Homemade Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Sauce
Make your own teriyaki sauce at home with this recipe. Our version has just the right amount of sweet, with a touch of heat added in the form of chili flakes. Perfect for stir fry, chicken wings, grilled or broiled chicken or even meatballs.
I’ve been craving teriyaki sauce lately. As I continue to operate Chili Pepper Madness and cook with chili peppers of all types, I find myself moving all over the globe in terms of cuisine and recipe choices. The thing is, chili peppers are used worldwide, so if you’re into exploring food culture, all you need to do is follow the peppers of that region.
In the last few years, I’ve found myself more and more interested in Asian cuisine. That is a broad statement, I know. Just like “American Cuisine” has multiple influences and distinctive components, the continent of Asia is massive and one could spend a lifetime exploring its different cuisines and cultures.
If you can recommend a good book for me to help me along, send me links, please!
I’m still dipping my toe into some cuisines, so I’m starting with a simple yet incredibly popular one that you’ll want to keep in your recipe box – Homemade Teriyaki Sauce.
What is Teriyaki?
The word “Teriyaki” refers to the cooking method of grilling or broiling foods with a sweet glaze. It originates from Japan and the sauce itself is a sticky sweet sauce made primarily of soy sauce, mirin and sugar. You’ve most likely enjoyed it in a Japanese restaurant or Mongolian.
Teriyaki is also hugely popular in America, often made with more local ingredients, though the taste is one you’ll find rather addictive and something worth going back to over and over again.
Like me, lately. I want teriyaki!
How to Make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
It isn’t a difficult sauce to make. In a nutshell, you’ll add soy sauce, water, brown sugar, chili flakes, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and mirin to a small pot.
Swirl in a bit of corn starch that has been whisked with water and bring the mixture to a quick boil. Simmer it for a few minutes until it thickens up and develops more flavor.
Let it cool and you’re free to use your teriyaki sauce however you like.
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is So Much Better
You can easily find teriyaki sauce at your local grocer, attesting to its large popularity here in the states, but once you learn how to make it at home, you’ll find no reason to purchase the store bought stuff again. Especially when you can spice it up like I do.
I do love the sweetness of a good teriyaki, but I like a spicier version even more so. I find a little bit of heat helps to balance out the sweetness, and it goes perfectly with many different stars of your dish.
Tips for Adjusting the Heat and Spice Factor
You’ll get GREAT flavor with this sauce based on the ingredients combination alone, but the heat factor is adjustable by the inclusion of chili flakes. Use hotter peppers to really up that heat factor, or sprinkle in a spicy chili powder to your preference.
You can lower the heat by skipping the chili flakes altogether.
Try it out with grilled shrimp, chicken breast, chicken wings, meatballs, or even burgers. You know you want to try a Teriyaki Burger now, don’t you? Here is a great recipe to try: Spicy Teriyaki Shrimp Stir Fry. Or try my Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Marinade.
I hope you enjoy it! Let me know how it turns out for you.
Try Some of My Other Popular Recipes
- Sweet & Spicy Teriyaki Chicken
- Szechuan Sauce
- Sambal Oelek
- Jerk Marinade
- Peri Peri Sauce
- Cajun Remoulade Sauce
- Easy Hoisin Sauce
- Chicken Fried Rice
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Homemade Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Sauce – Recipe
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili flakes omit if you don't want spicy
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons mirin
- ¼ cup cold water
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- To a small pot, add soy sauce, water, brown sugar, chili flakes, honey, garlic, ginger, sesame oil and mirin.
- In a small bowl, swirl together cold water and cornstarch until you have a thin slurry. Pour into the pot and stir to incorporate.
- Bring to a quick boil, then reduce heat and simmer 3-4 minutes to thicken and allow the flavors to develop.
- Remove from heat, cool, and store in the fridge. Keeps a week or so.