Teriyaki sauce is so very simple to make and tastes absolutely delicious on beef, chicken, pork, veggies, and more! It only takes a few ingredients and 10 minutes to make up a batch you can use again and again!
1/4teaspooncrushed red pepper flakesor 1-2 teaspoons sriracha sauce, to taste
3tablespoonscorn starch+ 1/4 cup water or soy sauce, see note
In a medium sauce pan, combine soy sauce, water, rice vinegar sugar, ginger, red pepper flakes (or sriracha sauce), and garlic and give it a good stir.
Bring heat up to medium, whisking occasionally until sauce comes to a boil.
Stir corn starch into water (or soy sauce) and whisk into boiling sauce. Continue to stir as sauce thickens.
Stir in sesame seeds. Serve with your favorite Asian-inspired dish or allow to cool before storing in airtight container in fridge for later use (see notes for "leftovers"). Enjoy!
About that sugar: this is my favorite - though maybe not the most super duper healthy version as it calls for 1 cup of sugar - teriyaki sauce. Just remember this makes a pretty big batch of sauce and you'll be dividing it between many servings so maybe that 1 cup isn't quite as intense as it seems! To lighten this up a bit, feel free to scale back the sugar to your own preference. The ginger: I definitely recommend using the ground ginger if you have it on hand, BUT I want to let you know that I have run out before (gasp) and made this sauce without the ginger and it was still fantastic! Corn starch slurry: I used to thicken this teriyaki sauce by dissolving the corn starch into 1/3 cup soy sauce, but in an attempt to make it a smidge healthier I've recently been swapping out the soy sauce and using water instead and it tastes delicious with just a slightly less intense flavor. So either works, water or soy sauce - just go with your gut on this one. Leftovers: this sauce keeps well in an airtight container up to two weeks in the fridge, or even longer in the freezer. To reheat, stir over medium-low heat on stove top, or microwave in a heat-safe, uncovered container in 30 second increments.