Teriyaki Sauce Recipe
Clean Eating

Teriyaki Sauce


I get so frustrated when I find a delicious sounding recipe for a Teriyaki dish, and then when you read the ingredients list you find store-bought teriyaki sauce. Who needs a recipe to tell them to buy a bottle of teriyaki sauce, pour it over meat and cook? That’s not  my idea of a recipe.  The problem with store bought teriyaki sauce is that it usually contains all kinds of bad stuff that isn’t good for anyone, and is absolutely not allowed on the healthy eating program (clean eating) my husband and I follow that allows us to eat delicious food, shed excess pounds we were carrying, and keep it off. Aside from the crazy sodium content,  store bought sauces contain all those additives and preservatives no one should be ingesting. So here’s a recipe for Teriyaki Sauce for those of us who believe that recipes don’t come out of store bought bottles!  Please scroll to the bottom of the page if you’d like to say “yay to that!’ in a comment 🙂


  • 4 1/2 tsp cornstarch (I use arrowroot powder instead because I eat clean)
  • 1 T brown sugar (I use Splenda diet brown sugar to cut the sugar content without cutting the flavor)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) beef broth
  • 2 T soy sauce (I use coconut aminos, a healthy clean eating soy sauce substitute without all that sodium and soy!)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (fresh is amazing, but not necessary)


  1. Peel and mince garlic cloves (or use store bought minced garlic)
  2. In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients and whisk until blended.
  3. Bring to a boil, then cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Continue cooking and stirring until sauce has thickened.


1/2 C soy sauce, 1/2 C brown sugar, 1/4 C mirin rice wine, 1 T fresh ginger (mix first 3 ingredients over heat, then adding ginger at the end.)
Pairing Suggestion:
Serve with Homemade Sesame Chicken Tenders, see below:

Homemade Sesame Chicken Tenders

Summary: These easy Sesame Chicken Tenders will make you forget the restaurant variety when you see just how simple and delicious this bakes up every time.


  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (or tenders)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (light works just fine)
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups crushed round buttery crackers
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cut chicken into strips (if using breasts)
  3. Stir together the mayo, onion and mustard.
  4. Combine crackers and sesame seeds.
  5. Dip chicken into mayo mixture; then dredge in cracker mixture.
  6. Repeat process again (time permitting)
  7. Place chicken on lightly greased baking sheet or stone.
  8. Bake at 425 degrees until done, approximately 15 minutes.
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  • Linda

    I like that you have a recipe for Teriyaki sauce, but now I need one to replace Soy Sauce so I can make this Teriyaki Sauce. (Soy is a hormone disrupter and should be avoided by persons with Thyroid conditions.)
    Do you have such a recipe (soy free) in the works. Would be great!

    • Clever Cook

      Hi Linda, thanks for the question – and its a great question, by the way. Yes, you can make the recipe without soy sauce by substituting Coconut Aminos for the soy sauce. Coconut aminos is a healthy substitute for soy sauce that you can use in any recipe, and I do this all the time whenever soy sauce is called for in a recipe (I’m into clean eating – check out my other site OnlyEatClean.com, based on your question, you’ll probably like what you find there. If you use the link I gave you above for the coconut aminos, you’ll get an automatic 5% discount at the checkout, and until Jan 30, 2019 you can also apply this coupon code which will bump the discount to 10%: NEW19 You can also learn more about coconut aminos by reading the product info there. This one is the brand I personally use.

      Since we got onto the topic of clean eating, I’ll mention that I never actually use cornstarch in my own cooking – whenever it is in a recipe, I always substitute Arrowroot Powder, which is all natural and works the same as cornstrach. Once again,just use equivalent amounts. And if you want to learn more about clean eating, please do go to my other site. You will never turn back once you start eating clean because you will look and feel amazing without sacrificing amazing food!!!

      iHerb.com is where I buy all my health supplements and a lot of clean eating speciality ingredients like the coconut aminos because they truly do have much better prices than I can find locally or elsewhere online, and the shipping is cheap! Anyway, try the coconut aminos anytime you need to substitute something for soy sauce. And let me know how this recipe works out for you!

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