Sweet and savory Vegan Teriyaki Sauce is easy to make from scratch in 15 minutes with only 6 ingredients. It's delicious on tofu, rice bowls, noodles, veggie burgers, and more.
The secret to taking a meal from average to extraordinary often comes down to a simple sauce. In fact, it's arguably the most important step I discuss in my free Instant Flavor guide.
And utilizing this vegan Teriyaki sauce is a sure way to elevate the taste of foods from vegetables to grains to proteins. Plus this homemade recipe tastes better than what you'll find at the supermarket.
Why you'll love this recipe
- You only need 6 ingredients plus water to make it.
- It's oil-free, gluten-free, and sweetened with coconut sugar.
- It tastes better than store-bought versions and is delicious on a variety of foods as a marinade and dipping sauce.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Tamari (If you are not following a gluten-free diet, you can use soy sauce instead. Or for a soy-free version, coconut aminos can be used, but will result in a sweeter, less salty sauce.)
- Coconut sugar (If unavailable, substitute ⅔ the amount of brown sugar in place of the coconut sugar. Or use an equal amount of date sugar or organic white sugar.)
- Fresh garlic
- Fresh ginger
- Rice vinegar
- Cornstarch (Or substitute an equal amount of arrowroot powder or potato starch.)
For the complete list of ingredients with measurements plus recipe instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Making homemade vegan teriyaki sauce couldn't be simpler.
All you need to do is place the ingredients in a small pot, bring to a simmer, and whisk until thickened. The cooking time is only 5 to 10 minutes.
You can also use it as a stir-fry sauce when making Chickpea Stir Fry. Or drizzle some on top of steamed vegetables and rice for an easy and flavorful meal.
And don't forget the veggie burgers! Make yours Hawaiian style with a pineapple ring and slather of sticky salty and sweet sauce.
Storing and freezing
Store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it in a freezer zipper bag or glass container with a tightfitting lid for up to 3 months.
Coconut sugar, also called coconut palm sugar, is a natural sugar made from coconut palm sap. According to Healthline, "It’s very similar to regular table sugar, although it’s not as processed and contains minor amounts of nutrients."
Yes, the cornstarch thickens the sauce. You can also use potato starch or arrowroot powder.
Some commercial brands of teriyaki sauce contain sweeteners such as honey or white sugar processed with bone char which make them not vegan-friendly.
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Homemade Vegan Teriyaki Sauce
- Place all the ingredients in a small sauce pan.
- Over medium heat, whisk the ingredients until the sauce comes to a low boil. Whisk continuously until the sauce has thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes.
Nutritional information is an estimation only.