Teriyaki Sauce Homemade now gives you the chance to make your own homemade teriyaki sauce. This article will walk you through the process of making this yummy sauce by explaining various things that go into a successful teriyaki sauce recipe. It will also give you a few tips on what to keep in mind when making this type of sauce.
Homemade teriyaki sauce is very easy to make
Ingredients to prepare to make Teriyaki Sauce Homemade
Homemade teriyaki sauce is a very simple recipe, and you should have most of the ingredients at home already. The main ingredient will be soy sauce. I highly suggest that you use Japanese-style soy sauce instead of Chinese style. The Chinese version is saltier, has a thicker consistency, and provides more pronounced flavors than the Japanese version. The reason you want to use Japanese soy sauce in your homemade teriyaki sauce is that it will give your homemade teriyaki that distinct flavor only found in high-quality Japanese cuisine. If you cannot find this type of soy sauce, then feel free to substitute it with the Chinese version, but make sure that it’s not too watered down as this can ruin the balance of your recipe by making it too salty.
The main ingredients that I usually use are:
- 1 cup soy sauce (I prefer sweet cooking soy sauce – use less salt or tamari if you have gout).
- 1 cup water.
- 1/2 cup sugar.
- 3 tbsp mirin (sweet sake).
To prepare the cooking ingredients above, simply pour it into a medium-sized pot and place it on your stovetop. Turn on your burner and let the mixture begin to boil. Be sure to stir the mixture as soon as you turn your stovetop on. I recommend using a wooden spoon when making this recipe as opposed to a metal spoon because the metal will scratch your non-stick pot or pan, and you will end up with lumps of burnt metal in your sauce that way.
Ingredients for Teriyaki Sauce Homemade
Directions for Teriyaki Sauce Homemade
- Combine soy sauce, sugar, and water in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring the mixture to a boil for several minutes until the mixture begins to thicken and forms ribbons when you stir it with your spoon.
- Add mirin and continue cooking for another two minutes.
- Continue stirring every few seconds so that the sauce does not burn on the bottom of the pan.
- Continue cooking until your homemade teriyaki sauce is thickened, about 10-15 minutes or more depending on how thin you made it in step #1 (always check on it thoroughly halfway through cooking).
- Pour the sauce into a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap to preserve the heat.
If you want your homemade teriyaki sauce to be spicier, leave out the sugar and add more soy sauce to the taste. If you want your homemade teriyaki sauce to be sweeter, add more mirin or sweet sake to taste.
Directions for Teriyaki Sauce Homemade
How to thicken Teriyaki Sauce Homemade
If your homemade teriyaki sauce comes out too thin for your liking, follow these suggestions:
- Add more sugar. Be sure that you are not adding too much sugar as this can cause the recipe to come out too sweet and ruin the taste of your homemade teriyaki sauce. To fix this problem, add more soy sauce and mirin to balance the flavor of your recipe.
- Add less water in step #1 and separate all of the ingredients into two batches and cook them individually. This way you will be able to control the amount of water in each batch which will give you more control over how thick or thin your sauce is.
- The sauce should be cooked for a shorter amount of time. You can do this by cooking the sauce for less than 10 minutes if you don’t want your homemade teriyaki sauce to be too thin and saving it for later or cooking it for a longer amount of time so the mixture will thicken up some more and get a better consistency.
Thicken Teriyaki Sauce Homemade
How to make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce spicy
In order to make the homemade teriyaki sauce recipe spicy, you will want to add a couple of teaspoons of ground red pepper. I prefer cayenne pepper because it has a very strong flavor to it. You’ll have to be careful with the amount of pepper you use though because too much will ruin your sauce and leave the taste too bitter for you.
The steps include:
- Place 2 teaspoons of ground red pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
- Add 1 tsp of white vinegar and stir it up.
- Add your homemade teriyaki sauce to the bowl and stir well until all of the ingredients are combined together.
Make Homemade Teriyaki Sauce spicy
Tips on how to make Teriyaki Sauce Homemade
Here are some tips that I’ve picked up from cooking this recipe and others like it:
- You can always use less soy sauce in this recipe if you find that your homemade teriyaki sauce is too salty for your liking. If you want saltier teriyaki sauce, be sure to use less water, and cook the sauce for a longer amount of time.
- When adding the mirin and sugar to your homemade teriyaki recipe, it’s best to add them at the end. Adding them at the beginning can cause the sugar to burn on the bottom of your pot and ruin your sauce.
- Be sure that you stir constantly when cooking this recipe. This way you will avoid burning any of your ingredients on the bottom of your pot or ruining your homemade teriyaki recipe by forgetting about it completely.
- Avoid cooking this recipe for too long. You will ruin your sauce if you overcook it.
- If your homemade teriyaki sauce is too thick for a thicker consistency, add more water to the mixture in step #4 until it has the consistency that you want.
Teriyaki Sauce Homemade is so simple to make and it tastes absolutely amazing. It adds a little something extra to any meal that you feed it to though by making the dish taste like the authentic Japanese restaurant – only better!
Teriyaki sauce is absolutely delicious, and all you need is a few ingredients you should always have in the kitchen to make this sauce. This homemade teriyaki sauce recipe does not contain any MSG or preservatives, and there are no hidden ingredients in this recipe that could ruin your health.