Updated: Sep 29, 2021
What could be more Japanese than teriyaki sauce, you ask? Well, a lot of things actually as teriyaki sauce isn't really Japanese at all but American!
In Japan, the term "teriyaki" refers to a method of cooking fish that has been marinaded in a sauce. But "teriyaki sauce" itself isn't really a thing in Japan. In America on the other hand, it is near ubiquitous - history has it that it was first made by Japanese migrants to Hawaii in the ninetheeth century and has never looked back.
I use teriyaki sauce a lot in general cooking and especially barbecues but I prefer to make it myself so that it's a little less sweet and a little looser (and carries less calories) than the processed product. So, here's my "easy" teriyaki sauce recipe. This is a cinch to prepare and cheaper than buying a ready made teriyaki sauce - better still, there are no preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilisers or additives or anything else that really shouldn't be there. Nonetheless, you can store this in the fridge for 2 -4 weeks.
You can use this teriyaki sauce as a pre-barbecue marinade for chicken, steaks, fish veggies or tofu - it's great with just about everything! I'll be posting some of my recipes using this sauce soon as well.
If you want to give this a try, you can find the quick youtube tutorial by clicking Teriyaki sauce or scroll to the bottom of the page. The written recipe is just below.
Happy cooking! Kurumi XXXX.
If you want to browse a recipe using this sauce, why not try my Pork stuffed Peppers?
(makes 150ml of teriyaki sauce)
6 tbsp soy sauce
6 tbsp japanese cooking sake
3 tbsp sugar
6 tbsp mirin
combine the the soy sauce, sake sugar & mirin in a pan
bring to the boil and simmer for 6-8 mins until the sauce thickens slightly then remove from the heat