Teriyaki sauce without honey is a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. Any dish can be enhanced with this ingredient. The sauce is traditionally served with fish, but you can also use it on other meats and vegetables. You can even use it as a dipping sauce for your favorite sushi!
Teriyaki sauce without honey
Ingredients for teriyaki sauce without honey
- ¼ cup soy sauce.
- ¼ cup sugar.
- Use 2 tablespoons of mirin (sweet rice wine).
- 1 teaspoon oil.
- Sliced into bite-size pieces, 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
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Directions for teriyaki sauce without honey
- In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sugar, mirin, and oil.
- In a large bowl, add chicken pieces and marinade from Step 1. After 30 minutes or overnight, place in the refrigerator.
- Heat reserved marinade in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering and reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Occasionally stir the mixture to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
- Lay chicken pieces on your favorite grill-able surface (grill it over medium heat). Grill for about 4 minutes/side or until the internal temperature reads 160 degrees F or higher with an instant-read thermometer (you can also use a frying pan). The temperature will rise by a few degrees, so don’t overcook!
- Serve chicken with teriyaki sauce pouring from over top.
Directions for teriyaki sauce without honey
Cooking notes for teriyaki sauce without honey
- The sauce is very versatile. It’s used to flavor dishes from all over the world, but it’s especially popular in East Asia. It also goes well with fish, tofu, and pickles.
- Soy sauce or tamari can be used in place of mirin if you prefer a sweeter sauce without honey and your budget permits.
- Tempeh or tofu can be substituted for chicken if you prefer (it will require a longer cooking time).
- You can substitute the chicken with shrimp, pork, beef, or octopus (the timing of grilling will change accordingly).
- You can also use this sauce for stir-fries, over rice noodles, or steamed vegetables.
Additional pieces of information for teriyaki sauce without honey
- If you can’t find mirin, look for it in the Asian section of your neighborhood grocery store. If you still can’t find it, don’t worry! You can easily make a suitable substitute by combining 1 tbsp sugar with 1 tbsp sake (rice wine) over medium heat until melted and combined.
- Gluten-free folks may want to use tamari instead of soy sauce to avoid gluten contamination issues (ditto for the sake/mirin substitution).
- You might notice that this recipe calls for a different kind of soy sauce than most recipes out there. That’s because this recipe uses Kikkoman Soy Sauce. It’s the same kind of soy sauce that’s found in most Asian groceries.
- There are two kinds of mirin: sweet and dry. Sweet mirin is made by fermenting sugar cane juice and contains more than 5 percent alcohol, while dry mirin is made from fermented rice and contains less than 0.5 percent alcohol like your ordinary wine. This recipe uses dry mirins since they work great in savory dishes without their sweetness overpowering the other flavors. If you want a sweeter sauce, consider using sweet mirin instead of this “dry” variety.
- More than one flavor gets lost when the sauce is reduced by half, so you should add about 1/2 to 1 cup of rice vinegar for each cup of sauce.
- You can also use this sauce for dipping other foods like chicken tenders or fish sticks, or even tofu. Just be sure to dust them with cornstarch first (and set aside) before adding them to the pan!
- You can use regular honey in this recipe if you prefer it over the powdered version (just remember that it tastes different from normal honey and you’ll probably want to add more sugar).
- If you have extra sauce, keep it in a covered container in your refrigerator for up to one week. The frozen product can also be stored for several months.
- Cooling will result in a thickening of the sauce. Add a little water or chicken stock to thin it out if you need to before serving it (you’ll just need to heat the sauce through before serving).
- This recipe requires no added oil because the marinade has oil already added to it.
- Substitute the chicken with pork or shrimp if you prefer, but keep in mind that the timing for cooking will change depending on what you choose!
Store the sauce in the refrigerator
There are many ways to make teriyaki sauce without honey. This particular recipe calls for soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. The sauce is great with chicken and other meats, but it can also be used to flavor tofu and vegetables. Serve this easy recipe at your next dinner party!
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