Make easy homemade teriyaki marinade in 5 minutes! This Asian-inspired sauce flavors and tenderizes chicken, steak, pork & seafood, before cooking.
Make easy homemade teriyaki marinade in 5 minutes! This Asian-inspired sauce flavors and tenderizes chicken, steak, pork & seafood, before cooking.

Why buy teriyaki marinade when it is so very easy to make it at home? Especially with this coronavirus quarantine going on right now. You can make your own from HOME! This handy dandy marinade can be made quickly to enhance many meat entrees. It’s so quick and easy to make, it sure can save time running to the store!

Marinating is an easy way to basically BATHE the chicken (or other meats) in FLAVOR! A marinade helps to tenderize meats and permeate them with delicious seasoning that will carry over into the cooking process!

This homemade teriyaki marinade is fantastic, and I’ve used it so many times over the course of MANY years! My favorite way to use this sauce is on chicken, which you can see in my photos below. I adapted this recipe from several of my own recipes that use different types of teriyaki sauce or glaze. Today I want to share the quick recipe with you.

It’s EASY To Make Homemade Teriyaki Marinade!

To make the marinade, you will need a medium sized mixing bowl, a whisk, and 7 ingredients (including water). Place all of the marinade ingredients into the bowl.

The ingredients for the marinade are low sodium soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar and water. Whisk these together until the honey is fully dissolved, and the ingredients are fully combined. See all that minced garlic? YUM!

Ingredients for homemade teriyaki marinade are whisked together in a bowl.

Marinating Chicken Breasts

This recipe makes enough marinade to coat 4 large chicken breasts. When I took these photos I made a full batch of marinade (as written in the recipe below), but was only cooking two chicken breasts, as you can see. The recipe is EASILY doubled or tripled, however, depending on the quantity you will need.

Place the mixed marinade into a resealable storage bag or into a covered container. Add the fresh or thawed chicken (or other meat you are marinating). Seal the bag. Use your hands to “smoosh” the bag around so the chicken becomes fully covered in marinade.

If using a container, cover the chicken with marinade using a spoon, or by dredging all sides in the sauce, until covered. Place a lid on the container.

Chicken breasts are added to the marinade in a resealable bag.The teriyaki marinade covers the meat to give it flavor.

Marinating Time!

Place the sealed bag or covered container into the refrigerator to let the meat marinate. The time to marinate will depend on the recipe you are using the sauce for.

Follow your recipe’s directions for length of marinating time, but I would recommend always at least 30 minutes for peak flavors to permeate the meat!  Once done marinating, remove the chicken (or other meat) from the marinade, and let the excess drain off. Discard the marinade that has been in contact with raw meat.

NOTE: When we grill teriyaki chicken or steak outside, I set aside a few Tablespoons of the marinade BEFORE adding the meat. We can then use the reserved marinade to brush on the chicken or steak while they’re on the grill.

Two chicken breasts after being marinated for 30 minutes.

Time To Cook The Marinated Meat

We enjoy teriyaki chicken or steak, cooked over hot coals on our Weber BBQ, as weather permits. We live in Oregon, so we BBQ outside as often as we can, when it is not raining.

Teriyaki chicken breasts cooking on a Weber BBQ.

Marinated meats, like these chicken breasts can also be cooked indoors on a cast iron grill, on a George Foreman electric grill, or baked or broiled in the oven! However you choose to cook the meat, the teriyaki flavor will shine through!

Chicken breasts with homemade teriyaki marinade cooking on cast iron grill.

I hope you enjoy this delicious homemade teriyaki marinade. It really will enhance the flavor of your favorite cuts of meats! Have a great day, and thank you for stopping by. Hope you stay healthy and full of hope! We are all in this together!

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Homemade Teriyaki Marinade
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Make easy homemade teriyaki marinade in 5 minutes! This Asian-inspired sauce flavors and tenderizes chicken, steak, pork & seafood, before cooking.

Category: Condiments, Marinades, Sauces
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: homemade teriyaki marinade
Servings: 1
Calories Per Serving: 230 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cup soy sauce (low sodium, preferably)
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar , light or dark
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger , finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Measure soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar and water into a medium sized mixing bowl. Whisk until the honey is fully dissolved, and ingredients are fully combined.

  2. NOTE: When we grill teriyaki chicken or steak outside, I set aside a few Tablespoons of the marinade BEFORE adding the meat. We then use the reserved marinade to brush on the chicken or steak while they're over the hot fire, to help keep them moist.

  3. Pour marinade into a resealable storage bag or container with a lid. Add fresh or thawed chicken (or other meat you are marinating). Seal the bag. Use your hands to "smoosh" the bag around so the meat becomes fully covered in marinade. If using a container, cover the chicken with marinade using a spoon, or by dredging all sides in the sauce, until covered. Place a lid on the container. Refrigerate/marinate meat for length of time specified in YOUR recipe. I recommend a minimum of 30 minutes, though, for best flavor! When finished marinating, drain excess from meat, and discard the marinade that has been in contact with the raw meat.

  4. Proceed with your recipe directions from this point forward. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The caloric calculation is for the entire batch of marinade, which is enough to cover 4 chicken breasts.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Teriyaki Marinade
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2840mg123%
Potassium 153mg4%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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