Healthy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

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Healthy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce made with natural ingredients you already have. Better for you than store bought and ready in 10 minutes. Jump to Recipe keyboard_arrow_down

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Healthy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce that tastes better than store bought and isn't full of ingredients you can't pronounce. It tastes great in stir-fries, as a marinade, over grilled chicken or veggies, and drizzled on Asian inspired salads and wraps.

I have always loved teriyaki sauce. The sticky, sweet, savory sauce makes everything taste better in my opinion and it is something I almost always have on hand to marinate meats, create quick stir-fries, and drizzle over Asian inspired meals. However as I try to focus on eating more whole and natural foods, I have quickly realized that my favorite store bought versions are packed with corn syrup and all kinds of ingredients I can't even begin to pronounce.

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Luckily for us, it's surprisingly easy to create a healthy homemade teriyaki sauce at home that tastes just as good as the store bought, even better in fact. All you need is some soy sauce, pineapple juice, cornstarch, honey, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger - ingredients you probably already have at home. And in about ten minutes, you will have a sweet and savory, thick teriyaki sauce that you can use with almost anything.

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Now let's talk about ways to use this Healthy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce because it really does taste good on everything.

  • Marinade: I love using this to marinate chicken, steak, and pork. Normally I will marinate the meat in the sauce before I thicken it. Then after I remove the protein, I will add the remaining marinade to a sauce pan with the cornstarch and make a quick teriyaki sauce. I find the meat absorbs more of the flavor with the thinner sauce.
  • Stir Fries: Teriyaki sauce is a great option for quick and easy weeknight stir fries. Saute your favorite protein with vegetables and then toss everything with the homemade teriyaki sauce once it is finished cooking. The thick sauce will coat the protein and veggies, giving it tons of flavor and punch.
  • Asian Inspired Salads and Grain Bowls: I am always a huge fan of salads and grain bowls and teriyaki sauce can act as the perfect dressing. To complement the Asian flavors of the sauce, I like to add things like edamame, bean sprouts, crunchy cabbage, bok choy, and cashews to my salads and bowls.
  • Glaze: Teriyaki makes a wonderful glaze for quick cooking proteins like salmon, flank steak, shrimp, and chicken thighs. Brush the protein with the teriyaki sauce and cook it at a high temperature in the oven.
  • Lettuce wraps: For a quick and easy lettuce wrap, brown either ground turkey or chicken in a pan with a bag of packaged cole-slaw mix. Once the meat has browned, toss it with the teriayki sauce and wrap it up in butter lettuce for a lettuce wrap that is as good as any restaurant.

Depending on how you like your teriyaki sauce, you can also spice up this sauce to make it taste just like your favorite store bought version. If you like a spicy sauce, add some Sriracha or Asian chili paste. For a sweeter sauce, add more honey to the recipe. If you love garlic or ginger, consider adding some extra. You can also add some sesame seeds to the mix and a touch of sesame oil to bring out more of a sesame flavor.

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  • Glass storage jars: I make a lot of homemade sauces and dressings and love using these small glass jars to store the sauces in the fridge.

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Healthy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

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  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp honey (or brown sugar)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 U clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch

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Add everything to a small sauce pan and whisk together.


Bring to a boil and stir well to make sure honey dissolves into the sauce. Turn heat down to medium and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce is thick and coats a spoon nicely. Taste and season if needed. Make sure to watch the sauce since it can burn quickly.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1.5 tbsp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 39
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 355mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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Earline Taylor
June 23, 2018 - 15:33
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You all have got to be kidding! The only way to make this sauce healthy is to switch out the soy sauce. 355 mgs of sodium for a tablespoon and a half is not healthy. People always fall for the word "healthy". That much sodium for so little is not "healthy". I am definitely going to switch out the soy sauce, either by making my own or using a sauce with a lot less milligrams of sodium. 4 stars is all I can give it, since the word "healthy" just don't fit this recipe.
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September 25, 2018 - 13:10
Coconut aminos is an awesome replacement for any recipe that call for soy sauce.
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