If just like me, you are one of those people who are allergic to gluten or you are one of those people who has made the brave decision to go on a paleo diet, then you may have thought that you will never get to enjoy the taste of a teriyaki dish ever again. Well, you’re wrong. Lucky for you, I have discovered a secret on how to make gluten-free teriyaki sauce.

While many people would think that making your own teriyaki sauce is a complete waste of time since you can just easily buy a bottle of gluten free teriyaki sauce in the grocery store, I know you would agree when I say nothing beats homemade! And if you are worried about taking too much time, you would be happy to know that this simple recipe will just take 10 minutes!

Don’t believe me? Well, I will just let this article prove me right. Read on and discover everything you need to know to whip up a healthy and delicious homemade teriyaki sauce for your chicken, beef, and shrimp! Let’s get started!

What You Will Need

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Before we proceed to the cooking process, let’s take some time to get our ingredients ready first. Here are some of the things that you may need:

For The Sauce:

  • ¼ cup of Gluten free soy sauce or Tamari.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger (ground).
  • 1 ½ cup of water.
  • ½ teaspoon of lime, orange or lemon juice.
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
  • ¼ cup of cold water.
  • 2 tablespoons of honey.
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil.

To achieve that authentic Asian flavor, sesame oil is highly recommended!

For The Main Dish:

  • Any meat of your choice.

If you want chicken teriyaki, prepare 2 whole boneless and skinless chicken breasts, garlic powder and salt.

If you love beef, prepare 2 pounds of flank steak, 4-6 tablespoon of cooking oil of your choice, and ½ cup of cornstarch.

I know you’re already getting giddy whipping up this sauce, so we will not wait any further. Get these ingredients ready and let’s start making a mean teriyaki sauce!

What You Need To Do (The Step by Step Instructions)

If you already have your ingredients with you, then it’s time to get things started! Here are some of the steps that you need to take:

Step 1. Mix all ingredients.

Place all ingredients (except for the cornstarch, honey, and cold water) in a bowl and mix everything well. Once the ingredients are already properly mixed, transfer the contents of the bowl to a sauce pan. Place it over medium-high heat and allow it to cook for a while.

Pro Tips:

  • If you or the kids are allergic to lemon or lime, you can use orange juice instead. But if you are sensitive to these citrus fruits, you can just simply leave them out. The juices enhance the flavor of the teriyaki sauce, but it will already taste amazing on its own.
  • If you can’t tolerate the heat, I suggest that you leave out the red chili pepper flakes. If that’s not enough, you can also reduce the ginger powder to just 1/8 teaspoon.
  • If you have no honey on hand, we recommend swapping it with other sugar-free sweeteners.
  • If you love teriyaki dishes, we recommend doubling the recipe. Rest assured; it will come handy in satisfying your future teriyaki cravings.

Step 2. Dissolve cornstarch in cold water.

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Mix cornstarch with ¼ cup of cold water to completely and mix until it is completely dissolved. You can then add the resulting mixture to the saucepan.

Step 3. Continue heating the sauce.

Continue heating the mixture until the sauce already has achieved your desired thickness. After that, remove saucepan from heat. Add in the honey. Mix everything well.

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Pro Tips:

  • To prevent the sauce from overflowing from the pan, place a widen spoon on top of the saucepan.
  • If you want to make the sauce thinner, you can try adding water. Just make sure that you will add it slowly to prevent the sauce from being too thin.
  • If you want to make the sauce thicker, you can add 1 teaspoon of arrowroot flour. Again, you can add more but do so slowly, so the sauce will not get too thick.

Step 4. Allow the sauce to cool down before storing.

There you go—a delicious gluten-free teriyaki sauce in just 10 minutes! If you plan on using the sauce in preparing dishes in the future, we recommend letting it cool before storing it. Once it has already cooled down, you can transfer it to sealed container, and you can use it for two weeks.

Pro Tips:

If you wish to prolong the shelf life of your teriyaki sauce to a few more months, we recommend pouring the cooled down teriyaki sauce into an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer. You can just simply melt the iced teriyaki sauce cubes whenever you need it.

Step 5. Preparing a gluten-free chicken teriyaki.

If you want to use the sauce right away and you have chosen chicken as your main dish, season the breasts with salt and garlic powder. Put it in a pan and fry it until well cooked. Afterward, slice the chicken breasts crosswise to create thin strips. Serve chicken strips over rice and pour teriyaki sauce over it. You can sprinkle sesame seeds on top if you want. Serve warm.

Step 6: Preparing a gluten-free beef teriyaki.


If you plan on making a gluten-free beef teriyaki, slice the flank into strips. Make sure that you cut against the grain. Place strips in a Ziploc. Add cornstarch. Toss the strips inside the bag to coat well.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tablespoons of sesame oil and take some time to allow the oil to heat well. Arrange the strips well in the pan. Cook one side for 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the strips to the other side and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Serve beef strips over warm rice. Pour your gluten-free teriyaki sauce on top. Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped onion leeks on top.

Let’s Make Your Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce!


Did you enjoy our brief tutorial? I hope you do and I hope that you will love this teriyaki sauce as much as I did!

As I’ve told you, creating a gluten-free teriyaki sauce for chicken or beef is pretty easy, and this recipe will just take 10 minutes! Ever since I have discovered this recipe, I have found it easy to prepare restaurant-quality gluten-free teriyaki dishes. It has also made going through Paleo diet a lot easier and more delicious!

Whether you are allergic to gluten or you have decided to live a healthier life and enjoy Paleo diet, I believe that this homemade gluten free teriyaki sauce recipe will become handy for you. After all, this is the best and healthiest way to satisfy your teriyaki cravings despite your diet restrictions.

So, what did you think of this recipe? If you have any suggestions or feedbacks, please share them with us in the comments section! We would love to hear from you!