Teriyaki Sauce Is Vegan?

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Teriyaki Sauce Is Vegan? Well not usually. Many of them contain honey, depending on the recipe. The term “teriyaki” refers to a Japanese-style marinade that uses soy sauce, mirin (sweet rice wine), sugar, and spices. It’s often used in stir fry dishes, but it also works well on vegetables, tofu, chicken, beef, fish, pork, and even desserts.

Here’s how to make it vegan

If you’re looking for a tasty alternative to traditional teriyaki sauce, try making your own. Simply combine equal parts of tamari (a type of soy sauce) with brown sugar, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Add some garlic powder, ginger, and red pepper flakes for extra flavor.


Start with a base of soy sauce

Soy sauce is an essential ingredient in Asian cooking. It’s made by fermenting soybeans and adding salt. Tamari is a lighter version of soy sauce that has less sodium than regular soy sauce. Brown sugar adds sweetness and helps balance out the salty flavors of the other ingredients. Sesame oil gives the sauce its rich color and flavor. Rice vinegar provides acidity and balances out the sweet flavors. Garlic powder, ginger, and hot peppers add more depth of flavor.

Add some brown sugar

If you’re making teriyaki sauce at home, you’ll need to use tamari instead of regular soy sauce. Regular soy sauce contains wheat gluten, which makes it unsuitable for vegans. Tamari is also vegan. To make the sauce, combine 1 cup water with 2 tablespoons tamari, 3 teaspoons rice vinegar, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, and ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced by half. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Let cool before using.

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