Spicy Teriyaki Sauce


The year 2013 is quickly coming to a close and I wanted stop and say hello and squeeze in one last recipe for the year.  For so many dumb reasons, 2013 has not been the best year for me and frankly, I really look forward to a clean slate in 2014.  You know, you just have to realize that some years are just like that.  We’ve all had those years. Unfortunately, it is what it is. By late spring of this past year, I knew that I had to just had to put my head down, grit my teeth and push through it. And I did. It was hard. I endured a few bumps and bruises, spilled a few tears but I made it through 2013 in one piece and with my chin held high. This next year I plan on devoting more time to my blog, taking a much needed fly away tropical vacation with Bruce and most importantly, focus on simplifying my life. Oh, and I really would like to take a photography class…  Sounds like a brilliant idea doesn’t it?

Last week, I was thinking about making a batch of teriyaki sauce for some grilled salmon that I wanted to prepare later on in the work week.  This time, I wanted to prepare something different than the usual (but, delicious) teriyaki sauce that I make for my family.  I wanted a sauce that was sweet, spicy and packed a bit of heat.  My Spicy Teriyaki Sauce turned out to be just the ticket.  It’s great drizzled over grilled chicken, fish, tofu or beef.  For even more flavor, marinate your protein ingredients in the Spicy Teriyaki Sauce prior to tossing on the grill.  Maybe even use it in stir fried vegetables or noodles.  My Spicy Teriyaki Sauce is super simple to make and tastes delicious!  With that said, I hope that you will have a wonderful and prosperous 2014!  Enjoy!  Tessa


  • 1 cup light soy sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 3 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 Tbs corn starch
  • 2 Tbs garlic chili sauce (or sambal oelek)
  • 1 Tbs toasted sesame seeds

In a medium sized sauce pan whisk together all the ingredients.  Taste the sauce and add more garlic chili sauce if desired.  Place over medium low heat, cook for 30 minutes or so, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat, let cool and pour in a clean airtight container.  Store refrigerated for up two weeks.  Makes about 2 cups.

25 thoughts on “Spicy Teriyaki Sauce

  1. Karen

    So happy to see you are OK…I have stopped by many times since your last post but the comment section was closed. I hope that the new year will be very kind to you. I’m looking forward to new posts in the future as your spicy teriyaki sauce sounds very good. :)

  2. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

    This sauce has so many uses, I’m not a big fan of store bought teriyaki so I’ll have to try this one. 2013 was a brutal year for me as well.. it can only get better, here’s to ringing in a fresh new, simple year! Good luck with your photography class, I’d like to do one of those as well:)xx

    1. Tessa

      Thank you Smidge! Now that I have learned how to make my own, I NEVER buy store bought any more :). I hope that you and your family have a happy New Year!

  3. skoraq cooks

    Spicy teriyaki sauce is something just for me. I see it with my beloved tofu bricks ;-) Tessa, I do so hope that 2014 will be much better for you than 2013. It simply must be better. There’s no other option! I also hope to see you blogging more often, because I miss your stories, recipes and photos. All the best for 2014 :-)

  4. mjskit

    Happy New Year Tessa!!!! Sorry that you had such a bumpy 2013, but here are some best wishes for a better 2014 and hopes that all your resolutions come true!! Love the tropical vacation idea. :) I’ve always wanted to make my own Teriyaki Sauce, but never had a recipe…until now. I have all of these ingredients so I see a Teriyaki chicken dish in the near future. Thanks!

  5. MissMeliss

    Came here because Google gave me your post from last year (almost two years ago, now) about Slumgullion. Now trying to figure out why I’m not an ardent follower of your awesome blog. Happy cooking! And happy new year!!

    1. Tessa

      Thank you Purabi! I am starting to like the spicy version of teriyaki sauce better than the original :). Happy New Year to you too!

  6. Promenade Claire

    Perfect! I’m loving a flavour packed marinade / sauce, nice and versatile too! And well done you for getting through 2013, I had a fairly rough one too, but we made it to the other side and things WILL get better won’t they?! Wishing you a super new year

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