Every pantry should have this homemade Vegan Teriyaki Sauce. This 10-minute recipe calls for just six simple ingredients. Whether drizzled on sushi rolls or tossed in a stir fry, teriyaki is sweet, savoury, and downright delicious.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick & Easy. With just 10 minutes and a handful of ingredients, you can whip up this delectable sauce all in one pot.
- Better Than Store-Bought. By making homemade teriyaki sauce, you can control the level of sweetness, thus avoiding the excessive sweetness found in most store-bought options.
- Versatile. This flavorful sauce adds a delicious touch to every dish, from sushi rolls to glazed tofu and stir-fry creations.
Is teriyaki sauce vegan?
While most teriyaki sauces are vegan-friendly, it’s essential to check the recipe or brand as some may include animal-derived ingredients, such as honey, for added sweetness. However, rest assured that this teriyaki recipe is vegan-friendly!
What does teriyaki sauce taste like?
Teriyaki sauce has a rich and savoury flavour with a perfect balance of sweet and salty notes. Its umami taste is due to the combination of soy sauce, mirin (sweet rice wine), and sugar.
(pictured above is my Spicy Tofu Crunch Roll drizzled with this Teriyaki Sauce)
- Soy Sauce – I used Kikkoman regular soy sauce for that signature savoury taste.
- Sugar – Use granulated sugar for sweetness.
- Mirin (Sweet Rice Wine) – Adds a glossy finish and imparts a subtle sweetness contributing to that authentic umami Japanese taste.
- Ginger – I used freshly minced ginger, which adds an aromatic flavour to this sauce.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Contributes acidity, which helps balance the sweetness and richness of the other ingredients.
- Cornstarch – Plays a vital role by serving as a thickening agent, lending a desirable viscosity and texture to the sauce.
1. Combine all teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small pot or saucepan, whisking to ensure the cornstarch dissolves.
2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to medium and simmer while stirring for 5-6 minutes until it slightly thickens.
3. Remove from heat, noting that it will further reduce upon cooling. Let it cool completely before transferring it to a lidded glass jar or sealed container. Refrigerate for up to one week.
How To Use
As a drizzle – I love adding teriyaki sauce over these sushi rolls for extra flavour.
Perfect for dipping – With dumplings, spring rolls or your favourite Asian appetizers.
In a marinade – Consider reducing or omitting cornstarch for a thinner sauce consistency. Use with tofu, tempeh, soy curls and even vegetables like zucchini or bell peppers.
As a stir-fry sauce – Toss it with your favourite noodles, vegetables and plant protein for a quick and tasty meal.
Spicy Teriyaki Sauce: This version adds heat to the sauce by incorporating ingredients like chili flakes, Sriracha, or hot sauce.
Garlic Teriyaki Sauce: Infused with fresh garlic adds a zesty and aromatic element to the sauce.
Orange Teriyaki Sauce: This variation brings a tangy and refreshing twist to the traditional teriyaki flavour by incorporating citrus juice like orange.
Sesame Teriyaki Sauce: Toasted sesame oil or sesame seeds are added to the sauce, giving it a nutty and aromatic profile.
These variations enable customizable teriyaki sauce to match your preferences or mood. 😄
- Fridge: Let it cool completely before transferring it to a lidded glass jar or sealed container. Refrigerate for up to one week.
- Freezer: Divide into small portions using freezer bags or an ice cube tray and freeze this sauce for up to 3 months.
- Thaw: Either refrigerate it overnight or use the microwaves defrost setting, stirring occasionally, until it liquefies.
Frequently Asked Questions
While soy sauce is a key ingredient in traditional teriyaki sauce, you can experiment with alternative options like tamari or gluten-free soy sauce.
Yes, you can increase the cornstarch in the recipe if you prefer a thicker consistency. Conversely, if you prefer a thinner sauce, you can reduce the thickening agent or thin it with a splash of water.
Definitely! I recommend preparing more of this sauce and storing it in an airtight container or jar. It remains fresh for up to a week, perfect for meal prepping. This versatile sauce enhances the flavour of a wide range of dishes,
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Vegan Teriyaki Sauce
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup mirin
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tbsp minced ginger
- 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- Combine all teriyaki sauce ingredients in a small pot or saucepan, whisking to ensure the cornstarch dissolves.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to medium and simmer while stirring for 5-6 minutes until it slightly thickens.
- Remove from heat, noting that it will further reduce upon cooling. Let it cool completely before transferring it to a glass jar with a lid or sealed container. It yields about 1 cup of sauce.
- Adjust the sauce thickness to your preference by adding more cornstarch or a splash of water to thin it.
- To make spicy teriyaki sauce add 1/2 to 1 tsp of red chili flakes or Sriracha to taste.
- How to store, cool completely, transfer to a jar with a lid or airtight container and refrigerate for a week.