Do you know about Japanese Teriyaki? I’m sure you’ve heard of it, you’ve probably tasted it too… but have you ever tried making it? It’s way easier than you think!
What is “Teriyaki”?
Teriyaki（照り焼き）is a way of cooking using a soy sauce based sauce.
So technically, “teriyaki sauce” and “teriyaki” itself are different terms.
Teri（照り）means gloss and because of the sugar in the sauce, it will be glossy.
Teriyaki sauce is often used for chicken and fish (often yellowtail is used in Japan) but of course you can use the technique for anything!
Teriyaki Sauce is Simple to Make
This recipe is extremely tasty, yet quick and easy so I repeatedly make it at home, in fact it’s one of the best home recipes I’ve got.
The ingredients used in Teriyaki sauce are simply soy sauce, sake, sugar and mirin. That’s it! Only four ingredients which are very accessible, you can find them in most local supermarkets worldwide! (Important!)
Why don’t you make this beautiful crispy and glossy teriyaki chicken for the weekend? If you like chicken and crispy food, it will never disappoint you for sure!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is teriyaki chicken made of?
Teriyaki（照り焼き）is a way of cooking typically using soy sauce, mirin, sake, sugar.
Technically speaking, teriyaki in Japanese does not refer to any types of sauce, but generally the way of cooking contains soy sauce, sake or/and mirin, sugar.
What’s the difference between teriyaki sauce and soy sauce?
Soy sauce is just soy sauce as it is, Teriyaki usually contains soy sauce, sake or/and mirin, sugar.
What does teriyaki chicken taste like?
Some people say it’s a bit like sweet and sour but I would say it’s more towards the sweet side.
Do they eat teriyaki in Japan?
Yes, indeed! But maybe not as often as you think Japanese people would. It’s not really something I would eat that often.
What does teriyaki mean in Japanese?
Teri（照り）means gloss and Yaki（焼き）means frying/cooking.
Can I substitute teriyaki for soy sauce?
I personally wouldn’t recommend it.
What is teriyaki sauce used for?
If you mean soy sauce, sake or/and mirin, sugar combo, chicken and particular fish such as Yellowtail are the most popular options.