Make Your Own Teriyaki Sauce

Don't go buying a bottle of Teriyaki sauce from the store, when you have all the ingredients to make your own already at home and it'll only take you 2 minutes!

There are a ton of recipes out there, but many of them call for ingredients that your average family on a budget may not have on hand.  The recipe I'm sharing today is a great recipe with handy ingredients. Plus you can control the ingredients!  You can easily reduce the sodium (by using low sodium soy sauce), reduce the sugar, no MSG or other additives and chemicals. Also, you can easily use it as a base recipe if you'd like and add more ingredients to it, but it is great as is.

Today I used it as a marinade along with some pineapple chunks and a packet of onion soup mix for some Pork Butt Steaks, that we threw on the grill after Church:

Look for a bonus idea using the pineapple at the bottom of the post!  (Who doesn't like 2 for 1?)

Teriyaki Sauce:


1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
3-4 Tablespoons Ketchup


Mix all ingredients together till brown sugar is dissolved. Pour over meat as a marinade or in your recipe as called for.  Makes 3/4 Cup.

Jan's tip: Reserve some of the sauce before pouring over raw meat as a marinade, so you can use it to pour over the cooked meat as a glaze or for dipping as needed.


Here's a quick and easy side dish if you are grilling.  I opened a can of pineapple chunks to use with the marinade.  Toss in a few chunks and save the rest to throw on the grill! I used  some cute grilling baskets, but even in a  packet of nonstick sprayed foil will do the trick.  Grilled pineapple brings out the sweetness and is a refreshing dessert or side dish with the meat.


  1. I also add some ginger paste and chopped green onions to my marinade, and I use pureed oranges instead of sugar. Mine might taste different, but we like it. When I make teriyaki chicken we always do a side dish of ham fried rice or steamed rice, garlic green beans and japanese pickles. The pickles just depend on what my mom made that week (she is japanese and has all these great pickles that she makes). You can also use the citrus soy if you have that on hand.

    1. I love your additions! And.... you've made me hungry! :)
      I've never heard of citrus soy, I am completely intrigued!
      Thanks as always you have wonderful tips!

  2. tried this tonight but omitted the water and used turkey broth instead, which was yielded from making turkey meatballs that I used with this sauce (bread crumbs, egg, ground turkey, pepper to taste - boiled to 170 degrees). I wanted the sauce to be a bit thicker so I added a dash of tapioca starch with gluten free flour then put it on medium heat until it bubbled before adding the cooked meatballs to mix. Went well with brown rice and steamed carrots. Thanks! I would cut back on the soy sauce and brown sugar, but that's a matter of preference, despite having a sweet tooth. I would imagine it may be because I didn't add water to this sauce.

    1. I love the changes! My hubby is diabetic and finds it a bit too sweet also. I do have to play with the quanitites some to get it just right for him.


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