Easy Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Lovely brown gluten-free teriyaki sauce with a bowl of stir-fried vegetables makes a great meal.

Once you know how easy it is to make a homemade gluten-free teriyaki sauce that’s packed with delicious teriyaki flavor, you’ll never want to go back to the bottled stuff! When you’re trying to make teriyaki sauce gluten-free, it’s important to avoid hidden sources of gluten by using a certified gluten-free soy sauce or gluten-free tamari.

Even though soy sauce is made from fermented soybeans, it often contains wheat, too, so the average store-bought teriyaki sauce probably isn’t gluten-free. But one of the benefits of making sauces like these at home is that you can easily tailor the ingredients to suit your dietary needs and personal preferences.

The homemade gluten-free teriyaki sauce recipe you’ll find in this post is delicious as written, but can easily be adjusted to suit a low-sodium, vegan, paleo, or soy-free diet. You’ll find plenty of helpful suggestions and substitutions below the recipe, and a bevy of delicious ideas for what to do with it!

How To Make Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce (Recipe)

Gluten-free teriyaki sauce ingredients are water, gluten-free soy sauce, garlic powder, sesame oil, brown sugar, and corn starch.


  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free soy sauce or tamari*
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or granulated garlic
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
All of the gluten-free teriyaki sauce ingredients are put into a small saucepan.


Add the water, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic powder, cornstarch, and sesame oil to a saucepan. Whisk well and place on your stove over medium heat.

Whisking the gluten-free teriyaki sauce as it simmers until thickened.

Whisking continuously, simmer the sauce until thickened and darkened in color, then remove from heat.

The finished gluten-free teriyaki sauce is a translucent golden brown that looks wonderful in a small glass pitcher.

Transfer your GF teriyaki sauce to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to one week.

Pouring gluten-free teriyaki sauce from a small glass pitcher onto a bowl of cooked chicken and vegetables.

Substitutions & Suggestions

There are so many options for this recipe, starting with the main ingredient: soy sauce. Tamari, liquid aminos, and coconut aminos are all viable alternatives with a similar flavor profile, so there are plenty of options there.

Here are a few other adjustments you can make, depending on your wants and needs:

  • Soy-free? Look for a soy-free tamari sauce, or use coconut aminos.
  • Paleo? Use coconut aminos and reduce the amount of sugar, since they’re naturally slightly sweet.
  • On a low-salt diet? Try low-sodium soy sauce or reduced-sodium tamari.
  • Vegan? No changes necessary!
  • Make it organic by ensuring all your ingredients are organic.
  • To make it sugar-free, use a sugar-free brown sugar blend like monk fruit.
  • To make hot teriyaki sauce, add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, or a small amount of chili garlic sauce or sriracha sauce.
  • Enhance the flavor by adding fresh garlic and fresh ginger, then blend the sauce briefly before cooking it.
  • Replace part of the brown sugar with maple syrup or honey.
  • Add a splash of rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar for a bright, tangy flavor.
  • Replace part of the water with pineapple juice for sweetness, or more soy sauce to make it more savory.
  • Add a dash of sesame seeds for visual appeal and flavor.
A colorful bowl of cooked chicken breast, sliced red peppers, and bright green broccoli all with teriyaki sauce drizzled over them.

How To Use Your Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

  • Pour your teriyaki sauce over a bowl of rice, some protein (it tastes great on fish, chicken, pork, and beef!), and sautéed veggies for a quick and easy meal.
  • Use it as a teriyaki marinade for delicious teriyaki flank steak. Slice flank steak into strips, marinate in the teriyaki sauce for about 30 minutes, then cook on the grill for an easy dinner the whole family will love.
  • Use it to make crockpot pineapple teriyaki chicken! I love this recipe because all I have to do is toss some chicken and teriyaki sauce in my crockpot, and dinner is basically ready by the time I get home!
  • Make your own flavorful teriyaki beef jerky by marinating strips of beef in teriyaki sauce before drying them in your oven. It’s easy to do and tastes amazing.
  • I’ve also made slow-cooker beef and broccoli using this delicious sauce with incredible results. I like it better than takeout!
  • Use it as a dipping sauce for dumplings, spring rolls, or egg rolls, a glaze for grilled meats, or as a stir-fry sauce with meat or tofu. Stir-fry has never tasted so good!

How would you use this gluten-free teriyaki sauce recipe?

Homemade (GF) Teriyaki Sauce

Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Jill Nystul
This delicious homemade teriyaki sauce is easy, delicious, and only takes a few minutes to make!
4.28 from 47 votes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 6
Calories 139 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups water cold
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or granulated garlic
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  • Add all ingredients to a saucepan, whisk well, and place over medium heat.
  • Whisk continuously and simmer until the sauce has thickened and darkened in color, then remove from heat.


Calories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 1091mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 27gVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

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  • I make the best Teriyaki Sauce ever (and have given it to countless people) – no corn starch and uses fresh garlic. Stays fresh in the fridge seemingly forever. 1 c. soy sauce (use GF if you want); 1/4 c. sake, mirin or sherry; 5 tablespoons sugar (use brown if you would like); 2 cloves garlic, well minced; 1 tsp. grated ginger root. Blend all ingredients, stirring until sugar dissolves. I use my Ninja to blend, it is easier for me. I’ve been using this recipe for years. It is from an old book (1976) called Adventures in Oriental Cooking. You can thicken a portion if wanted, but would not store it thickened.

  • Do you mind sharing what kind of sesame oil you use, or like the best? I remember buying some years ago…literally at least 10 years, and it was really dark and tasted really bitter so I’ve never tried to use it since then. The only kind I have now is used in soap and lotion, pretty sure it wouldn’t taste very good!! I will definitely try this, my family loves teriyaki EVERYTHING!!

  • What perfect timing! I wanted to make teriyaki party chicken wings tonight, and was going to search for a good recipe online, since we misplaced my delicious, favorite recipe. It called for orange juice, so I might try adding some, but I’ll definitely try your recipe! Thank you, Jillee!

  • One teaspoon grated fresh ginger could be added for a little bit of “tang” to the sauce. This was suggested to me by a Japanese co-worker years ago.

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