Teriyaki Sauce Recipe Easy Homemade Vegan


Transform your meals with this simple and delicious homemade vegan teriyaki sauce recipe. Forget about buying bland store-bought sauces, and create your own mouth-watering teriyaki sauce in minutes. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and low in sugar, making it perfect for any dietary needs. Not only is it easy to make, but it also packs a punch of flavor that will elevate your dishes to the next level. Get ready to impress your taste buds and impress your guests with this homemade vegan teriyaki sauce recipe.

Ingredients & Substitutions: What Is In Vegan Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

This recipe requires a handful of simple ingredients that come together to create a flavorful and delicious teriyaki sauce. You will need:

  • Water: This is used to help thin out the sauce and create a smooth consistency.
  • Sesame Oil (or olive oil): Sesame oil adds a rich, nutty flavor to the sauce. If you can’t have sesame, you can substitute it with olive oil.
  • Soy Sauce (or tamari for gluten-free): Soy sauce is a key ingredient in traditional teriyaki sauce, but it’s not vegan-friendly or gluten-free. To make this recipe vegan or gluten-free, use tamari instead.
  • Pure Maple Syrup: Maple syrup adds sweetness to the sauce without overpowering the other flavors.
  • Light Brown Sugar: Brown sugar helps to balance the salty and savory flavors of the sauce.
  • Grated Fresh Ginger: Fresh ginger adds a bright, zesty flavor to the sauce.
  • Minced Garlic: Garlic adds depth and complexity to the sauce.
  • Hot Chili Flakes: Chili flakes add a spicy kick to the sauce. You can adjust the amount of chili flakes to your liking.

To thicken the sauce, you will also need a cornstarch slurry made with:

  • Cornstarch: Cornstarch is a common thickening agent used in many sauces and gravies.
  • Cold Water: Cold water is used to dissolve the cornstarch and create a slurry that can be added to the sauce.

Helpful Tools

  • A medium saucepan is a perfect size for this recipe.
  • A whisk is useful for mixing the ingredients together and stirring the sauce while it cooks.
  • Measuring cups and spoons are essential for ensuring the right amounts of ingredients are used.
  • A small mixing bowl and fork can be used to make the cornstarch slurry.

How To Make This Vegan Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Begin by adding the oil, soy sauce, water, sugar, maple syrup, garlic, ginger, and hot chili flakes to a medium saucepan.


Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine all the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently.

Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for a few minutes.

While the sauce is simmering, make the cornstarch slurry. In a small bowl, mix together the cornstarch and cold water until it forms a smooth paste.

Once the sauce has simmered for a few minutes, slowly pour the cornstarch slurry into the saucepan while stirring constantly.

 teriyaki sauce vegan recipe

Stir the sauce until the cornstarch is fully incorporated and let it continue to simmer for at least 5 more minutes until it thickens. Stir occasionally to make sure the sauce doesn’t stick to the bottom of the saucepan.

Once the sauce has thickened to your liking, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.


If desired, top the sauce with sesame seeds for a little garnish. Finally, serve the teriyaki sauce over your favorite dish, and enjoy the delicious flavors!

Tips & Tricks

  • To make the sauce even more flavorful, consider adding a splash of rice vinegar or mirin.
  • If you prefer a sweeter sauce, increase the amount of maple syrup or brown sugar to your liking.
  • For a thicker sauce, add more cornstarch slurry as needed, but be careful not to add too much as it can make the sauce too thick.
  • Leftover sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

FAQ: Vegan Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Is teriyaki sauce vegan?

Most teriyaki sauces are vegan, but make sure to check the label as sometimes they can have honey. You can read an article on our Teriyaki Sauce Is Vegan? here.

What do I serve vegan teriyaki sauce with?

It can be used on vegan stir fry, on tofu, on meat substitutes, as a dipping sauce, on vegan kebabs, on a sheet pan dinner, or even used as a marinade. If you want to use this sauce as a marinade, simply leave out the cornstarch slurry.

Want a thicker teriyaki sauce?

Simply add a little more cornstarch slurry to your mixture. Mix 1 tsp of cornstarch with cold water, then stir it into your sauce. Give it a minute to thicken, but keep in mind that the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Don’t overdo it! Check out my Cornstarch Slurry Recipe for a helpful guide.

Can I make this sauce gluten-free?

Yes, you can use tamari instead of soy sauce to make this sauce gluten-free.

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in the sauce?

Yes, you can add more or less hot chili flakes to adjust the level of spiciness to your liking.


Easy Vegan Teriyaki Sauce

The best vegan teriyaki sauce. SO much better than store bought, and so easy to make!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American, Asian, Fusion, Vegan


  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil (olive works if you can't do sesame)
  • ½ cup soy sauce (tamari for GF)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp hot chili flakes (or more to taste)

Cornstarch Slurry

  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 tsp cold water


  • Add the oil, soy sauce, water, sugar, maple syrup, garlic, ginger and hot chili flakes to a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil while stirring. Reduce to a simmer.
  • Make the cornstarch slurry by mixing together the cornstarch and cold water.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry into the pot, stir in and let simmer for at least 5 minutes until it thickens. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't stick.
  • Remove from heat, and let cool. Top with sesame seeds if you want a little garnish.
  • Serve on your favourite dish, and enjoy! 😁


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Making your own vegan teriyaki sauce is a simple and delicious way to add flavor to your favorite dishes. With just a few ingredients, you can create a sauce that is not only tasty but also customizable to suit your preferences. Whether you are vegan, gluten-free, or simply looking for a healthier alternative to store-bought sauces, this recipe is definitely worth trying out. So go ahead and give it a go – your taste buds will thank you!

2 thoughts on “Teriyaki Sauce Recipe Easy Homemade Vegan

  1. Jackie says:

    5 stars
    Loved this vegan teriyaki sauce I used it on my fried tofu with some rice!

    • spicyveganfood says:

      Hi Jackie, thank you so much for the feedback, I love using this sauce on tofu as well!

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