Teriyaki Marinade and Sauce Recipe for your Griddle

Teriyaki marinade and sauce is a versatile and flavorful addition to many grilled dishes. Whether you're marinating chicken, beef, seafood, or vegetables, this recipe will give your griddled creations a delicious teriyaki twist. Here's how to make your own teriyaki marinade and sauce:


  • 1 cup soy sauce (use low-sodium for a milder flavor)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Optional: Red pepper flakes or sriracha sauce for heat (adjust to your spice preference)


1. Preparing the Marinade:

  • In a saucepan, combine the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, granulated sugar, mirin, minced garlic, minced ginger, and honey.

2. Simmering the Sauce:

  • Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugars and incorporate the flavors.
  • Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes, or until it starts to thicken slightly.

3. Creating the Slurry:

  • In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold water to create a slurry.

4. Thickening the Sauce:

  • Slowly pour the slurry into the simmering sauce while continuously stirring.
  • Continue to cook and stir for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the teriyaki sauce has reached your desired thickness.

5. Adjusting the Flavor:

  • Taste the teriyaki sauce and adjust the sweetness or spiciness according to your preference. You can add more sugar, honey, or a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat.

6. Cooling and Storing:

  • Remove the teriyaki sauce from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Once cooled, transfer the teriyaki sauce to an airtight container for storage.

7. Using the Teriyaki Marinade and Sauce:

  • You can use the teriyaki sauce as a marinade for your choice of protein (chicken, beef, seafood) or vegetables. Simply marinate for at least 30 minutes before grilling.
  • When grilling, baste the protein or vegetables with the teriyaki sauce as they cook for added flavor.
  • The teriyaki sauce can also be used as a dipping sauce for your grilled items.

Enjoy your homemade teriyaki marinade and sauce on your griddled dishes. It adds a perfect balance of sweet, savory, and tangy flavors to your grilled creations.