I love the flavor of teriyaki. It’s a nice and safe choice – when it comes to all kinds of things. Stir fry. Beef jerky. Marinades for pork and chicken. I love it when making chicken fried rice. If I go to a Chinese restaurant and there isn’t a clear choice, teriyaki it is!
So I love making it at home, so that I have some on hand when I need it. There’s a variety of reasons that you make a homemade version instead of a store-bought version. For some, it’s about choosing the quality of the ingredients. For others, it’s about reducing costs. For me, it’s about controlling the taste. When I make it myself, I can make it as sweet as I want. I can use more or less garlic. I can add more pepper, if I want. I can make it as thin or thick as desired. That’s why I make this sauce homemade instead of buying it at the store.
I’ve gotten the recipe just the way I like it – nice and thick. Sweet, but not overly so. We like it so much that I make a big batch at a time and store it in 1/2 – 1 cup portions in the freezer. It lasts for a good long time there, but we go through it so quickly! It makes meals come together quickly, which I love!
To make 1/2 cup (about what I use for 1 meal for a family of 4):
- 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 tablespoon cold water
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/8 cup rice vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
- black pepper to taste
To make 4 cups (a big batch):
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 cups soy sauce (about a whole 15 ounce bottle)
- 1 cup rice vinegar
- 8 cloves garlic, minced (4 teaspoons)
- black pepper to taste
In a small saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water until smooth and no lumps. Then, whisk in the sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and ground black pepper.
Bring to a boil over medium heat then reduce it and simmer until thickens.
To freeze it, wait until room temperature (or cooled in frig), then place in storage container in smaller portions. I do 1-cup portions as most of the recipes I make take 1/2 cup. When I take out a portion, I'll usually make 2 recipes that week with it. We love it!
Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She coupons, price matches and meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.