A simple, delicious method for making homemade (gluten free!) teriyaki sauce.
Happy Monday, dear reader. How was your weekend? 3/4 of the family was sick with sore throats and colds. Thankfully, Michael was spared–he has finals starting this week, and it would be awful to be sick on top of it all. I think the babies are slowly on the mend, and I’ll come round in a few days.
What do you crave when you have a cold? I love chicken soup as much as the next girl, but we haven’t sorted out a good gluten free soup noodle yet. My favorites are a big pot of warm vegetable soup, lots of lemon ginger “tea” (hot water + fresh ginger + lemon + honey), and anything spicy enough to clear my sinuses.
It may not be chicken soup, but this is a great (gluten free!) teriyaki sauce that works great on a quick stir-fry.
I love that this comes together so quickly. Depending on what rice you use, you can have this on the table in 30 minutes. Get the rice going, chop your veggies, stir fry them while you whisk together the sauce, and pour this over during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking. We’ve had this over all kinds of great stir-fry combos–steak and veggies, all veggies, chicken & veg, and veggies with pineapple.
You’ll see below this is a basic recipe that can be easily customized to your tastes. Aren’t a ginger fan? Go light. Love it? Add more. Want a little more kick? Add a bit more black pepper. Love sesame? Add a few extra drops and sprinkle over some sesame seeds. The combinations are endless. You could even add a squeeze of orange or lime juice to the water or swap out the water for pineapple juice if you want a little citrus-y vibe.
Enjoy, and make it your own!Print
- 1/2c gluten free tamari (or soy sauce if not gf)
- 1/4c water
- 3–4 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1–2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
- 1/4–1/2 tsp black pepper
- a few drops (like 1/4 tsp or less) sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
Optional add-ins or substitutions:
- Substitute honey for maple syrup
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- sesame seeds
- Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over stir-fried veggies/meat and cook over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add additional water, if necessary.