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Quick & Easy Teriyaki Sauce


One work-night evening, my son asked if I could make teriyaki chicken... only I didn't have teriyaki sauce. I found this easy recipe on, with pantry staples that I had on hand. So, maybe this recipe doesn't use fresh ground ginger or mirin - and isn't exactly authentic Japanese - but I have to say that it was delicious and fulfilled my son's wish as I glazed it onto grilled chicken. Super easy! I will never buy bottled teriyaki sauce again!

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  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water


Servings 2
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 10mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Mix all but the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a sauce pan and begin heating.

Whisk the cornstarch and cold water in a cup to dissolve. Add to sauce in pan.

Heat until sauce thickens to desired thickness.

Add water to thin if the sauce over-thickens.

For a quick dinner, grill chicken and baste towards the end.

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