Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce

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Make this easy Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce recipe with fresh ginger, garlic, and honey for a use-on-anything stir-fry sauce or glaze for grilled chicken, steak, veggies, and more.  

close up on a bottle of teriyaki sauce with fresh ginger on the side

Best Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

If you love the flavor of teriyaki dishes, from classic Teriyaki Chicken to veggies, to creative dishes like Turkey Meatballs, you’re going to want to keep this sauce in the fridge at all times. It has a fresh, vibrant flavor that you just can’t get from store-bought sauces that are full of preservatives and added oils. This homemade version is light and just spicy enough, with the perfect pourable texture to season your favorite Asian-inspired dishes.

You can use this gluten-free sauce to add a nice color and savory flavor to grilled chicken or steak. Or add some to a skillet of stir-fried vegetables and noodles for a fast weeknight recipe. Really, there’s no wrong time to put this delicious homemade sauce to work!

overhead of a glass jar with teriayki sauce topped with sesame seeds

Why You’ll Love This Sauce

If you’re someone who loves to have jarred sauces in the fridge to instantly add flavor to your dinner, why not make your own?

  • Easy to make and store. This sweet, sticky, and savory sauce is easy to make in a big batch and stores well in the fridge.
  • Versatile. You can pop it out to add teriyaki flavor to your favorite noodle dishes, stir-fries, or to glaze proteins. It’s a truly versatile sauce to return to again and again.
  • Easy to make gluten free. Not many teriyaki sauces you can hget at the store are gluten free. But you cane make this without gluten by using gluten free soy sauce or tamari.
spoon drizzling teriyaki sauce over grilled steak skewers.

What You’ll Need

You don’t need a long list of ingredients to prepare this Asian-inspired sauce. Here’s what you need:

  • Light brown sugar, which melts into a caramel-like syrup to sweeten the sauce.
  • Soy sauce, but remeber that some soy sauce is made with what. So be sure to use gluten-free soy sauce or tamari.
  • Rice wine vinegar, which adds a bright, acidic note to cut some of the sweetness.
  • Honey, a natural sweetener that builds a syrupy body.
  • Garlic: use fresh garlic for the best flavor.
  • Ginger to add a bit of peppery spice that tastes fresh.
  • Cornstarch to lightly thicken your sauce into a spoonable texture.
  • Toasted sesame oil for a nice nutty undertone.
  • Sesame seeds for crunchy garnish.
ingredients for gluten-free teriyaki sauce in small bowls, including soy sauce, brown sugar, honey and ginger

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce

This recipe comes together in a single saucepan on the stove.

Mix everything together: In a small saucepan, whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic ginger, cornstarch slurry and sesame oil over medium heat.

Thicken the sauce: Bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly to avoid burning and help the sugar dissolve fully. Boil the sauce for 2 to 3 minutes, until it becomes syrupy.

Tips for Success

Here are a few quick tips to make perfect teriyaki sauce from the get-go:

  • Avoid going above medium heat on the stove to prevent the sugars in the sauce from scorching.
  • Likewise, whisk the sauce constantly when it’s over the heat to make sure nothing burns.
  • It’s important that the sauce comes to a full boil to cook off any raw starch flavor from the cornstarch slurry.
  • Make sure you let the sauce cool fully before storage.
45 degree overhead of a jar of gluten free teriyaki sauce with ginger

How to Use Teriyaki Sauce

This versatile sauce can add sweet and savory flavor to dozens of recipes. It’s essential for Teriyaki Steak Skewers and Teriyaki Shrimp. But it’s delicious with so much more!

Add more of that savory, sticky goodness to any Asian-inspired dish. Drizzle it over these:

Give other favorites a dip:

Jazz up your veggies to make them even more delicious:

glass jar of gluten-free teriyaki sauce with fresh ginger and garlic

Storage

You can use the sauce fresh from the stove or transfer it to an airtight container or jar. It will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Can I Freeze Teriyaki Sauce?

Yes, you can freeze this sauce. Make sure it cools fully to room temperature. Then transfer the sauce to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to three months. When you want to use it, let the sauce defrost in the fridge overnight.

Looking down into a glass bottle of teriyaki sauce with a spoon in it.
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Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce

Make this easy Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce recipe with fresh ginger, garlic, and honey for a use-on-anything stir-fry sauce or glaze for grilled chicken, steak, veggies, and more.  
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 5 Tbsp gluten free soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 4 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1- inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 4 tablespoons cold water to form a slurry
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  • Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, garlic, ginger, cornstarch slurry, and sesame oil to a medium skillet.
  • Cook over medium heat until it reaches a full boil, and then continue boiling until thickened slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes, whisking constantly.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 55 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 630mg26%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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2 Comments
  1. Sarah Parry

    I’ve made this twice now and love it!! I doubled the recipe so I could use as a marinade for my chicken and to put on top of my rice bowl. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure!

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