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5 from 4 votes

Vegan Teriyaki Sauce

This vegan teriyaki sauce is so good you will want to dip everything in it. It is SO much more delicious than store-bought and it's super easy to make.
Prep Time3 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dip, Sauce, Savory
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 16
Calories: 32kcal


  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 cup Water (240ml)
  • ½ cup Soy Sauce (120ml)
  • 4 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Crushed
  • ½ Tbsp Fresh Ginger Finely Grated
  • 3 tsp Cornstarch
  • ¼ cup Water (60ml)


  • Add sesame oil, water, soy sauce, light brown sugar, maple syrup, crushed garlic and finely grated ginger to a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil stirring all the while and then reduce heat and simmer for around 5 minutes.
  • While the sauce is simmering, mix up a cornstarch slurry by adding cornstarch and cold water to a measuring jug and whisking together until smooth.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry to the teriyaki sauce in the saucepan and whisk it in. Let it simmer, stirring all the while for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and let it cool.
  • Serve topped with white sesame seeds (optional).


  1. Sauce consistency: The ideal sauce consistency is a little thick, but still pourable. If the sauce doesn't thicken enough, or you just want a thicker sauce, then make another cornstarch slurry with a teaspoon of cornstarch and a little water, and whisk it in again. Let the sauce simmer for a few minutes again, stirring all the while, until it has thickened up some more.
  2. Make it gluten-free: Use a gluten-free soy sauce or replace it with tamari if you need this sauce to be gluten-free.
  3. Storing: Keep your sauce stored in the fridge and enjoy within 7 days. Make sure it's completely cooled before transferring it to a jar or container and storing it in the fridge.
  4. Freezing: You can also freeze it for 2-3 months in a freezer safe container. Thaw it in the fridge and then give it a good stir before use.
  5. This recipe makes around 1 cup of teriyaki sauce. The nutritional information is based on 1 tablespoon of sauce. 


Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg