight bite of ginger and sake. This versatile sauce is great in a range of dishes and takes only minutes to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice (+ 3 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp garlic; minced
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp ginger; minced
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch; reserved

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients (except 3 tbsp pineapple juice and cornstarch) in a saucepan.
  2. Allow the contents to come to a boil over medium heat. Meanwhile, mix 3 tbsp pineapple juice and cornstarch in a cup.
  3. Pour pineapple juice cornstarch slurry into the boiling mixture and stir.
  4. Allow to thicken, then remove from heat.

Notes

This teriyaki sauce also makes a wonderful marinade. To use as a marinade simply omit the cornstarch and allow the sauce to cool to room temperature before use.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 93Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 879mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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35 comments

  1. Gloria

    There is just something about homemade sauces and seasonings. Always so much better than store bought. They make the perfect food gift too.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Great idea!! I never even thought of that Gloria.

      Reply

  2. Chef Dennis

    What a perfect timing! We are thinking of having Teriyaki today and this Simple Honey Teriyaki Sauce is just soo perfect!

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  3. HEATHER PERINE

    I love teriyaki but hate buying the bottled stuff full of who knows! So I can’t wait to try and make this at home and eat it on everythiiiiiiiiiiiing.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      I agree!! I’m now keeping a jar of this homemade Teriyaki in my fridge regularly!

      Reply

  4. Loreto and Nicoletta Nardelli

    This teriyaki sauce looks great! Love the addition of pineapple juice, I think it gives the right amount of sweetness and acidity. And that burger is mouthwatering!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you, and yes…I really think it does too. These burgers are ‘make again’ material.

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  5. JustineCelina

    Simple, tasty and made without refined sugar — my favourite kind of recipe! Totally bookmarking this one. Thanks for sharing, Bernice!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! I bet it would be awesome on grilled mushrooms…just saying!!

      Reply

  6. JustineCelina

    Simple, tasty and made without refined sugar — my favourite kind of recipe! Totally bookmarking this one. Thanks for sharing, Bernice!

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  7. Sadia Malik

    so easy to make and delicious, that burger looks good

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Sadia, it was a real backyard treat!

      Reply

  8. Denise

    Your Honey Teriyaki sauce looks amazing! I do love homemade sauces more than store bought myself, and this is one for me to try soon!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      I do too. It really does not take too long to make…less time than a trip to the store!

      Reply

  9. Lori | The Kitchen Whisperer

    A bajillion times better than store-bought for sure! I love that it doesn’t take hours to make and that it’s super easy!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      and it’s so versatile too. We had it again on simple grilled chicken.

      Reply

  10. NANCY

    This teriyaki sauce looks great! Love the use of pineapple juice for some tart and sweetness!!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      That is island style, my friend!!

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  11. Tammy

    Love the addition of the pineapple juice! This sounds so good and would pair well with a variety of dishes! Yum!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      It really is so versatile. I keep a jar in the fridge for quick weeknight dinners.

      Reply

  12. Kristen

    Great minds think alike, I’ve been cooking with homemade teriyaki all week. I will be trying yours next, it sounds fantastic!

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  13. Sharon

    I usually have a go-to bottle of teriyaki sauce but this homemade sauce is so easy to make that now I keep this on hand for salmon and pork chops.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Perfect!That is exactly what we do too.

      Reply

  14. Moop Brown

    This sauce looks so delicious and could go great with such a variety of recipes. Thanks!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      It really does…so very versatile!

      Reply

  15. Sophie

    My homemade teriyaki sauce was always a fail. Thanks to your recipe. We all loved the teriyaki cauliflower and the sauce.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh YUM, that sounds like a great way to use this Teriyaki sauce.

      Reply

  16. Debbie

    I love teriyaki sauce but never realized how easy it was to make . You make this look so easy ! I am making this tomorrow and I am super excited !

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Wonderful Debbie. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

      Reply

  17. Cynthia Priest

    Ooh, I can now make my own when I need teriyaki sauce to add to udon noodles as a stir fry. How long does the sauce keep for?

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    1. Bernice Hill

      At least a couple of weeks in the fridge. I’ve been keeping a jar in there recently. It’s so handy for quick dinners.

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  18. Jo

    This sauce would find so many uses in my kitchen. With amazing flavors I love the sauce in my stir fries.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! It’s great used in so many dishes. Enjoy!

      Reply

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