Homemade Teriyaki Sauce with Pantry Staples

You’ve gotta try this homemade teriyaki sauce. It tastes like the sweet, sour, rich sauce you know and love but uses only ingredients you already have at home. No special grocery trip required!

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce that uses ingredients you have at home.

Recently on The Cookful, the other website that I run, we’ve been talking about Chicken Wings. All chicken wings all the time. It’s been a really fun series. We’ve covered how to cut whole wings, how to bake chicken wings that are super crispy, beers to pair with wings, how to make boneless wings and so much more. There are more wing articles coming too, a whole week’s worth.

All About Chicken Wings at The Cookful

When we were doing the recipe-testing for the wing series, there were a lot of wings in this house to eat. I started experimenting with different sauces to toss them with. I really wanted to make a teriyaki sauce but a lot of the recipes I found online had ingredients that I didn’t have, like rice wine. I decided to make a version that uses things I always have in my pantry. This teriyaki recipe was born!

It’s made out of soy sauce, water, regular white vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, ground ginger and cornstarch. First you make a paste out of the cornstarch and some water. Then you mix that with everything else in a small saucepan. Heat it to a boil and simmer it until it’s thick. Toss it with wings or use it in a stir fry. It so sweet and tangy, rich and good. I know you’ll love it!

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce


  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon water, divided
  • 1/2 cup low -sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. ground ginger


  1. In a small saucepan mix together the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of the water. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir. Heat over medium-high until it reaches a boil, stirring often. Reduce to a simmer and cook stirring occasionally until thick.

One Response to “Homemade Teriyaki Sauce with Pantry Staples”

  1. Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 27, 2016 @ 11:19 pm (#)

    I had NO IDEA it was so easy to make at home!! 

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