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 be 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. And it’s high time that I turn that kind of thinking around! So today I’ll be showing you how to make an easy homemade teriyaki sauce that will change your life. (Okay, maybe it won’t change your whole life, but it will stop you from buying another bottle of teriyaki sauce from the grocery store!) ;-)
And BONUS….it’s gluten free! Which is not something most store-bought brands can say. Be sure and check your labels!
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce*
- 1 tsp garlic powder or granulated garlic
- 3 Tbsp corn starch
- 1 tsp sesame oil
*Note: If you want your teriyaki sauce to be gluten-free, be sure to use a gluten-free soy sauce.
Add the water, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic powder, corn starch, and sesame oil to a saucepan. Whisk well and place on your stove over medium heat.
Whisk the mixture continually while cooking, until the sauce has thickened and the color has darkened.
Remove the sauce from heat, and transfer to an airtight container. Keep in your fridge for up to one week.
How To Use Your Teriyaki Sauce
We poured our teriyaki sauce over a bowl of rice, grilled chicken, broccoli, and bell peppers. Yum! It’s also great on fish, steak, and pork too!
Another thing I like to make is 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!)
Teriyaki Steak Strips are always a big hit with the meat-loving contingent in my house (which is everyone.) I have to say, it does my heart good when I hear every single person at the table say how GOOD the meal is!