Teriyaki sauce is a sweet and savory sauce that is often used in Japanese cuisine for dishes such as chicken teriyaki, beef teriyaki and salmon teriyaki.
The sauce is known for its unique flavor, which is a combination of sweet and salty and sometimes contains a hint of umami. Here are the main ingredients of teriyaki sauce:
- Soy sauce: Soy sauce forms the savory base of the sauce and gives it its salty taste. It is an essential ingredient in many Asian sauces.
- Sake: Sake is a Japanese rice wine and is used to give the sauce a subtle alcoholic touch. It also helps to balance other flavors in the sauce.
- Mirin: Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine that gives the sauce its sweet taste. It has a mildly sweet and slightly syrupy texture.
- Sugar: Sugar, usually in the form of granulated or brown sugar, is added to sweeten the sauce and give it a glossy texture.
Optional ingredients: Depending on the recipe, a teriyaki sauce may contain additional seasonings, such as garlic, ginger, honey or sesame seeds.
Teriyaki sauce is often used as a marinade for meat, fish or vegetables before they’re grilled, roasted or fried. During cooking, the sugar in the sauce caramelizes, which gives the meat or fish a sheen.
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp brown caster sugar
- ¼ red pepper
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cm ginger fresh
- Mix the sesame oil with the rice vinegar and soy sauce in a bowl. Add the brown caster sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Clean the ginger and garlic and chop finely. Also chop the red pepper finely. Add to the soy sauce and stir.
- Place the meat or fish in this marinade and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.