Healthy-ish Teriyaki Sauce

Just admit it, you like a teriyaki stir fry with rice, vegetables, and meat of your choice.

The challenge we often have is that teriyaki is often a little expensive, hard to find these days and very salty.  I also find that the store-bought version is very runny (thin) and does not provide a nice coating on the meats.

No need to panic!  The Viking Heart Warrior is here to help, and I’ve found this simple, fast and delicious recipe for homemade teriyaki sauce.

I, of course, modified it to suit my dietary pickiness, and substituted a few ingredients and omitted a few others.

The sauce is only healthy-ish as we do use a fair amount of brown sugar, so not something you would eat as soup 🙂

All you need is 5-10 minutes, a small little pot and below ingredients.



  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut Aminos (instead of soy sauce)
  • 12 tablespoons honey
  • 1 large clove of finely chopped garlic
    • alternatively, use a teaspoon of the minced garlic in a jar
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh and finely chopped ginger
    • alternatively, use 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of cold water


  1. Take your little pot you dug out of the cupboard
  2. Add 1 cup of water, the brown sugar, Coconut Aminos, honey, garlic, and ginger
  3. Turn the heat up to medium, and let the mixture slowly heat up …. DO NOT boil it!
  4. While it is heating up, grab a small bowl from the shelf
  5. Add the corn starch and mix in 1/4 cup of water
  6. Whisk the ingredients together, until the corn starch is dissolved
  7. Slowly add the cornstarch to the pot with your mixture
  8. Continue to heat the sauce, a low heat
  9. It will slowly thicken and you remove it what you have the thickness you like

Let it cool off before you use it for the marinade.  Store it in the fridge for safekeeping.

The “lumps” in your homemade teriyaki sauce are the garlic and ginger pieces.  They add excellent flavor to your dish and gives the sauce a nice kick.

Like all homemade and fresh foods, they do not last too long, so make sure you only make the teriyaki sauce if you need it for your meal plans.

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