Homemade Teriyaki Sauce


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It’s time to take a dive into Homemade Teriyaki Sauce!

My mom always likes to remind that when I was a lil’ kid, the only part of the chicken I would eat were the drumsticks. I’m pretty sure I felt like it was very Flinstone’s-esque of me to be eating drumsticks. Also, Medieval Times! That place gave you big turkey legs for dinner (much like most Renaissance fairs) and I thought it was the most hilarious thing ever.

Now that I’m a boring adult, I hardly ever reach for drumsticks unless they’re teeny chicken drummettes which is a whole other thing! This recipe is awesome because it allows me to eat all of the drumsticks. And the sauce is my absolute favorite thing ever. I want to put it on everything: chicken, salmon, tofu, you name it.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce | www.acozykitchen.com

A few years ago I remember my dad calling me telling me I must, I MUST make homemade teriyaki sauce for the blog. I brushed him off thinking to myself, How good can it be. Wrong way to think. Bad attitude, Adrianna!

Like all homemade versions of things you most likely can buy at the store, the best part about making the homemade version is customization.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce | www.acozykitchen.com

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce | www.acozykitchen.com

This is way less sweet than typical teriyaki sauce. (It’s usually too sweet for me.) I made it zester, spicier and less salty.

The sauce you see hasn’t been thickened with a thickening agent (read: cornstarch) but you can make it thicker if you like (I’ve included directions below). It’s a bit runnier than normal teriyaki sauces, but not to worry–it’s still just as amazing.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce | www.acozykitchen.com

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time (for the chicken) 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Serving Size: 1 cup (teriyaki sauce)
Calories: 124kcal
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is super simple to make at home. This teriyaki sauce is perfectly sweet and balanced.


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice wine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 2 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1 pound chicken drumsticks
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, for garnish


To Make the Teriyaki Sauce:

  • In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, whisk together the soy sauce, water, sweet rice wine, brown sugar, honey, garlic clove and fresh ginger. When the mixture reaches a simmer, bring the heat down to low and allow to reduce for 10 minutes, until the sauce reduces by about half. Transfer to a small bowl; mixture will thicken as it cools.
  • Note: If you'd like it thicker, for it to resemble much more like a glaze, pour a tablespoon of the mixture into a small bowl. Add a teaspoon of corn starch to the small bowl and whisk until it completely dissolves. Add the corn starch mixture to the teriyaki sauce, whisking until dissolved.
    This teriyaki sauce will give you about 2 cups of teriyaki sauce. You'll most likely need about 1/2 cup of teriayki sauce for the recipe below. This sauce keeps well in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

To Make the Teriyaki Chicken:

  • To make the teriyaki chicken, sprinkle the chicken with the baking powder. Allow to air dry in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a sheet of foil with cooking spray and place the chicken side by side. Transfer to the oven to cook for 20 minutes.
  • At the 20 minute mark, flip the chicken and cook for an additional 15 minutes, until the skin is golden brown and crispy. Brush the chicken with the teriyaki sauce and transfer to the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven and top with teriyaki sauce, liberally. Sprinkle the chicken with a pinch of two of sesame seeds and serve.
CuisineAmerican, Japanese
Keywordhomemade teriyaki sauce, how to make teriyaki sauce, teriayki sauce recipe, teriyaki sauce
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 124
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply erin {yummysupper} June 4, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Hey you! I need some homemade teriyaki sauce in my life… and my kids would love me forever if I made them these sticky good drumsticks. My girl often goes for two drumsticks at once, serious cavewoman style.
    BTW, I just saw on Will Write For Food that you’ve got another book coming down the pike. I’m so glad to see it’s a “cozy” book. Can’t wait!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Hi lady! I haven’t talked about it yet but it’s definitely not a big secret. More info soon! I’m super excited. It’s definitely cozy. Lots of pie and a certain corgi will make appearances, too! xoxo

      • Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog June 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

        a COZY book with a cozy CORGI!! I can’t wait!!!

        oh and this sauce looks delicious too ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Reply Nicole June 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

          Just throwing this out there…but if Amelia ever had her own site, it should be A Cozy Corgi. ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Adrianna Adarme June 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm

            A Cozy Corgi! LOVE! Hahaโ€ฆshe is sort of cozy. She loves curling up to blankets and pillows and stuff.

        • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 4, 2014 at 9:22 pm

          It’s true! xoxo

  • Reply Matt Robinson June 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

    I have been wanting to do this for years, so thank you. Love this recipe, so easy to make too!

  • Reply Millie l Add A Little June 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This looks great! And that chicken looks super tasty with the sesame on top!!

  • Reply RLT June 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Have you tried it on salmon?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      I haven’t, but I’ve had teriyaki sauce on salmon before and I looove it.

  • Reply Allison June 4, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    this looks amazing! what kind of sweet wine would you recommend? if i have to open a whole bottle for 2 tbsp i’d love for it to be something i actually want to drink the rest of!

  • Reply Becky June 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Yum!! Those look great… and how good would that be in like a pork rice noodle bowl… the possibilities!!

    If I were to make a big batch, how long do you think it would keep in the fridge?


    xx Becky

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 5, 2014 at 10:56 am

      Oh it’ll keep for a good while. I’d say a month, if properly covered. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply How to Philosophize with Cake June 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Mmmm, that sounds delicious! I love teriyaki flavors, I’ll have to try this sauce sometime soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs June 4, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    This recipe is literally making my mouth water. Your photography is STUNNING.

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  • Reply Tessa @ Style Sweet CA June 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I’m usually all about the sweets, but this looks sooooo yummy right now! I could put teriyaki on anything, and I am totally gonna try this recipe soon.

  • Reply Krys June 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Wow, that sauce looks delicious! I usually find teriyaki too sweet so I’m keen to try your version.

  • Reply Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life June 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    My darling other half is a huge fan of drumsticks (he thinks they are the perfect food – ‘food on a stick!’ is usually his battle cry) and I am always wary of using bottled teriyaki sauce because who really knows what’s in there…
    Very relieved that now I will be able to use your yummy, homemade recipe instead. Thanks Adrianna ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Belinda@themoonblushbaker June 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Teriyaki is one the best glazes! i am fan of it on chicken wings and drumlettes as the burnt bits is definitely were it is at.

  • Reply chelsy June 5, 2014 at 3:20 am

    You are definitely correct about the obsession w/ drumsticks as a kid. When I was little, my grandmother used to take my sister and I to Luby’s cafeteria here in Texas. The only think I ever wanted was a fried chicken drumstick w/ a side of mac n’ cheese, mashed potatoes + gravy, a jello cup, and a warm, fluffy, buttered roll. There is definitely something comforting about that drumstick, plus it made me feel like Pebbles from the Flintstones. When you said your dad calls you and suggests things to make for your blog, my dad is totally like that too! He will call me and say “I just had this bomb.com cake at insert name of lunch restaurant here, and you got to re-create it asap!” Oh, and he will proof edit my blog posts and text me…oh hey, by the way…you need to fix this in your blog post…gotta love dads. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Rodrigo June 5, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Awesome recipe Adrianna! I’m trying to customize one for some time and i believe this recipe can solve my issue.

    Thank you!

    Ps.: If you need any idea, tip or chat from brazilian food, just send a tell.

  • Reply Samina | The Cupcake Confession June 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

    How am I ever going to control myself when I make this delicious stuff! I think I’ll need some food to go with that sauce instead of the other way round! haha!! This looks AWEEEEEEE-SUMMMMM! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Reply Francesca June 8, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I’m a (chicken) breast lady, myself…But I’d put this on anything, all day!

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  • Reply Sarah Y. June 13, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Looks delicious! My mom makes hers with pineapple and apples for added natural sweetness. Will find out if she adds honey like your recipe.

  • Reply Gabi June 14, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Thank you for the recipe, definitely going to try it!

  • Reply Aaron June 19, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Says in the recipe to sprinkle baking powder on the chicken.. How much?

  • Reply Calliope July 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I made this, except I sub’d pineapple juice for the rice wine, & it turned out great. My husband told me I need to make it again & often. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

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  • Reply kim November 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I used your recipe to make a teriyaki style pork roast. Tripled the recipe and did not use the wine as I didn’t want to go to the store. All in slowcooker for 5 hours. Turned the meat over a couple times, and layer cut it into 4 chunks for the last hour so the flavor would really get in there. My husband said it was one of the best tasting meats ever.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme November 26, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Dude, this sounds so good. You definitely made it your own – love this!

  • Reply Vera December 26, 2014 at 6:32 am

    Great recipe! I doubled the ingredients because I used it to marinade a small pork tenderloin. Flavors are perfectly balanced and tasted so fresh – definitely do not use powdered ginger or powdered garlic. Not too sweet and not salty – hooray! This is a keeper.

  • Reply Erika May 2, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    This was amazing! I omitted the ginger because I had none on hand and it was still so so good! Basted my chicken with it as it was grilling.

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  • Reply Sandi green July 20, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I love the recipe. I just can’t figure out what the baking powder does to the recipe?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme July 20, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Good question. Baking powder is often times used in sauces (like this one) to help congeal the ingredients together. Baking powder is one part sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and acid salts and corn starch, so everything in baking powder works to help merry the sauce completely together.

  • Reply Tim Sous Chef July 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    This was a great recipe. The taste was spot on. Thank you!

  • Reply Dan August 15, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Love the recipe and shared it on Twitter etc. Someone asked me to publish it on another site so I have put this site as a credit.http://tajinny.com/recipe/167/Teriyaki%20Chicken

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme August 15, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Why would they ask you to do that. The original recipe is here.

      • Reply Dan August 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm

        Because it’s a great recipe. Plus the credit and link is aimed here so it’s good ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Margie September 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Is there a substation for sweet rice wine?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 13, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      You can use regular rice wine! Or another type of vinegar would also work.

  • Reply Riya Panday March 22, 2018 at 3:11 am

    Wow this looks so good! I love teriyaki is a favorite in my home. Iโ€™m sure everyone would gobble this up.

  • Reply Riya Panday April 14, 2018 at 4:43 am

    sounds really good. How do you store it? What do you think โ€“ how long can you keep it in the fridge?

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