I love teriyaki. In fact, it’s one of my favorite ways to season chicken and burgers, but I don’t like to buy teriyaki sauce. It can be expensive, and there is no reason to spend money to buy the pre-made sauce. Teriyaki is one of the easiest sauces to make because it is made from ingredients that most people already have on hand. The sauce can be used as a marinade or thickened to be brushed on like a barbecue sauce. Sometimes, I have been known to do both.
Pouring this sauce over chicken pieces before freezing provides you with pre-marinated chicken for the grill, crock pot, or stove top. Stirring a couple of tablespoons of the sauce into a pound of ground beef or turkey makes delicious teriyaki flavored burgers.
It’s versatile sauce that’s simple to make. Here’s the recipe. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup sugar
- 4½ teaspoons of red wine vinegar or rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic finely minced)
- 2 teaspoons corn starch (optional)
- Mix soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, and garlic together.
- Stir until well combined. At this point, the sauce can be used as a marinade or used to season ground meat for burgers.
- If you want a thicker teriyaki sauce to brush onto meats or use as a topping, stir the cornstarch into the sauce and bring it to a boil.
- Boil for one to two minutes until sauce begins to thicken.
- Brush the thickened sauce onto meat or vegetables or pour over rice.