Teriyaki Marinade Sauce

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Teriyaki Marinade Sauce is the perfect glaze to put on anything that you want to give a punch of flavor.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Teriyaki Marinade Sauce in a jar with a spoon..

Teriyaki Marinade Sauce is the perfect glaze to put on anything that you want to give a punch of flavor.

Teriyaki Marinade Sauce in a jar with a spoon..

The word is Japanese and combines two words: teri, meaning luster, and yaki, meaning grill. It is a umami, sticky sauce that is used on almost any meat or vegetable and even though grill is in the name you can use this glaze in any cooking method that you like.

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What We Love About This Recipe

  • 30 Minute Meal: This Teriyaki Sauce Marinade takes only minutes to make.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: This sauce adds a real punch of flavor to everything it touches. Kids will love the sticky goodness.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low sodium or gluten free if you wish.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: The chicken can is perfect for salads or over rice the next day for lunch.
A brush with the sauce.

Ingredient Notes for Quick Teriyaki Sauce

  • Soy Sauce: A standard flavor in teriyaki sauce, you can use low sodium if you wish.
  • Sugar: White or brown sugar both work great in this recipe.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Brings that deep rich tone and complexity to the dish.
  • Rice Wine Vinegar: Tenderizes the meat and adds flavor.
  • All Purpose Seasoning: The link is provided for this blend.
  • Chicken: For this recipe we use boneless skinless chicken breasts, however, you can use whatever protein or poultry that you like.

Equipment Needed for Teriyaki Marinade Recipe

How to Make Teriyaki Marinade Sauce

These are the basic steps for making teriyaki marinade. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and daily values nutrition information.

Mixing the sauce for the marinade.

STEP 1: COMBINE

First, in a bowl mix soy sauce, water, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, rice vinegar, All Purpose Seasoning and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Transfer into a zip top bag over the chicken and then marinate for two hours to overnight.

STEP 2: GRILL

Next, grill for 12 to 15 minutes until the juices run cleat and the chicken reaches 165 degrees F. on a meat thermometer. Enjoy the chicken with your favorite side dishes.

Cooking the sauce and finishing it off.

Prep and Storage Tips for Teriyaki Marinade

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This marinade can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until ready to use. Then when ready place the meat into the marinade for up to twenty four hours.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store in an airtight container or in a zip top bag until ready to use, keep in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Place the chicken in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to six months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Warm through in the oven, or in a pan or skillet on the stove top. Glazes the chicken again to lock in the moisture and the flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Homemade Teriyaki Marinade

IS TERIYAKI GLUTEN FREE?

Traditionally, teriyaki sauce is made with soy sauce, which is not gluten-free because it contains wheat, however, there are gluten free versions of soy sauce that you can utilize.

HOW TO THICKEN TERIYAKI SAUCE?

Of course, you can make a slurry with cornstarch and water to thicken the sauce or there are several other options, see here.

WHAT IS TERIYAKI SAUCE?

Teriyaki sauce is the Japanese stir fry sauce contains light soy sauce along with mirin (sweetened rice wine). The sauce can be sweetened with sugar or honey.

WHAT CAN I USE THIS BEST TERIYAKI SAUCE ON?

Try it on seafood, pork chops, pork tenderloins, chicken thighs, veggies etc…

A dish of the marinade.

Expert Tips for Making This Teriyaki Glaze Recipe

  • Double: Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and use or store the marinade.
  • Top: Finish your dish with fresh green onions, sesame seeds or fresh ginger.
  • Salt: Low sodium versions of the sauces are available.
  • Alternate ingredient: Honey also works great in this sauce.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Bake the meat in the oven, or use a grill pan indoors. This sauce will work using any of these methods.

What to Serve with Teriyaki Marinade Sauce

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Teriyaki Marinade Sauce in a jar with a spoon..

Teriyaki Marinade Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Teriyaki Marinade Sauce is the perfect glaze to put on anything that you want to give a punch of flavor.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions

  • In a bowl combine soy sauce, water, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, rice vinegar, onion power powder, and garlic powder whisking until sugar is dissolved.
  • Transfer into zip top bag over chicken. Marinate for two hours to overnight. Grill for 12 to 15 minutes, until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink.

Expert Tips

 
  • Double: Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and use or store the marinade.
  • Top: Finish your dish with fresh green onions, sesame seeds or fresh ginger.
  • Salt: Low sodium versions of the sauces are available.
  • Alternate ingredient: Honey also works great in this sauce.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Bake the meat in the oven, or use a grill pan indoors. This sauce will work using any of these methods.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1795mg | Potassium: 522mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, grilled

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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