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Easy Teriyaki Marinade

Easy Teriyaki Marinade

A great way to get that sweet and savory teriyaki kick to your favorite dish! This marinade is sure to add flavor to whatever you're grilling and, works particularly well with pork, poultry, fish, and tofu. The plus side? You can make an extra batch, simmer it until thickened and drizzle on top of grilled meats and vegetables. Either way, it is fantastic.
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Course: Marinades/Brines
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: marinade recipe, teriyaki marinade
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1.25 cups
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed (1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 cloves minced garlic)


  • Combine all marinade ingredients into a medium bowl.
    Gently whisk ingredients. Allow the mixture sit for 10 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved. Whisk through once more before using.
    Use marinade immediately or store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
    Recipe makes 1 1/4 cups of marinade.
  • Marinating times:
    Beef, pork, and lamb for 4-12 hours.
    Chicken and other poultry for 4-8 hours.
    Fish, seafood, vegetables and meat substitutes for 1-2 hours.
  • How to make the sauce:
    Place marinade ingredients into a small saucepan.
    Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir occasionally and watch for burning. Reduce the heat as needed.
    Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes. If the mixture is too runny, thicken with a cornstarch solution.
    Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 1 tablespoon of water.
    Turn the heat up on your stove to medium-high and whisk in the cornstarch slurry.
    Let the teriyaki sauce simmer for 30 seconds to activate the cornstarch.
    The mixture will be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
    Remove saucepan from heat, cover, and keep warm until ready to use.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5324mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg