This homemade teriyaki sauce is no less than store-bought teriyaki sauce. In addition, this teriyaki sauce is gluten-free, vegan. You can substitute a few ingredients to make it keto-friendly (low-carb), and for paleo also. Add this homemade teriyaki sauce to any of your vegetable stir-fry for a delicious dish.
This homemade teriyaki sauce (gluten-free + paleo + vegan) is too good. I just loved this sweet n sour tasting flavor when I added this to my stir-fried green beans and mushroom recipe.
Teriyaki sauce is easy and quick to make. It takes just 5 - 10 minutes. Just assemble all ingredients and it's good to go. Your homemade teriyaki sauce is ready. Store the sauce once cooled and remove when required for stir-frying vegetables, tofu or your noodles or anything you want with a teriyaki flavor or use as a marinade. Simplified!!
Homemade Gluten-free Teriyaki Sauce (Paleo + Vegan)
Teriyaki sauce authentically belongs to Asian cuisine and more specifically to Japanese cuisine. This is a sweet and sour flavorful sauce or marinade. The base of teriyaki sauce is made of soy sauce authentically which adds to the gluten to the teriyaki. So for a gluten-free teriyaki sauce, use tamari or coconut aminos.
1. For gluten free teriyaki sauce:- Tamari/ coconut aminos
2. For Vegan:- Soy sauce/ tamari/ coconut aminos
3. For paleo:- Coconut aminos
4. For keto:- Soy sauce/ coconut aminos
This sauce is basically vegan authentically unless you are using honey. Make sure to use brown sugar or maple syrup for your vegan teriyaki sauce.
Read my Asian vegetable salad with honey ginger dressing & Low carb Asian vegetable stir-fry (this is not teriyaki glazed).
What is gluten-free teriyaki sauce made of?
Teriyaki sauce is a perfect blend of sweetness and other flavors. The ingredients used are soy sauce, sake (or rice vinegar), ginger, and brown sugar. In this gluten-free teriyaki sauce, we are using tamari or coconut aminos to substitute soy sauce.
Is teriyaki sauce gluten-free?
In the case of authentic teriyaki, it has gluten because of the use of soy sauce. You just need to replace soy sauce with tamari or coconut aminos for making gluten-free teriyaki sauce. If you are buying this from the store, you need to check for the label gluten-free.
What can I use instead of teriyaki sauce for stir-frying and marination?
If you don't have teriyaki sauce yet, then just add tamari, rice vinegar, grated ginger, maple syrup (vegan)/ honey to the dish. Ready-to-eat teriyaki sauce saves little time.
Why should I not use store-bought teriyaki sauce every day?
Teriyaki sauce made with soy sauce has high sodium content. High sodium is not good for heart health. So you should restrict the use of teriyaki sauce. But the good news is that this homemade gluten-free teriyaki sauce made with tamari has less sodium (3 times lesser) as compared to the store-bought teriyaki.
Also, regular intake of sugar-based (though it's brown sugar) sauce may cause harm to our body system. So healthier is to add honey or maple syrup for the vegan sauce.
How long does this gluten-free teriyaki sauce last?
You need to refrigerate your teriyaki sauce for longer shelf life. If refrigerated, it can go well for a month or so. If you are not refrigerating the sauce then it may lose color and odor.
How to store this teriyaki sauce?
The best way is to refrigerate the sauce once cooled and thaw when you have to use it for marinade or glaze. Otherwise, it may lose aroma and flavors.
Is this sauce keto friendly?
Authentic teriyaki sauce is not keto-friendly since it has sugar and the keto diet says no to sugar or honey/ maple. So if you are on diet, don't just buy a teriyaki sauce. But the good part is you can always make your low carb keto version homemade teriyaki sauce easily at home.
How to make keto friendly teriyaki sauce?
For low carb keto-friendly teriyaki sauce, you have to substitute a few ingredients with keto-approved ingredients.
- Sugar:- Use keto sweetener such as stevia, fruit sweetener
- Rice Vinegar:- Use apple cider vinegar
- For a thicker sauce:- Use xanthan gum
You can use soy sauce or tamari depending on your choice. If you want a thicker sauce, use xanthan gum. Use 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum to your hot teriyaki sauce. If you will add this after it's cooled down, the sauce will not turn thicker. Rest all ingredients and process is the same as this recipe. See how easily and quickly you can make your low carb sugar-free teriyaki sauce at home.
Is this sauce paleo?
To make this homemade teriyaki sauce paleo, you need to substitute rice vinegar with apple cider vinegar. Also in place of corn starch, you have to use arrowroot for thickening the sauce. The rest process and ingredients will be the same.
How to make gluten-free teriyaki sauce from scratch?
Low sodium gluten-free soy or tamari:- When you are looking for gluten-free teriyaki, tamari is on the list. If you are making for paleo, take coconut aminos.
For keto teriyaki sauce any of the products including soy sauce will do.
Water:- Water helps to moderate the salt content of soy/ tamari. To make the sauce less salty increase the water proportion.
Brown Sugar/ Maple Syrup:- This adds to the sweetness of the sauce. You can add honey if you are not vegan. For low carb teriyaki sauce, you will like to substitute this sweetener with stevia or fruit sweetener. You will get these easily online also. You can also make your sugar-free teriyaki sauce.
Ginger (grated):- Ginger garlic adds a strong punch of flavor to the sauce. You may also add crushed garlic or garlic powder to this. I prefer adding fresh grated than refrigerated paste.
Rice Vinegar:- Rice vinegar is a little sweet in taste. For keto and paleo substitute this vinegar with apple cider vinegar.
Sesame Oil:- Sesame oil adds an intense flavor to the sauce.
Pepper (ground):- Pepper powder adds spicy flavor to this sauce. You can adjust how much pepper you want to add. or just skip if you don't want any heat in your teriyaki.
Method of preparation:
This is a simple and fuss free recipe. You just need to mix all ingredients and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes. And your delicious flavorful gluten-free teriyaki sauce is ready in minutes.
In a saucepan, add tamari, water, grated ginger-garlic, sesame oil, rice vinegar, brown sugar. Simmer it for 2 - 3 minutes. Then your teriyaki sauce is ready in less than 5 minutes. Here you can play around with ingredients as per your requirement.
Recipe Card for Gluten-free Teriyaki Sauce
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (Gluten-free + Vegan)
- Measurement Spoons
- 1/3 cup tamari (low sodium gluten-free)
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 tbsp maple syrup or 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar for paleo & keto
- 1 inch ginger minced/ grated
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp roasted sesame
- 1/2 tsp pepper powder
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 2 tsp water
- In a saucepan add tamari, water.
- Add in maple syrup, minced ginger, vinegar.
- Season with ground pepper.
- Add sesame oil and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Simmer for 2 - 3 minutes.
- Make a slurry of corn starch and water.
- Pour in the slurry into boiling sauce.
- Simmer till required consistency.
- Remove from heat once done.
- Cool the sauce completely and then transfer to a bottle or jar to refrigerate.
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Wow, teriyaki sauce is one of my favorites love teh sweet and smoky notes, and your version looks fantastic. I will have to try it on my next cooking adventure. As I enjoy Asian flavors so this is a must-have!
This teriyaki sauce was so easy to make and turned out great! Love that it's a healthier, vegan friendly version too - I won't be going back to store bought sauce again!
I love teriyaki sauce and this one was so easy to make and tasted delicious! I've made it a few times now and it always turns out perfect.
We always make our own teriyaki sauce. It's so easy and has so many uses.
Such a useful flavoursome sauce! Thanks for the recipe and information.