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Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (Gluten-Free or Paleo!)

  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 1/4 cups sauce 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Homemade Teriyaki Sauce – This gluten-free teriyaki sauce comes together in a snap and tastes great on stir-fry, salmon, chicken, noodle bowls & more. (Gluten-Free, Paleo-friendly! 


  • 1/3 cup low-sodium gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos (or soy sauce if not GF)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup (can substitute brown sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot, for paleo) + 1 1/2 Tablespoons water
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds


To Make Teriyaki Sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine tamari, water, syrup, vinegar, ginger, garlic, 1/4 tsp. pepper and sesame oil. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and 1 1/2 Tbsp. water. Pour this slurry into the pan with the teriyaki sauce ingredients.
  3. Stir, cooking over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Stir 1-2 minutes, or until stir-fry sauce has thickened. Stir in sesame seeds, if using.
  4. Remove sauce from heat and enjoy! Pour over stir-fried veggies, brush onto chicken or salmon, or stir into rice.
  5. Storage Note: Sauce will thicken significantly in the refrigerator, so you’ll want to reheat it on the stove or in the microwave to loosen it up before using any leftovers. Teriyaki sauce will keep 1 week in the fridge.

If you’re going to use this sauce in a stir-fry: 

  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl (including cornstarch/water slurry).
  2. Stir-fry your meat/veggies as you usually would. During the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, pour teriyaki sauce over stir-fried veggies/meat and cook over medium-high heat 2-3 minutes or until the stir fry sauce has slightly thickened.

Or, try it as a teriyaki marinade:

  1. Pour teriyaki sauce into a bag or airtight container with chicken, beef, or tofu. Chill in the refrigerator and marinate 2-3 hours at least to infuse with teriyaki flavor. Drain & discard excess marinade and cook as desired! 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Teriyaki Sauce, Homemade teriyaki sauce, gluten-free teriyaki sauce, healthy teriyaki sauce, paleo teriyaki sauce