Easy Homemade {Gluten-Free} Teriyaki Sauce

How far away from our “roots” have we wandered when we are surprised that things that we’ve only bought in a bottle all our lives can EASILY made at home?? Not to mention the fact that it’s also CHEAPER and far BETTER TASTING!

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that once again I’ve have discovered something that fits the bill exactly. Teriyaki Sauce.

To me, Teriyaki Sauce has always been something that you buy in a bottle at the grocery store. Either I am a very gullible person (which is entirely possible) or the advertising companies have done an excellent job in convincing the American public that Teriyaki Sauce DOES come from a bottle. :-)

Well, it’s time to turn that around. I am on a mission to find as many of these EASY homemade substitutions as I possibly can and share them with you. We could be together for a very long time! ;-)

The best part about making this sauce today was how delicious it was with our DINNER! But more about that later……

I found this recipe for Teriyaki Sauce In Ten Minutes at Jamie Cooks It Up!  It’s easy AND delicious!


(The sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for one week.)

1 1/2 cups cold water
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce  (if you want to make this Gluten Free…make sure you get a GF soy sauce.)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
3 Tablespoons corn starch
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Mix all 6 ingredients together in a saucepan and then put over medium heat on the stove.


Whisk it continually. (And don’t turn your back on it and walk away like I obviously did.)  The color will change and darken as the sauce begins to thicken. Once it has thickened, take it off the heat.

Serve over grilled chicken, or fish, or rice and sauteed vegetables.


…you can do like we did and make Teriyaki Flank Steak Strips! (Which is just a fancy sounding name for a flank steak cut into strips, marinated in the teriyaki sauce for about 30 minutes, and cooked on the grilled!)

This was a HUGE HIT with the meat-loving contingent in this house. (Which is everyone.) PLUS, it’s another Gluten-Free recipe to add to my collection of go-to dinners.

I have to say it does my heart good when I hear every single person at the table say how GOOD the meal is! Needless to say there wasn’t a SPECK of meat left at the end of dinner. No leftovers = a good problem to have. :-)

I will be making this WINNING COMBINATION again soon!


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  1. Demaroge says

    Jillee ~ I agree completely that we just don’t know how to make stuff anymore! I am so grateful for the community of internet because now I can see there really ARE real people out there who make things, cook from scratch and even sew! I really am NOT the only one! :)

    I appreciate your one good thing in my email everyday and I want to thank you for sharing your story with the world as well. You are a brave and courageous woman. I am proud of you. More importantly, I know you are proud of YOU, too!

  2. Diane says

    This may be a silly question and I am missing something obvious (this has been known to happen…a lot), but why does this only keep a week in the fridge? With all the salt and the lack of perishables I would think it would have a much longer shelf life.
    THANKS~ Diane

  3. Abby says

    It looks like you have regular sesame oil there. Toasted sesame oil is the way to go (and the kind that Jamie used) when it comes to things like this. It delivers a more intense and nutty sesame flavor.

    • Pam says

      Good tip. It is easy to find? Expensive? What is it’s shelf life? I have found that regular sesame oil doesn’t get used up in our house and then I have to throw it out, which makes it expensive.Have never bought the toasted version.

    • DebbieG says

      Actually, I thought the same thing while I was making it this afternoon, and I used toasted sesame oil. It was awesome on the pork loin and everyone loved it. I did make one other adjustment – I was already planning to grill some pineapple to go with the pork, so I chopped one slice and added it to the marinade. Amazing! It’s a winner!

  4. says

    SCORE!!!!! My 3 year old will only eat “big fat noodles” (udon) from this local Japanese restaurant. Two types of store bought teriyaki sauces have been rejected multiple times. This recipe is a hit and I’m SO happy to know exactly what we are eating. Thank you!!!

  5. says

    Sounds like a decent recipe, but I prefer a pineapple juice or orange juice based teriyaki sauce. They give it a refreshing citrus tang that I like in my favorite sauces. Pineapple juice makes the best, IMO. As I recall, it’s about 2 parts juice to 1 part soy sauce. If the juice isn’t real sweet, you sometimes need a dash of brown sugar. I can’t remember how much corn starch it needs, but as I recall, not much – maybe 1 tbl spoon. I usually mix it into the soy sauce before I combine it with the juice. Cook it until it reduces and thickens, and voila, awesome teriyaki sauce.

    As far as the toasted sesame oil goes, it doesn’t keep much longer than the regular stuff, as I recall. However, both of those will keep for much, MUCH longer if stored in the fridge.


  6. Lena says

    So excited to try the recipe… not too long ago a found a soyless soy sauce called coconut aminos…i am deathly allergic to soy but everyone in my house loves teryaki… problem solved. Not only can you make it be gluten free… but it is possible to make it soy free as well!

  7. says

    so glad I found your blog (incidentally it was BECAUSE I was looking to make my own teriyaki sauce) and I haven’t been able to stop looking through your whole blog! you have such awesome stuff on here & I’ve been pinning a lot for future reference. btw, I LOVE my teriyaki chow mein stir fry! thanks!!!

  8. Desarae says

    Hi Jillee! I found this recipe through pinterest, and it is delicious!! Instead of water, I make it with an equal amount of pineapple juice. It tastes heavenly!! And I must say, every time I come across something on pinterest and I see your name attached I automatically pin it! I’ve never come across anything of yours that was less than amazing! Thanks for being awesome!

  9. Heather says

    I just made this and OMG, its the best I have EVER tasted! I subbed San-J Tamari for the soy and used light brown sugar, its fantastic. I ended up mixing it with half a can of crushed pineapple and 2 lbs of diced chicken breasts in the crock pot and the smell alone… I can not wait for dinner!

  10. says

    Hi Jillee,

    Thank you so much! My son can’t have gluten, so therefore we have avoided anything teriyaki. We just love teriyaki steak and finding your post today has made my day. I just made it with GF soy sauce and I love, love it! Unfortunately as much as I love seseme oil, I had to sub peanut oil as my son also cannot have seseme seeds. But even still this came out amazing!

  11. Sara jones says

    This is soooooo helpful!!! Wondering if I could substitute another more common oil from my pantry for the sesame… Olive? Veg? If not, no worries but curious before I buy a new bottle :0). Thx again!!!

  12. Brooke says

    I just made the teriyaki sauce and it was super easy and smells SO good. I actually turned my scentsy off so it wouldn’t mess with the lovely smell. Right now its in my fridge marinating some eye of round steak. Can’t wait to eat it tonight!

  13. says

    So this was an adventure.. My grandpa thinks hes master chef right ?! so when he ran out of sauce i pulled your epic recipe out. However stupid me forgets the brown sugar…. we taste it and BOOM SALTY ! Suddenly a thought hit me ! after adding the brown sugar and cooking a bit more well it shut him up and we all adore it

  14. Amanda says

    I buy frozen teriyaki chicken from Sam’s club and there is never enough sauce when I make rice with it. I bought a bottled sauce that has too strong a soy sauce taste and smell. I made this recipe and it is perfect! (I used the toasted sesame oil.)


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