Clean Plate Mama
by Clean Plate Mama
1 cup
10 min

Homemade teriyaki sauce doesn’t come much easier than this!

This easy homemade soy-free teriyaki sauce is ready in less than 10 minutes. Store bought teriyaki sauce can contain sugar, wheat (an issue if you are gluten-sensitive), soy, or added flavors or preservatives.

This is made using coconut aminos (a healthier alternative to soy sauce) and all real food ingredients.

Teriyaki sauce is great for brushing on chicken or your favorite kabobs for grilling, marinating chicken or shrimp, using as a glaze for baked salmon, or putting with your favorite protein and veggies for an easy stir-fry. I hope you get a chance to try this!


Recipe details
  • 1  cup
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • ▢ 1/2 cup water
  • ▢ 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • ▢ 1 tbsp. honey (optional)
  • ▢ 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • ▢ 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • ▢ 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger (or 1/4 tsp. ground ginger)
  • ▢ 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)
Ingredients for the Slurry
  • ▢ 2 tbsp. water
  • ▢ 2 tbsp. arrowroot or tapioca starch (corn starch works too)

Add ½ cup water, coconut aminos, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic in a small sauce pan. Whisk ingredients until combined.
Simmer on med-low for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the sauce is simmering, create the slurry. In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp. water and arrowroot (or tapioca) starch. Add this to the sauce pan after you have allowed the sauce to simmer for 5 minutes.
Continue to whisk until desired consistency is reached. I like the sauce to be able to fully coat a spoon when dipped.
Remove from heat and use as desired.
  • If you don't have coconut aminos, you can sub with regular soy sauce.
  • If vegan, you can sub pure maple syrup or coconut sugar for the honey.
  • Important to note that the sweetener is completely optional. You can skip all together if you want the sauce sugar free.
  • I use arrowroot or tapioca starch for the slurry, but corn starch can be used too.
  • Recipe makes about 1 cup teriyaki sauce. Nutrition information is based on total recipe.
  • Sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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  • Janet Janet on Jul 20, 2022

    Why in the world would you call for something called "coconut aminos" in the FIRST place?! ALL teriyaki sauces have a soy sauce base! Duh!