We love teriyaki sauce. It goes well on chicken, burger, pork, veggies...anything. When I don’t have time to pick up more at the store, I make it at home pretty easily. This recipe makes 2 1/2 cups which is about the same amount you would get in a bottle.

Sometimes, I use it in my teriyaki chicken burgers recipe too!

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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


1 cup brown sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp cornstarch (optional: for basting sauce)
4 oz (2 shot glasses full) pineapple juice
1/2 tsp onion powder


  1. In a medium size pot over medium heat, combine the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, pineapple juice, onion powder, garlic powder, and vinegar.
  2. Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. For a thicker, basting sauce, remove half a cup of teriyaki sauce and place in a small bowl.
  4. Incorporate the cornstarch into the soy sauce in the bowl using a whisk.
  5. Once the cornstarch is completely dissolved in the soy sauce, add the the mixture back into the pot and continue cooking an additional 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Set aside to cool.

NOTE: If you find you don’t have the rice vinegar or the pineapple juice it is okay to omit them or find a decent substitute.

Yields: 12 servings.

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