When people ask how it’s possible to get dinner prepped in 10 minutes, they always assume that meals must come from a quick fix solution like boxed meals or canned food. While I definitely will use canned items in some of my recipes, like our favorite Dump and Run Taco Soup, there are many other tips and tricks.
After spending nearly two months detoxing of all sugars and carbs in my diet, no, it was not one bit fun, but it yielded amazing results, I’m slowly adding back in my favorite foods, but also attempting to keep more whole foods in our diet.
Many people think that quick and easy meals can’t be done, while including healthy meal options.
This Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is a great example of keeping it healthy and a wonderful option for adding great flavor to my lean chicken, brown rice and stir fry veggies. Try it in my Thai Mushroom Chicken Stir Fry (and if you aren’t a fan of mushrooms, just easily omit them.)
When I make homemade sauces, I am guaranteed of what is in it and I can make it for a fraction of the cost. I know it’s not laden with chemicals, nor too sweet for our taste. The majority of Asian sauces, at least the way I make them up, consists of soy sauce, garlic and ginger. This is no exception, but personal preference plays a big part in determining just how you like it.
As you learn to play with flavor profiles, you will feel more comfortable with variations. For instance, the main recipe below has beef broth as a base, but you could easily substitute rice wine and some pineapple juice and then adjust the amounts.
Begin with this base recipe, but then add more garlic, ginger, or sugar based on your family’s taste buds. I always add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and sometimes onion powder in my Asian mixes, but for many, they don’t want the extra heat when it comes to a sweeter Teriyaki Sauce.
I can’t wait to see what you try. You will find yourself doubling or tripling the recipe and enjoying this on so many different things. The kids will love dipping their Sesame Chicken Tenders in it.
Recipe: Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
Summary: You will never buy Teriyaki Sauce again once you realize how delicious homemade sauce can be.
- 4 1/2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 T brown sugar
- 1 can (14.5 oz) beef broth
- 2 T soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger (fresh is amazing, but not necessary)
- Peel and mince garlic cloves (or use store bought minced garlic)
- In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients and whisk until blended.
- Bring to a boil, then cook for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Continue cooking and stirring until sauce has thickened.
- Serve with rice and chicken or my Pork Kebobs..
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 2 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
Other variations I have tried: 1/2 C soy sauce, 1/2 C brown sugar, 1/4 C mirin rice wine, 1 T fresh ginger (mix first 3 ingredients over heat, then adding ginger at the end.)