Teriyaki sauce is REALLY easy to make if you have the right ingredients on hand. If you don’t have the right ingredients on hand…well, that is another article. And the great thing about Teriyaki sauce is that it can be used on a large number of dishes. Traditionally, Japanese use this mostly on fish, according to Wikipedia. But here in the States, we use it on just about everything. It’s good on beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, and yes, even vegetables.
You can make it thicker with the addition of some cornstarch, if you like it thick. I like it a bit runnier, so I can pour it on my sticky rice. And I often marinade with the watery version, then use the thick Teriyaki when basting.
Teriyaki Sauce Recipe for Grilling
Basic recipe for teriyaki sauce for use on the grill
- 1/4 cup Mirin
- 1/4 cup Sake
- 1/4 cup Soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger (optional)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup cold water (optional)
- Mix all of the ingredients except the cornstarch and water in a small sauce pan.
- Bring ingredients to a simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes.
- Slowly, a tablespoon at a time, stir in cornstarch mixture if you want thicker Teriyaki sauce. Only use the amount you need to get it to your desired thickness.
- Stir while simmering for another 5 minutes