Whenever it is time to heat the grills, Teriyaki seems to be a famous smell throughout the neighbourhood, maybe the frozen, pre-marinated bag of chicken from Costco or a store-bought bottle of teriyaki sauce. My extended family BBQs have consisted of simple salads with grilled chicken marinated in bottled teriyaki sauce. But today, I’ll use it as a sauce for my BBQ burgers.
It’s not terrible; it is a quick and easy meal. But I am a proponent of making as much as possible from scratch. It is cheaper, healthier, and one less bottle to store in the “condiment” buckets in the fridge. In the past, I have discussed my determination to eliminate salad dressing (which I have not in over 6 months), but I also make many of my own condiments and all marinades.
Teriyaki is a simple mix of common ingredients, all of which you should keep in your healthy pantry to make quick and flavorful meals: soy sauce, orange juice (or mirin if you have it), honey, and garlic and ginger (ginger freezes excellently by the way).
Rich Teriyaki Sauce Recipe
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 tablespoon garlic minced or grated
- 2 teaspoons ginger grated
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- Combine all ingredients (except cornstarch), whisking to combine.
- Take about 1/2 cup of sauce to use with about 1 pound of meat or 4 cups of veggies.
- Place remaining sauce in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and simmer until the sauce is thickened to desired consistency. Serve with protein, brown rice, and vegetables like broccoli or cooked carrots.