An easy healthy Teriyaki Sauce with only 4 ingredients. Perfect for grilled teriyaki chicken and wok teriyaki chicken thighs.
Teriyaki sauce is one of my family’s favorite sauces. It pairs so nicely with chicken and rice. This sauce is sweet, savory and so delicious.
We live and love easy recipes like this teriyaki sauce recipe. It’s an added bonus that it’s healthy. If you’re looking for the prefect keto-friendly teriyaki sauce, you’ve found it. With only 4 ingredients and a few simple steps it can be ready very quickly.
INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTHY TERIYAKI SAUCE:
4-ingredient recipes are awesome, no exception for this one. Make your own healthy teriyaki sauce with these 4 ingredients:
- Japanese Sake
- Monk fruit sugar or other 1:1 zero calorie sweetener
INGREDENT SUBSTITUTES AND ALTERNATIVES:
Although it’s becoming easier to find these ingredients in the regular grocery store, sometimes it can be impossible. I typically pick up these ingredients at my local Asian Market. If you don’t have the convenience of a local Asian Market you can try some of these alternatives.
Tamari alternative: low sodium or regular soy sauce
Japanese sake alternatives: dry sherry or rice wine
Mirin alternatives: sushi rice vinegar or rice wine + a little sugar to mimic the sweetness of mirin
Monk fruit sugar alternatives: 1:1 zero calorie sweetener or regular sugar (recipe will no longer be low-carb or keto-friendly if regular sugar is added)
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE TERIYAKI SAUCE:
This recipe is very easy to make.
Simply add all four ingredients into a sauce pan, bring to a boil then reduce heat slightly and simmer until reduced by half. During this time of simmering, the monk fruit sugar will dissolve and sauce will thicken slightly.
NOTE: This sauce is thin. If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can try adding a cornstarch slurry (1 part cornstarch to 1 part cold water). This will thicken the sauce so it can be used over grilled/cooked meat or rice.
We used this sauce to make Teriyaki Chicken Thighs to use in our Teriyaki Chicken Bowls. With these recipes we finish cooking the chicken in the sauce. As the sauce cooks, it reduces even more and becomes very strong in flavor, dark in color and thick.
HOW TO STORE SAUCE:
This sauce can be stored in a jar in the fridge for up to 1 month.
NOTE: Depending on what kind of sugar/sugar substitute is used, it may begin to crystalize during storage. If this happens, simply reheat over the stove or in the microwave to dissolve the sugar crystals. If using monk fruit sugar, this is normal.
LIKE THIS RECIPE? YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE:
- Instant Pot White Rice
- Wok Chicken & Broccoli
- Wonton Soup
- Teriyaki Chicken Thighs
- Teriyaki Chicken Bowls
HERE’S THE FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE. ENJOY!
- 1 cup Mirin
- 1 cup Japanese Sake
- 1 cup Tamari
- 2/3 cup Monk fruit sugar (zero calorie sweetener)
- In a 2 quart sauce pan add all ingredients. Stir or whisk to combine. Bring to a boil.
- Set heat to medium high and let simmer until sauce as reduced by half, stirring occasionally. This can take up to 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat. use immediately or store in a jar with a lid in the fridge for up to 1 month.
It is normal to see some crystals form during storage. To dissolve you can reheat sauce using the stove or microwave.
This sauce can be thickened with a cornstarch slurry (1 Tablespoon cold water to 1 tablespoon cornstarch). Whisk into sauce when boiling. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute before removing from the heat. This method is great if you plan on using this sauce to serve with grilled chicken or as a topping.
We like to cook cubed chicken thighs in this sauce (without using a slurry). We allow the sauce to reduce, thicken and become very dark while cooking the chicken in it. See Teriyaki Chicken Bowls recipe.
Recipe adapted from Chloe Ting.