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Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

If you thought teriyaki sauce could only be used in Asian cuisine, Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce might change your mind. Their premium-quality sauces go in various flavors and incorporate new depths to marinated or grilled foods.

Based on the naturally brewed soy sauce, this Teriyaki Sauce or dip is going to enhance the flavors of either fried, grilled, or braised meat or vegetables.

And today you’re going to learn how to cook this flavorful, salty but sweet, tangy but thick sauce in the comfort of your own kitchen in no time. We’ve prepared a super-easy-to-make Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce Recipe.

How to Make Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce

If you’re thinking you could just buy the Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce in a store and save yourself some time, forget it. Not an option. Nothing will taste as good as a homemade Teriyaki Sauce with a lip-smacking taste and a texture you’ll never get out of the bottle-bought.

Besides, making this Teriyaki Sauce from scratch requires only a handful of pantry staples and under 15 minutes of your time. It’s so cost-effective that you’ll definitely want to keep this recipe on hand all year round.

Here’s what you need for this stand-alone Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce.

Ingredients:

(1 serving)

  • 6 ounces sake
  • 9 ounces mirin
  • 12 ounces soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1″ fresh ginger

Instructions:

This homemade Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce is a versatile sauce you can use for marinating, glazing, coating, or dipping. And what makes it so special is not only its pure and fresh sweet-savory flavor, but also its texture.

It might seem that nothing could be simpler than whipping up a Teriyaki Sauce. However, you have to carefully cook it over medium heat to reach the right syrupy texture, as close to the original as possible.

So, follow along for useful tips.

Step 1:

Turn the heat to medium and add all ingredients, except the water and cornstarch, to a small saucepan. Stir vigorously until the sugar has dissolved and the Teriyaki Sauce is mixed evenly.

Step 2:

Add the water and cornstarch to a small bowl and stir to combine. This prevents the formation of cornstarch lumps.
Then, take 3 tablespoons of the Teriyaki Sauce from the pan and add it to the cornstarch mixture. Stir to mix.

Step 3:

Once it is combined, add this mixture from the bowl to the saucepan, whisk it, and maintain the heat until the sauce thickens. Keep a close eye on the sauce as it could simmer very quickly — so be ready to turn down the heat at any moment. It might take from 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the saucepan you’re using.

Once you’ve reached the right thick texture, remove the Teriyaki Sauce from the heat and leave it to cool.

Step 4:

Once cooled, pour it into a bottle or an airtight container and use it on grilled or fried veggies and meat. They will taste like nothing you have tried before!

Ingredient Substitution

Depending on your preference for the texture or the salty or sweet flavors of the sauce, there is room for some adjustments in the Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce Recipe.

At the same time, you shouldn’t go for too complex changes since you might end up with a totally different Japanese sauce.

Nevertheless, here’s what you can substitute in the Teriyaki Sauce recipe.

White wine

Mirin is what gives your Teriyaki Sauce a lovely sheen. It is quite similar to sake, but it has a higher sugar content which adds sweetness to the sauce.

However, if you don’t have it at hand, white wine is a decent substitute, but only as long as you don’t use any wine that is too sweet. You should rather go with a medium-dry or dry wine with a little bit of sugar to mimic the sweetness of the mirin.

Rice wine vinegar

Sake is an alcoholic drink with a lovely deep flavor that burns off during cooking. And since it is made from fermented rice, you can easily replace it with rice wine vinegar.

Rice wine vinegar will add similar sweetness and umami flavor to the Teriyaki Sauce, but with a more slightly acidic taste. 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar goes for every 1/4 cup of sake.

What to Serve with Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce

The versatility of the Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce makes it ideal not only for pairing with different dishes but for marinating before cooking.

This Teriyaki Sauce adds a special dimension to all foods: cooked in a pan, on the barbecue, or in the oven. It works well with grilled meats, all kinds of chicken, beef, pork, and even vegetables.

Here’s what we recommend pairing with the Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce.

Chicken

Teriyaki chicken is probably one of the most common uses for Teriyaki Sauce. It is a perfect combination for a healthy and delicious mid-week meal. And the best thing is you don’t need to marinate your chicken in it.

Just pan-fry your chicken until golden brown in a preheated pan, pour in the Teriyaki Sauce, and allow it to bubble and thicken. Same works for chicken wings. It is finger-lickin’ good!

Noodles

If you favor Japanese take-out, you’ve probably tried ordering noodles. However, do you know how good they taste if you make Teriyaki noodles at home?

It makes for an easy meal such as a light dinner or lunch. It is also packed with healthy vegetables which work well for a cookout or even a BBQ. Nothing could taste bad with this homemade Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce. So, give it a try.

How to Reheat Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce

You don’t have to reheat store-bought sauces, as they can last perfectly in the bottle. However, this is not the case for homemade sauces.

Since we use cornstarch for thickening purposes, there is a small chance your Teriyaki Sauce will get a jelly-like texture when stored for too long.

So, to reheat it just place it in the saucepan over low heat and let it simmer. If it did get jelly-like, try adding some soy sauce and stir occasionally.

How to Store Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce

Usually, a bottle of Teriyaki Sauce can sit at room temperature, but its overall flavor will decline faster than if stored in the fridge. Also, Kikkoman recommends storing their sauce in the fridge.

However, there are a few setbacks to the homemade sauce.

Store Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce in a Fridge

When it comes to homemade Teriyaki Sauce, you should definitely refrigerate it. No shelf storage option for this sauce, as it will last much longer in the fridge.

However, if you use a bottle for storage, remember to keep the rim clean.

Store Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce in a Freezer

Is freezing Teriyaki Sauce even a thing? — is probably what you’re thinking right now. Well, in the case of the store-bought sauce it is not. But if you want to store your homemade Teriyaki Sauce you can, with just a few tricks.

It’s important to point out that freezing doesn’t work well for all homemade Teriyaki Sauces. Depending on the texture, they might not freeze well. So, try freezing a small amount first.

If it freezes well, use an ice cube tray to freeze large batches of sauce. Once the cubes are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag.

For freezing larger amounts, freeze the Teriyaki Sauce in a small container or even a muffin tin.

kikkoman teriyaki sauce recipe

Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

This versatile Kikkoman Teriyaki Sauce recipe goes well on meat, veggies, and seafood. It is sweet and salty, tangy and thick, all at the same time. Use it for glazing, marinating, or dipping, and you will never go wrong.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 1
Calories 112 kcal
Equipment
  • saucepan
  • bowl
  • whisk
Ingredients
  
  • 6 ounces sake
  • 9 ounces mirin
  • 12 ounces soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1" fresh ginger
Instructions
 
  • Turn the heat to medium and add all ingredients, except the water and cornstarch, to a small saucepan. Stir vigorously until the sugar has dissolved and the Teriyaki Sauce is mixed evenly.
  • Add the water and cornstarch to a small bowl and stir to combine. This prevents the formation of cornstarch lumps. Then, take 3 tablespoons of the Teriyaki Sauce from the pan and add it to the cornstarch mixture. Stir to mix.
  • Once it is combined, add this mixture from the bowl to the saucepan, whisk it, and maintain on the heat until the sauce thickens. Keep a close eye on the sauce as it could simmer very quickly — so be ready to turn down the heat at any moment. It might take from 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the saucepan you’re using. Once you’ve reached the right thick texture, remove the Teriyaki Sauce from the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Once cooled, pour it into a bottle or an airtight container and use it on grilled or fried veggies and meat. They will taste as nothing you have tried before!
Nutrition
Calories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 1171mgSugar: 16g

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