My Basic Teriyaki Marinade/Sauce

I never ever buy teriyaki marinade or sauce at the grocery store.  1) it is so easy to make 2) the homemade version tastes way better 3) I know exactly what’s in it 4) it’s definitely cheaper 5) it uses standard pantry items 6) it is so easy to make…wait I said that already.  It is so easy to make, it is easier then going to the store and buying it!

I use the marinade for several recipes , it’s a natural with chicken, pork, steak and even my Maui Wowie burgers.  To turn it into a sauce just add some cornstarch, heat it up and like magic, it is transformed!  I promise you’ll use this recipe over and over.



1 cup pineapple juice, I used the juice from a can of pineapple rings (I have plans for them later….)

1 cup soy sauce (low sodium is fine if you prefer)

1/2 c packed brown sugar (or other sweetener like Agave, adjust amount accordingly)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ground ginger

1 to 2 tbs cornstarch if you want to make a sauce


In a 2 or more cup measuring cup, add the pineapple juice.  I was just shy of one cup using the pineapple ring juice.

If you buy canned pineapple juice you can always use the leftover to mix it with some coconut rum for a tropical drink.

Hmmm, I think I’m regretting buying the rings now.

Add the soy sauce.

Then the brown sugar.

Next the garlic powder (fresh garlic can be used but I prefer granulated garlic for this)

Finally add the ground ginger (again you could use fresh if you wanted too)

Stir it up and there you have it!

Teriyaki marinade in a snap!  1 cup will marinade about 1 to 1 1/2 lbs of meat.

To  make it into a sauce, pour it into a small sauce pan.

Add 1 tbs for every cup of marinade.

I am only converting one cup into a sauce and leaving the other cup for a marinade.

On medium high heat bring it to boil, boil for one minute.  Stir constantly when you are at this point.

Say Abracadabra!

And magically it has turned into a teriyaki marinade that you glaze with or whatever else your little heart desires!

See the difference in viscosity?  It just clings to the spoon,

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11 Responses to My Basic Teriyaki Marinade/Sauce

  1. Holli Peatman April 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    I must say that generally I am really impressed with this blog. After reading your post I can tell you are chuffed about your writing. Keep up the great work and I’ll return for more! Cheers!

  2. dave hortin/jodus's dad February 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I ditto the first comment !!

  3. Surkhab April 26, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    wow Nice tutorial 🙂

  4. Kirsten August 6, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Wow, I’ve never made teriyaki with pineapple juice, I always just use white wine. I’ll have to try it 🙂

    • Giggles August 9, 2012 at 7:40 am #

      Kristen, It’s a little sweeter but everyone loves it…I guess it’s more of a Hawaiian style teriyaki. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Kelly July 12, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    Love the simplicity of this recipe. You’re right, it’s my only teriyaki sauce now. Never will buy it from the store again!

    • Giggles August 2, 2016 at 11:26 am #

      Kelly so glad this teriyaki sauce worked out so well for you!

  6. Kate August 21, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    Delicious and simple sauce, exactly what I was looking for! My husband was a big enough fan that the recipe earned the honor of a 3×5 notecard – in my kitchen, that’s high praise. Thank you!

    • Giggles August 23, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

      Kate so glad you loved it. It’s always on our menu rotation!

  7. Cristine September 4, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Best recipe I have found yet. Thanks for writing your blog and sharing your secrets!!


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