My family loves the sweet and tangy taste of Teriyaki Sauce. In fact, whenever possible I will order Teriyaki at a restaurant too. This Homemade Sauce is ideal and so much better than anything you would buy in the stores.

While I do enjoy bottled here and there, this recipe is so easy and quick that I prefer making it myself.

4 Servings | Perfect as a Sauce | 6 Qt Instant Pot

Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

With only 6 ingredients this Teriyaki Sauce recipe is easy to throw together and because it’s homemade, you know exactly what’s going in it! 

You can make this Teriyaki Sauce on the stove top and inside of your Instant Pot depending on your preference. As you can imagine, it’s a little quicker in the Instant Pot (under 10 minutes).

How to make Teriyaki Sauce in glass measuring cup

Easy to Make

How many times do you run to the store or eat a bland dinner because you wanted a teriyaki glazed dish and the bottle you thought was in the fridge, was long gone? 

I can’t be the only one to think something is there and plan a meal only to realize you have to make a sudden last minute change?

With this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe you can laugh at those stressful moments and enjoy your meal the way you planned.

You may even find that you enjoy your meal better this way!

This has happened to me more than I care to admit. It’s a joke in the house and making Teriyaki is always a option when I’m missing ingredients for other recipes.

Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients
Teriyaki Sauce

With only 6 ingredients, this recipe is so quick and easy to throw together while veggies are sautéing, or chicken is grilling. 

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce really only takes 10 minutes (on the stove, even less in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker)

Ingredients for Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tbls Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbls Honey *Heaping
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbls Corn Starch
Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce ~ Stove Top Directions

  1. In a sauce pan combine water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger and garlic.  In a separate bowl mix 1/4 cup water with corn starch and add to your sauce pan.  Over medium/high head stir constantly. 
  2. As it gets warmer you will notice as you scrape the bottom of the pan the sauce getting thicker.  Keep stirring!  Soon the dark liquid will turn more opaque and thicken. 
  3. Bring to a slow rolling boil and allow to boil for 2 minutes.  Then remove from heat.  Sauce will thicken as it cools.  Store excess sauce in the refrigerator for later use.

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce ~Instant Pot Directions

  1. Dump COLD water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, ginger and garlic in your Instant Pot and stir.
  2. In a separate bowl mix 1/4 cup COLD water with 2 Tbs cornstarch and add it to the Instant Pot at stir.
  3. Close the lid and set to Manual (Pressure Cook) High for 0 (Zero) minutes. Yes you read that right. Use the -/+ button and adjust down to 0. The Instant Pot will pressure up cooking the sauce and then stop.
  4. Release the pressure and open the lid and stir. Don’t forget to unplug or turn your Instant Pot off. You don’t need any more heat on the sauce. It’s the perfect thickness and ready to eat.
How to make Teriyaki Sauce and Noodles


Can I make Teriyaki Sauce in the Instant Pot?

Yes you can and it’s a very quick way to make homemade teriyaki sauce too. I have the recipe for making teriyaki sauce in the Instant Pot included on the recipe card for your convenience.

How Long is Teriyaki Sauce good for?

This recipe will last 5-6 days if stores properly in the refrigerator.

Can I buy Teriyaki Sauce?

Of course you can, there are a number of great Teriyaki Sauces you can purchase but nothing beats making it fresh.

What are the ingredients of Teriyaki Sauce?

All the ingredients are listed with amounts in the Recipe Card below. You will need Soy Sauce, Water, Brown Sugar, Honey, Garlic, Ginger, and a little corn starch to thicken

Teriyaki Sauce Gluten Free

Teriyaki Sauce can easily be made gluten free by using a Gluten Free Soy Sauce.

Teriyaki Sauce Substitute

Teriyaki Sauce is a sweet tangy sauce unlike many other marinades. Substituting other sauces would change the dish entirely.

Teriyaki Sauce with Beef
How to Serve Teriyaki Sauce

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is perfect on a rice bowl with veggies, chicken, or steak.  Add a little of the sauce when you are cooking each of these ingredients to add extra tangy sweet flavor to your dish. 

What is Japanese Teriyaki Sauce?

Fun Fact! Teriyaki is a cooking technique in Japanese cuisine where foods are grilled with a glaze of sweetened soy sauce.

How much Teriyaki Sauce for Stir Fry?

This question depends on how much Stir Fry you are making. I alway start with 1/4 cup of sauce and add more to taste. You don’t want to over do it. Less is more and work up to the flavor you like.

Which Teriyaki Sauce is the BEST?

Well of course we think ours is! But truly it depends on what you like. Do you like a sweeter sauce, or thinner sauce? Go with what you like. After all YOU are eating it!

What is the difference between Soy Sauce and Teriyaki Sauce?

Soy Sauce is the main ingredient in Teriyaki Sauce. Where Soy Sauce is a thin liquid with a salty taste, Teriyaki Sauce is thicker and sweetened with Brown Sugar and honey.

Can I Substitute Teriyaki Sauce for Soy Sauce?

Unfortunately these two sauces are very different in taste and consistency. Teriyaki Sauce would not work well as a substitute for Soy Sauce in a recipe even though Soy Sauce is a main ingredient.

How to Store Homemade Teriyaki Sauce?

I store in the refrigerator, however keep in mind the sauce will thicken. Reheat sauce to thin down.

Can I Freeze Teriyaki Sauce Homemade?

Yes you can. I freeze Teriyaki Sauce in ice cube trays and use for single serving Stir Fry for lunch or evening snacks. Smaller portions are handy for many recipes

Teriyaki Stir Fry Vegetables

How to Use Teriyaki Sauce

Now that I’ve shown you have easy it can be to make this delicious sauce, I want to make sure you know how to use it.

As I stir fry up veggies I will add this homemade sauce towards the end and give a quick saute. It’s a quick favorite for use.

A Simple Rice bowl is also a favorite of my picky eater. With plain white rice he will pour his sauce on top. Yum! Also, here’s a fun Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing Recipe. It’s a favorite!

Teriyaki Sauce with Vegetables

Teriyaki Sauce is also perfect on noodles!  Who knew!  Japanese noodles are the best. 

Make some of your own with this recipe.  You will be forever changed, I promise.

I often make Teriyaki Chicken or Teriyaki Beef too. Both are tried and true recipes that are excellent and kid approved.

Teriyaki Chicken

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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

10 Minute Teriyaki Sauce is a quick and easy recipe for Instant Pot or Stove Top.  Made in 10 minutes on the Stove and so much FASTER in the Instant Pot.  Perfect to add to veggies, chicken, beef, fish, or anywhere you want a little hint of Sweet and Tangy Teriyaki Sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 6
Calories: 70kcal


  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tbls Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbls Honey *Heaping
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbls Corn Starch


Stove Top Directions

  • In a small bowl mix 1/4 cup water and corn starch and set aside
  • In a sauce pan combine over medium/high heat: 1 cup water, soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, and ginger. Stir to combine.
  • Add corn starch and water mixture to sauce pan. Stir
  • Continue to stir over medium/high heat. Bring to a slow rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Sauce will thicken as it cools. Store in refrigerator.
  • Serve over rice, with vegetables, chicken, steak, or any other dish you want a sweet tangy teriyaki sauce on. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Directions

  • In the Instant Pot add 1 Cup COLD water, Brown Sugar, Garlic, Ginger, and Soy Sauce and Stir.
  • In a separate bowl combine 1/4 Cup water and 2 Tbs Corn Starch and pour into Instant Pot
  • Set Instant Pot to Manual (Pressure Cook) High Pressure for 0 (Zero) Minutes.
  • Quick Release and Turn off Instant Pot. Open Lid and Stir
  • Sauce is ready to be served over Rice, Noodles, Veggies, Steak, Chicken or Fish.  Enjoy!
  • *TIP~ It’s Important and Necessary to use COLD water when making this recipe in the Instant Pot.  Instant Pot should be room temperature as well.  The Cornstarch will thicken immediately when opening releasing the pressure and opening the lid.  Using warm or hot water will cause burn notice.


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 546mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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