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Updated on March 31, 2013

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Have you ever wondered how to make teriyaki sauce? Real Japanese teriyaki sauce? Did you know that it's actually very easy to make homemade teriyaki sauce?

There are a number of ways that homemade teriyaki sauce can be made, but the recipe in this lens was taught to me by my mother, who is from Japan. And, as she says, "This is how we make it in Japan."

Although teriyaki sauce is readily available to buy, homemade teriyaki sauce is very easy to make. Once you learn how to make teriyaki sauce, it can be used to make many dishes, such as teriyaki chicken, teriyaki chicken wings, teriyaki chicken kabobs, or teriyaki salmon. Actually, teriyaki sauce is delicious on beef and pork as well. It can even be used on grilled vegetables or as a marinade.

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So, keep reading to learn how to make teriyaki sauce.

Some Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipes

How to Make Teriyaki Sauce

Grilling With Teriyaki Sauce - in addition to molasses and dry sherry, this recipe also uses Accent.

Teriyaki Sauce - a recipe using brown sugar and corn starch.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe - an interesting recipe using oil, honey and yellow mustard.

Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade - in addition to rice vinegar, this recipe uses sesame oil and red pepper flakes.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce- another recipe using sesame oil, but also includes onion powder and garlic powder.

Diabetic Recipe:Homemade Teriyaki Sauce - this recipe uses unsweetened ketchup and black pepper.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce - this homemade teriyaki recipe uses pineapple in heavy syrup.

Japanese Teriyaki Marinade - this recipe uses honey and wasabi powder.

How do you use teriyaki sauce?

What's your favorite way to use teriyaki sauce?

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It doesn't take much to make homemade teriyaki sauce. The teriyaki ingredients are actually very simple.

* 1/2 C soy sauce

* 1/2 C brown sugar

* 1/4 C mirin rice wine

* 1 T fresh ginger

Mirin Rice Wine - Use this in your homemade teriyaki sauce

Mirin rice wine is a popular Japanese cooking wine, and because of it's sweet flavor is excellent to use in making homemade teriyaki sauce. Try some!

Aji-Mirin, Japanese sweet cooking rice wine - 10 oz x 2 bottles
Aji-Mirin, Japanese sweet cooking rice wine - 10 oz x 2 bottles

This is a sweet low-alcohol (less than 1%) cooking seasoning that gives Yakitori, and Teriyaki and Sukiyaki the full-flavored sweetness and shiny glaze for which they're known. May be added in place of sugar or honey in your main dish recipes, and you only need a small amount so one 17 oz bottle goes a long way. We offer premium quality Kikkoman brand imported from Japan, in a 17 oz plastic bottle. Keep refrigerated after opening.


Let's Make Teriyaki Sauce!

Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

I make homemade teriyaki sauce quite often in my home. It's very simple and very easy to prepare, and doesn't take long to make.

Here's how to make teriyaki sauce:

1) Combine soy sauce, brown sugar and mirin rice wine.

2) Bring to a boil and continue cooking until the sugar is completely dissolved.

3) Remove from heat and add grated ginger.

Viola! Homemade teriyaki sauce!

Refrigerate unused portion for later use.

Teriyaki sauce can be used during grilling and/or as a marinade.

How To Make Teriyaki Sauce More Interesting

How to make teriyaki sauce to suit your taste!

Once you've learned how to make teriyaki sauce there are a number of variations you can experiment with, to find the flavor that is just right for you! Here are some variations I like to use.

Substituting white sugar for brown sugar will give you a subtle taste difference. For some reason I often have more white sugar available than brown sugar. So, I'll often use white sugar.

When making beef teriyaki I like to add minced garlic to the recipe, for a little added flavor.

Chopped green onions can be added to the recipe as well.

Pineapple juice can be added to the recipe or it can replace some of the sugar. I usually add pineapple juice when making stir-fry dishes.

You can omit the ginger. I love the full flavor of ginger and the way it gives the dish some zing, however sometimes it's a nice change to make the recipe without the ginger.

I sometimes will remove the mirin rice wine from the recipe for a change of flavor.

If you like spicy, you can try adding Chinese chili paste or red pepper flakes. Flavor to taste.

Let's Cook With A Teriyaki Grill - A convenient way to grill your homemade teriyaki sauce dishes indoors

West Bend 6111 Heart Smart Indoor Grill, Black
West Bend 6111 Heart Smart Indoor Grill, Black

This West Bend indoor grill is perfect for grilling teriyaki chicken or any of your homemade teriyaki sauce dishes. Between the water pan below the grill and the glass lid, this grill is virtually smokeless. It also has a ribbed grilling surface so that fat from the beef teriyaki that you've marinated can drain easily, and has a solid area to grill teriyaki vegetables. This indoor grill comes with heat resistant handles. And, the grill surface and drip tray are so easy to clean and are dishwasher safe too.


Homemade Teriyaki Sauce - How To Use

There are different ways to use Japanese Teriyaki sauce

Once you've made homemade teriyaki sauce, there are a number of ways you can use it in cooking. Grilling teriyaki chicken is probably my favorite way of using homemade teriyaki sauce. It gives the chicken a nice glazed look as well as giving it a sweet flavor.

But, salmon teriyaki is also a dish I love to make, and eat! There is something about the flavor combination of salmon and sweet homemade teriyaki sauce that's satisfying and delicious. Sometimes I use the homemade teriyaki sauce while grilling, and other times I'll just use it as a sauce over the salmon after it's been grilled and served. And, I like to top it off with chopped green onions for added flavor.

Also, there is something about the flavor of homemade teriyaki sauce that marrys well with steaks and hamburger. I usually like to marinate beef teriyaki dishes before grilling, this gives it a wonderful flavor and you don't even need to apply the homemade teriyaki sauce while grilling. And, I don't cook this homemade teriyaki sauce recipe when using it as a marinade, I just mix it together and then pour over the beef before letting it sit to marinate.

I always use homemade teriyaki sauce when making spam musubi. Dipping the grilled spam into the teriyaki sauce just before pressing it into the rice gives the spam musubi an amazingly delicious flavor!

Another way I love to use homemade teriyaki sauce is on vegetables. I don't cook the vegetables with the homemade teriyaki sauce, I just drizzle some of the sauce over the steamed vegetables and then sprinkle roasted sesame seeds over the dish. Yum!

Sometimes we even drizzle some of the homemade teriyaki sauce over sticky rice.

There are so many yummy ways to use homemade teriyaki sauce!

Teriyaki Sauce Video - Watch how to make homemade teriyaki sauce

What are some ways you like to use teriyaki sauce? - Leave a comment!

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      Nice lens, really got me in for trying some teriyake sauce soon.

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      williamslaw 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the recipe! Love it.

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      Spirality 4 years ago

      In a stir fry with noodles

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      angela-amor 4 years ago

      I love teriyaki recipes

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      AnonymousC831 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Love it. Great lens.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 4 years ago

      With chicken and veggies. So nice that this one can be made gluten free! Just check the ingredients in your soy sauce -- tamari usually has no wheat but regular soy sauce usually does. Looking forward to trying this!

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      Justin 4 years ago from Slovenija

      With fish and poultry. It is almost unbelievable how much can add to the taste. i have to try your recipe. Thank you.

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      I had a friend named Terry Yocky and that got me into the sauce. Wonderful recipes.

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      angelatvs 4 years ago

      Love it on chicken, pork and veggies!

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      I love teriyaki sauce for marinating my meats. Last night I made a teriyaki chicken wrap, it was super delicious!! Thanks fr this delicious recipe, the next time I make something with teriyaki sauce I will absolutely be trying this!!

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love teriyaki salmon. My favorite!

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      reviewcorner 4 years ago

      Salmon and teriyaki sauce are the perfect combination!

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      It looks great

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is so cool. I would rather make it than buy it any day. Thanks for showing me how.

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      blucecio 4 years ago

      It looks good. I'd try to cook it, thanks to the recipe!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      Teriyaki is great! Thanks for sharing this!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      Teriyaki is great! Thanks for sharing this!

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      annayjo 4 years ago

      My brother LOOOVES teriyaki sauce with his grilled salmon. Salmon has a rich and sometimes a dry taste but the sweetness and saltiness of the teriyaki sauce accompanies the dish very well. When I make salmon, I usually bought the teriyaki sauce from the store and ended up throwing almost half bottles away since we couldn't finish it, but with the recipe I feel like I can make the sauce without the worry of waste. Thanks

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      ArnyMcCleary 5 years ago

      I have never tried teriyaki sauce before - looks great. I will have to give it a try.

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      mistaben 5 years ago

      Looks like yummy teriyaki sauce. Thanks for share

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      Fridayonmymind LM 5 years ago

      I can't believe it's so easy, thanks for the recipe.

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      GrimRascal 5 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      drool~ made me really hungry

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      RitaAnne 5 years ago

      Now I can make my own teriyaki sauce... Thanks for showing how... Love to have teriyaki sauce on my chicken and salmon grill :)

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      Aunt-Mollie 5 years ago

      This is making me hungry. I really love teriaki sauce on beef and chicken stir fry recipes.

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      jura 5 years ago

      I like that teriaki grill I should get one of this for me , great lens.

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      Gregory Moore 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My favorite time to use teriyaki is when making beef jerky. You gotta love some teriyaki jerky!

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      MusicMadness LM 5 years ago

      Teriyaki is one of my favourite sauces, but I've never tried making it myself. Guess I have no excuse not to now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the Japanese dilicious food, i look forward to go to Japan and have the native food there,

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      liamsquidoo 5 years ago

      Great job on the lens, can't wait to try it out!

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      NejaLovely 5 years ago

      mmm yumm!

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      Alessandro Zamboni 5 years ago from Italy

      I never tried to make Teriyaki sauce on my own, and this is a good occasion to start doing it! Thanks so much for this great lens!

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      MissKeenReviewer 5 years ago

      I've been making teriyaki sauce for a long time I am glad you shared this wonderful recipe for others to appreciate great home cooking. Nice lens and yummy too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mary. iLife teriyaki sauce on top of fried strips of chicken. Then spindle sesame seeds over tne the sauce. With rice and teriyaki over it

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      PamelaPamela 5 years ago

      Yummy, can't wait to try!

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Yummy! I love teriyaki sauce. Great lens!

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      ArtisanalFoodLo 5 years ago

      mmmmm. Teriyaki. Perfect for a Godzilla party!

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      Aquamarine18 5 years ago

      I love using teriyaki sauce when cooking chinese style food in the wok. Never knew it was so easy to make.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      For best results, try and find a quality Mirin as "aji" mirin is synthetic and taste pretty bland/salty/fake in comparison. A quality dark soy sauce will also get you some good mileage in terms of flavor. I suggest stopping by your local asian food store or fish market for these hard to find quality products. A dash of fresh ginger for chicken dishes, or fresh garlic for beef dishes will add quite a bit of complexity and harmony to your dishes as well! =)

      (I personally use "Takara Mirin" pictured here: )

      Happy Cooking!

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      djh4yla 5 years ago

      Nom! Nom! The first picture shows a very yummy dish, mmm!

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      Just look at that picture! Looks like it came right out of a restaurant. Fantastic recipe too! Thanks!

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      01jules 5 years ago

      Baked chicken legs with rice. Then marinated with teriyaki sauce for

      2 hours. Reheat and enjoy.

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      xXOUTDOORSXx 5 years ago

      nice lens, good information

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I always wanted to learn how to make this! Fab lens!

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      Teriyaki sauce in steamed rice and vegetable makes a pretty good lite lunch.

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      Coffeebreak9am 5 years ago

      I usually use Teriyaki sauce with chicken or beef when grilling or broiling. Thank you for this lens on how to make this sauce, It's great and very informative. Keep up the good work!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Wow, that was easier than I thought. Everything looks so good.

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      Vikki w 5 years ago

      i love japanese food, thanks for the sauce recipe

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      instead of the brown sugar I often use honey - nice flavor plus it help the sauce stay put where I want it. . .

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      kerilovesadeal 6 years ago

      I had no idea it was so easy to make homemade teriyaki. I just buy it from the store. Wow... it's now on my cooking "to-do" list. Anybody got a good peanut butter sauce recipe for stir fried vegetables or chicken?

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      Elyn MacInnis 6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Teriyaki sauce is good to put on tofu and caramelized before serving. Great flavor to go with dofu.

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      tyrosine 6 years ago

      never knew it can be made at home :) great!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I usually don't like Chinese. On the east coast, I loved the teriyaki beef though, with the red teriyaki sauce. It was sweet and wonderful. They do not make it out here in AZ though. :( But perhaps I will experiment and find how to make my own teriyaki sauce!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just stopped by to post this lens to FaceBook.

      I love teriyaki sauce. ")

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      Kenny_Smithers 6 years ago

      I think I'll do my best to try and make one of the recipes tonight. Thanks

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      A wonderful recipe - thank you. I can't wait to try it. Happy St Patrick's Day!

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      Teri Villars 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My youngest used to call it terry-yucky sauce. A green Squid Angel blessing to you! It's not spoiled, it is Saint Patrick's Day!

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      Great lens and tips!

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      owe i love this stuff, now I need go out for dinner :-)

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      Don Wilson 6 years ago from Yakima, WA

      I use about 3you times the sugar. We like it sweet.

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      sherioz 6 years ago

      I never imagined it could be this simple. I figured since it comes in a bottle and sounds so exotic, it must be complicated and hard to make. Thanks so much for this. I love the variations you suggest to make it special.

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      nophie lm 6 years ago

      it's great, looks like delicious

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      MrsPotts 6 years ago

      Very nice lens! I appreciate the recipe for homemade teriyaki sauce. :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      nice lens............

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      tebor79 6 years ago

      I always wondered what was in teriyaki sauce. Now I can make it. thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Returning with some fresh angel dust for you Japanese Teriyaki Sauce recipe.

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      Love Japanese cooking with Tariyaki . Congrads on reaching squidoo level 56. Am going for the next level. What is creativity ? thanks

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      I rather like the idea of making my own teriyaki sauce, I use it frequently on all kinds of meats. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm not very good in the kitchen, but your recipe does sound simple enough for even me to make! I love Japanese restaurants...have never tried it at home. I'll have to give it a shot! Enjoyed your lens!

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      Teriyaki sauce goes great with grilled chicken. You have to use mirin rice wine to get that authentic taste, the ginger provides a nice sour component to it. It's not too bad as part of a stew either, goes good on beef also.

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      ladykida 6 years ago

      Teriyaki sauce is so versatile!

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      JohnMichael2 6 years ago

      when I make stir fry, I marinate the meat in teriyaki sauce

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      SalmonRecipes 6 years ago

      this was great..

      My mom gonna cook this for me..

      Thanks for share

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      nigel7725 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your Homemade Teriyaki Sauce recipe.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'd love me some of this indeed, 'thumbs up' for your article.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i enjoyed reading through your's very interesting and learned so much from it. thanks. don't forget to buy the freshest fish and seafood from your trusted fish wholesalers

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      peppervel 6 years ago

      always love teriyak sauce!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i want to give you double-squid like but not possible. i will mark and park this for near-future use.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i want to give you double-squid like but not possible. i will mark and park this for near-future use.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      to tell you the truth, i had lunch today at tenmaya restaurant in vienna. i ate machu-o-nochi bento. is that correct? and onigiri. i think the tuna fish was cooked with teriyaki sauce. i love japanese food. i am working for a japanese travel agency in vienna.

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      easpegren 6 years ago

      I love using teriyaki sauce, so thank you for the info. Very informative lens. Thanks.

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      Ronlove LM 6 years ago

      I always wanted to learn how to make teriyaki sauce. Awesome!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      Yummy! I love making teriyaki sauce. I tend to use agave syrup versus sugar, only because it's a little lower on the glycemic index. But it's amazing, isn't it, how delicous something so simple can be!

      Nice job!



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      All-About-India 6 years ago

      Oh boy this lens is really mouthwatering...great job

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on LOTD! Homemade must taste much better and is probably a lot more healthier. Thanks for these recipes!

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Teriaki is a big favorite in our home. Congrats on your well deserved LotD!

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      Srena44 6 years ago

      great lens

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      hysongdesigns 6 years ago

      mmmm you are making me hungry! I have to copy that recipe!

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      TheFoodDigest 6 years ago

      I love teriyaki chicken and rice. Great lens!

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      DebMartin 6 years ago

      Yummy. My friends just gave me some of their homemade teriyaki sauce. They call it Teriyaki Bliss. I sure do enjoy it on meat and veggies. It was great with venison. Now I can try making my own. Thanks!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      Congratulations on LotD!!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Congrats on LotD! My favorite cooking method is stir-fry so I truly appreciated the learning here. Thanks for teaching me how to make my own teriyaki sauce. I have all of the ingredients already and look forward to trying out your recipes. Very nicely done!

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      candy47 6 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day. I always use store bought teriyaki sauce. Not anymore! Thanks for a great lens.

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      BlenderHead LM 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD! Great lens!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh, I forgot, congrats on LotD!

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      In a stir fry with lots of summer veggies and snow peas (any meat but not fish because I'm allergic to seafood) and then I scoop onto a bed of noodles. When I have run out of rice wine, I have actually tried a half/half combo of white wine and orange juice - it actually tastes pretty good, esp. with chicken. Homemade is just so much healthier too. Thanks for sharing.

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      JennySui 6 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      desa1 6 years ago

      One of the many favorites to marinate with then cook it on the grill. Great for any cookout occasions.

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      BuddyShearer 6 years ago

      Congrats on making LotD! I love your lens, reminds me to try more Teriyaki.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. I love teriyaki sauce. So does my husband but he can't have anything with wine in it and that includes vinegars. Do you know of a substitute for the mirin rice wine? Bear hugs, Frankster