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Jar of teriyaki sauce with spoon beside it

Easy Vegan Teriyaki Sauce (Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Liz Madsen
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Forget store-bought, THIS Teriyaki sauce is super easy, delicious, inexpensive, takes only 10 minutes to make and isn't full of chemicals and preservatives. It also happens to be vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, nut-free and refined sugar-free.

Vegan, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Can be Soy-Free


  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium tamari (or soy sauce if not GF) (see note 1)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp coconut sugar (or sub brown sugar) (see note 2)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger or more, to taste (or use fresh)
  • 1-1/4 cup water, divided
  • 2 tbsp corn starch (or arrowroot powder)


  1. Add all the ingredients except the corn starch and 1/4 cup of the water to a small saucepan and heat it on medium high for about one minute.
  2. Dissolve the corn starch in the 1/4 cup of water and add it to the pan.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and cook 5-7 minutes, until thickened.
  4. Refrigerate in an airtight (glass recommended) container up to one week.


  • Note 1: Instead of reduced sodium tamari, you could use soy sauce if you aren't gluten-free. And if you're avoiding soy, you can use either Bragg's Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos. You don't HAVE to use reduced sodium but I found this recipe too salty with regular tamari--could be my taste buds. Your choice.
  • Note 2: If omitting one, I'd omit the maple syrup and increase the coconut sugar. If you only have maple syrup, then just use a touch more, and know that you may have to increase your corn starch to get a thick, sticky consistency.
  • Note 3: I would use a sauce pan with a spout --it makes it easier to pour! Especially if you are storing this sauce into a jar or pouring it directly on food (instead of adding it to another pan, say if you are stir-frying something.
  • Category: Ingredient
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Vegan, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Can be Soy-Free, Teriyaki Sauce