How to make teriyaki sauce for stir fry

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How to make teriyaki sauce for stir fry
Teriyaki sauce is made of soy sauce, sugar and mirin or sake. (stir fry image by Paul Mitchell from

Make your own Japanese food with teriyaki sauce from scratch and save money on buying pre-made items. The sauce, which is generally used to marinade food, can even be used as a dip. Add your homemade teriyaki sauce to stir fries or brush it on meat for a distinct flavour. Teriyaki sauce can be made with varying different ingredients to create a nuanced flavour, but there are some basic components that most cooks use.

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Things you need

  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Mirin
  • 1/2 cup Sake

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  1. 1

    Put all of your ingredients in a pan and turn the stove on low or medium heat. Different recipes use different ratios for each ingredient, however, No Recipes suggests using equal amounts of each and sweetening the mixture with honey instead of sugar.

  2. 2

    Simmer the sauce for about five minutes. The sauce should be left on the heat until it is thick.

  3. 3

    Take the pan off the heat and add the sauce to a stir fry. You can also let the sauce cool and use it later on.

Tips and warnings

  • Thicken the sauce with cornstarch. Some recipes advise adding a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch dissolved in water. If you are planning to use cornstarch, constantly stir the mixture to prevent lumps.
  • Add ginger. A teaspoon of freshly grated ginger can add a zing to the sauce.
  • Use garlic. In some versions of teriyaki sauce, a clove of crushed garlic is introduced into the mix.

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