teriyaki sauce pouring from spoon into dish of sauce
The Trio Of Ingredients You Should Have For A Teriyaki Sauce Base
You only need three ingredients to make teriyaki sauce: soy sauce, sugar or honey, and mirin, AKA Japanese rice wine. These supply the sauce's saltiness, sweetness, and acidity.
Unlike ready-made teriyaki sauce, you can tweak and customize a homemade sauce to your liking. For example, you can include additional seasonings to suit your palate.
One tablespoon of pre-made teriyaki sauce contains more than 600 milligrams of sodium, so you can also cut down on the salt for a more balanced and less sodium-heavy version.
Try spicing up your teriyaki sauce with chili paste or hot sauce. Add a rich kick of sesame oil or even some pungent wasabi for an entirely different flavor profile.
Use the finished sauce to baste grilled chicken or shrimp, drizzle over steamed rice or veggies, or use as a component in other kinds of marinades, sauces, and salad dressings.