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spoon dripping with teriyaki sauce over mason jar

Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (soy-free, gluten-free)

Homemade teriyaki sauce doesn’t come much easier than this! Skip the store bought teriyaki sauce which can be high in sugar and contain wheat and/or soy. Give this one a try instead!
Course sauces
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 371kcal
Author Sara


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp. honey (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger (or 1/4 tsp. ground ginger)
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)

Ingredients for the Slurry

  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot or tapioca starch (corn starch works too)


  • Add 1/2 cup water, coconut aminos, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic in a small sauce pan. Whisk ingredients until combined.
  • Simmer on med-low for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the sauce is simmering, create the slurry. In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp. water and arrowroot (or tapioca) starch. Add this to the sauce pan after you have allowed the sauce to simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Continue to whisk until desired consistency is reached. I like the sauce to be able to fully coat a spoon when dipped.
  • Remove from heat and use as desired.


  • If you don't have coconut aminos, you can sub with regular soy sauce. 
  • If vegan, you can sub pure maple syrup or coconut sugar for the honey.
  • Important to note that the sweetener is completely optional. You can skip all together if you want the sauce sugar free. 
  • I use arrowroot or tapioca starch for the slurry, but corn starch can be used too. 
  • Recipe makes about 1 cup teriyaki sauce. Nutrition information is based on total recipe. 
  • Sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 


Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2722mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg