Teriyaki’ refers to a cooking technique for cooking (usually baked, broiled or wok ) a product to which a sweet-tasting marinade is added. Besides, the sauce with the ingredients of that marinade has also been called with this name. Its flavour and appearance are unmistakable.

What ingredients does this carry?

This term derives from 2 other words: ‘Teri’, which refers to the shine or varnish provided by the sauce, and ‘yaki’, referring to the cooking method (roast). Among its essential ingredients are soy sauce, sugar or honey, rice vinegar (mirin) and rice wine (sake). From there you can add others such as corn starch, garlic, ginger, chilli, sesame oil, water … But it also admits the incorporation of more aromatic elements. It is recommended to crush them all with a blender.

In many occasions, instead of sugar (white or brown) or honey, the juice or syrup of some fruits is used, such as pineapple or peach, which brings sweetness and, in the case, from meats, helps to soften its hardness slightly.

Origin teriyaki.’

In fact, it is said that Japanese emigrants invented this sauce on the island of Hawaii who created a marinade with local products such as pineapple juice that they mixed with soy sauce. Today, in Japan, it is used with numerous fish such as salmon, eel and tuna, and in the West, it is used for different meats such as pork, chicken or veal.

How to use it

There are two ways to apply this marinade to the product: dip the raw material in it, leave it for a while and cook both together or go painting, with a brush or brush, the ingredient with the ‘teriyaki’ several times until it is cooked. Ideally, mix the ingredients and preheat them to reduce, Caramelize and boost the flavour. But it can also be done in the previous marinade, more liquid and light.

The Way to Generate homemade teriyaki


  • 75 ml of soy sauce
  • One tablespoon brown sugar
  • One tablespoon honey
  • 30 ml of mirin (rice vinegar)
  • 30 ml of water
  • One tablespoon sake
  • One tablespoon cornstarch
  • One teaspoon grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • One piece of chilli pepper (optional)

Form of elaboration:

In a large bowl, add the soy, the mirin, the sake, the sugar, the honey, the ginger and the chilli pepper and the crushes with the blender. Then, put the result in a saucepan to reduce slightly. Add the corn starch dissolved with the water, add to the sauce and cook until it thickens. Eliminate the foam which creates on the outside; also, you’d have it ready to utilize.

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