Easy Teriyaki Sauce (No Refined Sugar)

Easy Teriyaki Sauce with no refined sugar!  I am a big fan of creating recipes for things I would have bought in the store.  This homemade teriyaki sauce is one of those things.

I have made homemade ketchup, homemade salad dressings and homemade tomato sauce.  Teriyaki sauce is another to add to the list.

Have you looked at your store bought teriyaki sauce?  Most of them are loaded with highly refined sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup.

My homemade teriyaki sauce recipe is made of just a handful of real ingredients and no processed sugars!  Keep in mind, since there is less sugar, it will not be as sweet as store bought sauce.  I promise it is delicious though!


easy teriyaki sauce

In addition to the sauce,  I wanted to test it out in a dish as well.  So I made an additional recipe. It’s a teriyaki glazed tofu recipe.

I like to store this homemade vegan teriyaki sauce in mason jars.

Easy Teriyaki Sauce

Easy Teriyaki Sauce

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 10 min Serves 4 servings     adjust servings


    Easy Teriyaki Sauce

    • 1/2 cups soy sauce or tamari . (Please try to buy these organic)
    • 1/4 cup + 1 T mirin (Japanese cooking wine)
    • 1 1/2 T maple syrup
    • 1/4 tsp ginger
    • 1/2 tsp garlic
    • 1/2 T arrowroot (this is used as a thickening agent.)

    Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry

    • 1 pkg extra firm tofu (please try to buy this organic)
    • 5-6 handfuls of spinach
    • 2 cups cooked quinoa
    • teriyaki dressing


      Easy Teriyaki Sauce

      1. In a sauce pan , mix all the ingredients on low heat for about 5-7 minutes.
      2. Transfer to a mason jar.

      Teriyaki Tofu Stir Fry

      1. Preheat oven to 375.
      2. Cut the tofu in cubes and place into a container.
      3. Pour the teriyaki mixture into the container and let it marinate for at least an hour.
      4. When it’s done marinating, use a slotted spoon to scoop up the tofu and lay it on a lined baking sheet .
      5. Bake for about 35-45 minutes, stopping halfway through to flip and brush more sauce on the tofu.
      6. Once the tofu is done, set it aside.
      7. In a large saucepan , heat the cooked quinoa with the remaining sauce.
      8. Turn down, cover and simmer for about 5-7 minutes.
      9. Lastly add the spinach and cook just until it is slightly wilted.
      10. Uncover and let the remaining sauce boil off. Top with the roasted tofu. Enjoy!


      Recipe Notes

      The mixture will thicken slightly in the fridge. When ready to use, you can try the quinoa dish. If tofu isn’t your thing, feel free to use your favorite protein.

      Join more than 35,000 subscribers and start gettiing free recipes direct to your inbox!

      You may also like

      197 thoughts to “Easy Teriyaki Sauce (No Refined Sugar)”

      1. I've Been following You For A While And Love It! I'm Learning So Much, And Am Enjoying Trying Your Recipes. Thank You!! :)
      2. I could definitely use a new cutting board. I like the fact that the one you are giving away doesn't dull your knife blades!
      3. I was just researching new cutting boards since mine are worn out. I would love to win, thanks for this opportunity. Can't wait to try your teriyaki recipe.
      4. This recipe looks spectacular. I cannot wait to try it out! I haven't had a whole lot of luck with preparing tofu that I actually enjoy, but I hope this comes out better than my previous attempts. Maybe seitan can sub in for the tofu? Either way I look forward to trying out some of your recipes! PLEASE consider me for the cutting board!!! I would LOVE a new cutting board that doesn't get my entire counter soaked in food juices!!
      5. Love the recipe and would be so happy to have this cutting board since I spend so much more time in the kitchen now that I am feeding my family a clean and healthy diet!
      6. I have got to make that teriyaki sauce. I like to eat Amy's Teriiyaki Rice Bowls (when I just don't have time to cook) but I just hate that they have 16 grams of sugar! Your sauce has just a smidgen of sweetener. I will be making my own rice bowls and freezing them.
        1. Mirin is a Japanese cooking wine that adds a sweetness. You can use another sweetener if you like. Arrowroot is used as a thickening agent. It works just like cornstarch. You can use that as well.

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *