Classic Teriyaki BBQ Sauce

teriyaki sauce

Teriyaki sauce, known to many! A Japanese, somewhat sweet, darkish in color, shiny, slightly sour sauce. Did you know that this sauce is very easy to make yourself? Making this Teriyaki sauce won't take much time and it'll surprise you how delicious it is.
Drizzle this homemade Classic Teriyaki BBQ Sauce on a beautiful smoked salmon or some amazing grilled chicken skewers and it will blow you away!

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Chicken, Fish, Sauce
Cuisine Asian, Barbecue, Japanese
Servings 8
Calories 142 kcal


  • 2 tbsp garlic chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp ginger chopped fine
  • 3 tbsp peanut oil
  • 125 ml cane sugar
  • 250 ml soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp water


  • Grab all three garlic cloves, take the bottom of and slice them with a Chef’s knife in the opposite direction. Now you have to chop the garlic as fine is you can.
  • The previous written instruction for the garlic applies to the ginger as well. Cut off the skin of the ginger, slice it and chop it as fine as you can.
  • Take your carbon steel pan, place it on Napoleon Grill and add 3 tbsp of peanut oil. To check if the oil is hot enough, drop in a little bit of ginger and wait till it starts sizzling and frying.
  • Quick-fry the garlic and ginger. It doesn’t need to be fully cooked. You just want to release its flavors.
  • Add 125 ml cane sugar and 250 ml soy sauce. Mix it up and wait till the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Pour in 2 tbsp of rice vinegar and 2 tsp of sesame oil.
  • In a separate bowl, mix 3 tbsp of cornstarch and 3 tbsp water until smooth. Add this mixture and stir for 5 minutes to thicken the sauce.

Classic Teriyaki BBQ Sauce on chicken skewers

  • Skewer some beautiful chicken onto wet bamboo skewers.
  • Season the chicken skewers with a little bit of salt and pepper.
  • Fry some sliced chilli peppers and sliced spring onions in oil on a iron plate and set that aside .
  • Fry the chicken in the same oil used for the peppers and spring onions.
  • Drizzle the teriyaki sauce on the chicken and make sure every bit of chicken is covered.
  • Once caramelized, put the chicken skewers on a cutting board and let it rest for a minute.
  • Add the chilli pepper and spring onion mixture on top.
  • Finish it off with (of course!) some more teriyaki sauce. Eetsmakelijk!

Classic Teriyaki BBQ Sauce on Smoked Salmon

  • Prepare the BBQ to smoke .
  • Take a fresh salmon fillet with skin.
  • Season it with a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Place the salmon in the BBQ full of smoke, close the lit and let the salmon pick up all the smoke flavors.
  • When the salmon needs to be cooked for another 10 to 15 minutes, you drizzle it with teriyaki sauce and brush it all over the salmon.
  • When fully cooked and on a plate or cutting board, put more teriyaki sauce on top and sprinkle on some furikake. Enjoy!



Looking for a side dish with your Teriyaki Chicken or Salmon? Try Grilled Cabbage Rolls


Calories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1713mgPotassium: 81mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 0.2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
Keyword asian, BBQ, Chicken, Classic, japanese Teriyaki, poultry, Sauce, teriyaki, Teriyaki Sauce
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