Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

March 22, 2012

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Spring has sprung! When it comes to weather, we Californian’s have it pretty darn good. Crisp mornings, sunny afternoons, and cool evenings reminds us that soon enough, we will be sporting the occasional sun dress, tank top, or skirt. My cooking is starting to reflect that.

Lean grilled meats, roasted salmon, and lots of organic, grass fed chicken keeps the calories and the carbs to a minimum. Introducing layers of flavors is the key to any good meal. Fresh salsas, marinades, sauces, and condiments help turn what could be a boring, weeknight meal into a flavorful, happy dish.

Homemade staples can always be found lining our refrigerator shelves; ketchup, salad dressings, pasta sauce, jams, fruit soda mixtures, and this teriyaki sauce. It’s the perfect addition to simple, grilled chicken breast, Asian marinated skirt steak, and roasted salmon. Served with a side of oven baked brown rice and kale chips, no one leaves the table hungry!

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

ingredients:
1/2 cup wheat free tamari
1/2 cup organic, cane sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated, fresh ginger
1 medium clove of garlic, passed through a garlic press
2 tablespoons mirin
1/2 teaspoon arrowroot

instructions:
• in a small saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. heat over a medium flame.
• whisk mirin and arrowroot until no lumps remain. pour into saucepan and whisk to combine all ingredients.
• bring sauce to a boil over high heat. whisk and reduce heat to medium low and simmer until sauce reduces to 3/4 of a cup.
• the sauce will become like a syrupy glaze. keep warm while you cook your protein.
• refrigerate and store in a glass jar for up to three weeks.

More Asian Inspired Sauces around the Web:
Teriyaki Beef Tacos w/Ginger Miso Slaw – Vanilla Kitchen
Baked Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs – Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Teriyaki Tempeh – Hey That Tastes Good
Teriyaki Shrimp Soba Noodle – Lauren’s Latest

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim March 23, 2012 at 4:01 am

Oh, it’s springtime here too, and, this year, it’s fantastic! On grilled salmon, I’m sure it’s perfect. I’ll give it a try soon!

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2 HeatherChristo March 23, 2012 at 7:20 am

Susan- strangely, I have never made homemade teriyaki sauce- you just totally inspired me! thank you!

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3 Susan March 23, 2012 at 8:00 am

So funny you should mention that, Heather. I actually looked through your site to add to my links at the bottom of my post. And, I was surprised that you didn’t have anything teriyaki!! This sauce is super easy and takes minutes to make!

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4 HeatherChristo March 23, 2012 at 8:05 am

I know!! I am all over it this weekend!

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5 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] March 23, 2012 at 7:38 am

I am so glad you posted this. I don’t eat a lot of teriyaki sauce because I just haven’t found one I like. This on the other hand, I am positive I will love!

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6 Susan March 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I agree that you will love this, Allison. Let me know how you like it!

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7 Marla March 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

This sauce looks sticky, gooey & fabulous!

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8 Kankana March 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

Would be so yummy with chicken wings! Gorgeous clicks.

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9 Kristina Vanni March 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

Great fresh take on a classic! This will be wonderful to make and have on stock for a variety of dishes! Thanks for sharing!

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