Go Back
+ servings
Spooning teriyaki sauce from a white ramekin.
Print Pin
5 from 1 vote

Easy Healthier Vegan Teriyaki Sauce

This super flavorful & delicious vegan teriyaki sauce is bold in flavor, yet healthy at the same time ! Super quick to make & only 5 ingredients required.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 48kcal
Author Meesha


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup soy sauce ( or tamari )
  • ½ cup mirin *
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup ( or to taste )**
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch ( optional, see notes ) ***
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Start by preparing cornstarch slurry by combining cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
  • In a non-stick pan, place in water, soy sauce, mirin, maple syrup and garlic powder. Bring mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Keep a close eye to prevent it from overflowing.
  • Once the mixture starts to simmer, pour in slurry and mix well. Cook until sauce has thicken, for 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Turn off heat and give it a taste, adding more maple syrup if needed. It is ready to be used !



*Sake is a great alternative if you do not have mirin on hand. If you prefer it to be alcohol free, use rice vinegar instead. You will need to halve the amount and add more maple syrup to taste.
*Any kinds of sweetener will work great as a substitute including brown and white sugar, agave syrup, sugar substitutes, and even honey if not vegan.
***Can be substituted for equal amounts of potato starch, or twice the amount of tapioca starch or arrowroot starch. Omit for a thinner sauce. For a thicker sauce, use 1 ½ tablespoon instead. 
Leftover sauce can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. 
To freeze, pour them into ice-cube trays and let it sit in the freezer for a few hours, or until they are frozen. You can then transfer them to any sealed containers or zip-top bags before storing them into the freezer. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight or on countertop for a few hours when you are ready to use it.


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 924mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg