Ginger Teriyaki Sauce

Ginger Teriyaki Sauce Up close on spoon
Posted On: September 8, 2015
Last updated: May 14th, 2024

Teriyaki Sauce is a delicious accompaniment to many Asian inspired dishes, but it’s loaded with artificial sweeteners. I’ve had trouble buying it for years after reading disappointing ingredient and nutrition labels.  Making your own teriyaki sauce is quite simple. You’ll wonder why you haven’t made it this way before. You can enjoy teriyaki sauce without all extra added junk added.  The taste of this homemade sauce really trumps bottled teriyaki! Try it with my Ginger Teriyaki Meatballs or Teriyaki Chicken Bowl.

Teriyaki Sauce in bowl with ginger and chop sticks

My Teriyaki Sauce Take

I’m not claiming to mimic a traditional teriyaki sauce, but this recipe is an Asian inspired sauce that is healthier than a lot of store bought teriyaki sauces without excess sugar and sodium.  Adding bold flavor, like a bit more fresh grated ginger (not powdered) can please many palates.  Even my kids who love a good sugar-laden teriyaki sauce have told me numerous times to “put this on my website.” That is always a compliment coming from finicky eaters.

Asian sauce in bowl with ginger and sesame seeds on spoon

Gingery Goodness

This recipe is my take on a teriyaki recipe I found that seemed good, but had loads of sugar and sodium.  I’m always adjusting recipes, especially recipes like teriyaki that I know get a bad rap.  I halved the sugar, soy sauce (the big sodium bomb), added double the ginger, made a couple more slight adjustments to taste and voila…my recipe came to fruition and gets huge applause from all my guys at home.

I don’t recommend using ground ginger for this recipe unless you simply have no way of getting fresh ginger. It just won’t have the same punch.  Fresh grated ginger just brings so much depth of flavor to a sauce like this.  Plus, as you might know, ginger is so good for you; great for your gut, circulation and more.  And, of course, the flavor is a one of a kind earthy goodness.  If you don’t have quite enough fresh ginger then of course supplement with ground ginger.

Ginger Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients


You’ll find that this sauce is so flavorful that you really won’t need as much as you’re maybe used to pouring on from a store bought jar.  Whatever you’re serving this sauce with, a vegetable stir fry, meatballs or maybe a chicken dish, you will only need enough sauce to coat the food.  That’s my recommendation for serving and then if anyone wants a little more just serve it on the side and it can be spooned on as needed.  This would also make a great glaze for salmon. It’s a big YUM all the way around for whatever Asian type of dish you’d like to serve up.

Asian Sauce prep Steps on stove and in Pyrex

Ginger Teriyaki Sauce Up close on spoon

Ginger Teriyaki Sauce

Flavorful, gingery, slightly sweet and oh so delicious! You'll want to make this teriyaki sauce at home always. This Ginger Teriyaki Sauce recipe makes about 1 cup of sauce.  If you like more sauce or are doubling a dish, definitely double or triple the recipe.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8
Calories 37 kcal


  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger packed (if low on fresh ginger you can add some ginger powder, but I highly recommend fresh for maximum flavor)
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 Tbsp sesame seeds


  • In a small sauce pan combine soy sauce through vinegar and cook on medium heat till sugar dissolves.
  • Add ginger and stir.
  • Combine corn starch with only enough water to cover corn starch (I use a little dipping bowl or tiny ramekin for this) quickly stir with a fork and add to sauce mixture in pot.
  • Bring sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer on low for about 1-3 minutes, continuously stirring until sauce thickens.
  • Remove from heat, stir in sesame seeds and serve.


Try this sauce with my Ginger Teriyaki Meatballs…Delish!

Nutrition Disclaimer:

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate based on a third party nutritional plugin. Different online calculators may give different results depending on their own sources. The estimates may also change based on the ingredients you use. If you have dietary restrictions and need to accurately calculate the nutrition of this recipe, Whole Made Living recommends consulting a professional nutritionist.


Serving: 2TbspCalories: 37kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 289mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 0.04IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword ginger teriyaki sauce, homemade teriyaki sauce, teriyaki sauce recipe
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  • 5 stars
    Oh wow, this was absolutely perfect! I had discovered Keli’s Hawaiian sauces in the bottle but they aren’t available in my region… so I decided to give this a try. And it did not disappoint! I was worried maybe I would miss the extra sugar, sodium, etc but nope this was missing nothing! Thank you for an awesome recipe!

    • Great to hear, Christine! Glad you love it and it did not disappoint. This always makes me happy! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Katia, I was looking for a good homemade ginger teriyaki sauce for a dish I am making in the near future. As I was scrolling through the comments, I noticed your name. My niece has the same name. The spelling and pronunciation are the same,that is too cool! It is rare that we run into anyone with the same name as her. I will definately try this recipe out soon. It looks very delicious.

  • I made this tonight and it was delicious. Instead of cooking on the stove, I microwaved the mixture for 90 seconds and it came out perfect. Thank you!

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