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How to Make Teriyaki Sauce


First of all teriyaki is the way to cook fish in a specific manner. The small pieces of salmon fillet are slowly grilled and covered with the thick sweet sauce called tare. But today teriyaki is used not only to cook fish but also pork, chicken, sea food and even vegetables. But today the word "teriyaki" denotes not only the specific method of cooking food but also the sauce which is used to cook all the products mentioned above. The original teriyaki sauce is the traditional dressing of the Japan cuisine. However there is no any precise recipe of the teriyaki sauce as for example there is no precise recipe of the popular plain tomato ketchup.

Generally this sauce is being made of the soy sauce, pineapple, fresh ginger, garlic and other spice. It is also often cooked of the mixture of soy sauce, brown cane sugar, ground ginger and rice wine called mirin. The approximate content of the teriyaki sauce you can purchase look the following way. Its basic ingredients are sugar,water, soy sauce, mirin, fish sauce and starch syrup.

The unique ability of this sauce to match the wide range of various dishes makes it that popular not only among the fans of Asian cuisine but also among the other food enthusiasts. It perfectly matches fish, meat and chicken, you an use it as salad dressing successfully or marinade fish or meat in it. Being used to marinade fish or meat the teriyaki sauce adds the unique taste and softness to these products and prepares them for the further processing. You may purchase the teriyaki sauce in the large food stores.

Usually it can be found on the shelves with Asian products such as nori, rice vinegar, pickled ginger, miso paste, rice noodles and various spicy sauces. The price of the teriyaki sauce may vary from $ 8 to $ 15 depending on it amount, content and producing company. It is better to buy the teriyaki sauce in the glass bottles. If you wish you my make it at home. In that case you will have to buy all the necessary ingredients.



1/2 glass of sake;

1/2 glass of mirin;

1/2 glass of soy sauce;

1 tablespoonful of the brown cane sugar


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a small pan. Put the pan on the cooker and boil the sauce using the medium fire for 15 minutes.
  • Now lessen the fire and continue cooking till you see that the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Continue boiling the sauce in the small fire until the volume of the whole mixture gets twice smaller. The ready teriyaki sauce should be as thick as the caramel syrup.
  • The freshly made teriyaki sauce should be immediately poured into the glass bottle or jar.
  • Cover it with the lid firmly and store it in the fridge.


Don't use the white processed sugar

Though you may not feel the taste different you will notice that the teriyaki sauce made of the brown cane sugar tastes completely different.

Don't keep your sauce in the metal pots or jars

It will acquire a slightly sour waft.

Don't hurry to finish cooking your teriyaki sauce

Wait until it gets thicker.

No warm places to keep it

Don't keep your teriyaki sauce in the warm place. It may get spoiled.



To cook meat or fish in teriyaki sauce you will need to fry it using the vegetable oil. Pour the proper amount of the teriyaki sauce into the frying pan. Let it boil for a minute. Put the grilled pieces of fish or mean into the pan to cover them with the hot teriyaki sauce.

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