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10 June 2019

This teriyaki marinade recipe is both sweet and slightly spicy, perfect for marinating chicken, pork, shrimp or fish. You can’t beat the perfect homemade marinade.

Now that grilling season is closing in on us, it’s time to start thinking about the flavor building technique that can elevate just about any protein from “bland” to “grand” with hardly any effort.

We’re talking MARINADES.

A good marinade can impart a huge amount of flavor to your recipe, and in most cases, it is extremely easy to whip together. Most are made with ingredients that are readily available in your pantry or refrigerator, and, crucially, they can be ready at a moment’s notice.

The Benefits of Marinating

Marinating is an important component of building flavor. A good marinade, like this wonderful teriyaki marinade, will add flavor to any type of protein. It also helps to add moisture as well as tenderize tough cuts of meat.

Most cooks like to marinade meats – think thin cuts of steak, pork (pork chops, pork loin), chicken (chicken breast, chicken thighs, legs and wings), and many seafood items like shrimp or fish fillets. You don’t need to limit yourself to marinating only meats, however. Vegetables can also benefit from a flavorful marinade.

Try marinating asparagus, then tossing them on the grill. Outstanding flavor.

As a bonus, many marinade recipes can be converted into a sauce to finish your meal, though it is important that you do not try to make a sauce out of USED marinade. To make a sauce, reserve half of your unused marinade and heat it in a pan. Bring it to a quick boil, then simmer it until it reduces to your preferred thickness.

Let’s talk about how we make this teriyaki marinade, shall we? This is better than any store bought recipe.

Teriyaki Marinade Ingredients

Ingredients Need to Make Teriyaki Marinade

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (garlic powder is good, too)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger (ginger powder is good, too)
  • 1 tablespoon chili flakes (omit if you don’t want extra spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional for extra sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar

How to Make Teriyaki Marinade – the Recipe Method

First, Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl – including soy sauce, water, brown sugar, peppers, onion, garlic, ginger, chili flakes, honey, sesame oil and vinegar.

Whisking the Teriyaki Marinade in a bowl

For marinating, submerge your protein or vegetables completely in the marinade, or seal them with the marinade in a plastic bag.

Here I’m marinating some chopped chicken breasts in a glass bowl.

Teriyaki Chicken marinating in a bowl

Marinate in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

BOOM! Easy enough, right?

Recipe Tips and Notes

TIP #1: You will get a good level of sweetness from the brown sugar, but I like to emphasize that sweetness, so I include a bit of honey with the marinade and resulting sauce, when I make it.

You can easily skip the honey and focus on the brown sugar if you’d like.

TIP #2: You’ll notice the marinade is quite chunky from all the bits of onion, peppers, garlic and ginger. I wind up straining those out if I’m going to make a sauce, but keep them in for the marinade. They add a lot of flavor.

TIP #3: For the spicy element, I’ve included jalapeno peppers and spicy chili flakes. If you’re concerned about too much heat, core out the jalapeno peppers, or omit them. You can dial back on the chili flakes as well.

If you’d like a spicier marinade, go with hotter peppers, like the serrano pepper, habanero pepper, or even a ghost pepper or two. Go crazy, my chilihead friends!

Making Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Sauce

You can use these exact recipe ingredients to make a Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Sauce Recipe. Here are the steps.

  1. Swirl 2 teaspoons of cornstarch together with ¼ cup of water.
  2. Next, whisk all of the ingredients together, then heat the marinade in a small pot. Add in the cornstarch mixture.
  3. Stir, simmering, 3-4 minutes or until the marinade thickens into a sauce.
  4. Use the sauce to drizzle over your grilled chicken, grilled pork chops, grilled shrimp, whatever you’re making. It’s also great to use with stir fry.

Delicious! Try it on my Sweet & Spicy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe!

That’s it, my friends! I hope you enjoy your teriyaki marinade! It’s nice and sweet and spicy and just what you need! Time to get grilling! Let me know how it turns out for you.

Try Some of My Other Popular Marinade & Sauce Recipes

These are perfect for the grilling season!

If you make this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

5 from 1 vote
Teriyaki Marinade Recipe
Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Marinade Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 mins
 
This teriyaki marinade recipe is both sweet and slightly spicy, perfect for marinating chicken, pork, shrimp or fish. You can’t beat the perfect homemade marinade.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jalapenos, marinade, recipe, spicy, Teriyaki
Servings: 8
Calories: 53 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1-2 green onions chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chili flakes omit if you don't want extra spicy
  • 1 tablespoon honey optional for extra sweet
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. For marinating, submerge your protein or vegetables completely in the marinade, or seal them with the marinade in a plastic bag. Marinate in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
Recipe Notes

Makes about 2 cups.

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.

Calories estimated on 1/4 cup measurement.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Teriyaki Marinade Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 53
% Daily Value*
Sodium 829mg35%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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