Teriyaki Marinade

Teriyaki Marinade

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Yield: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
113 Calories
2g Fat
23g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 113
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1513mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 4g
Calcium 50mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Want to get that great teriyaki flavor into your favorite dish? This marinade is sure to add flavor to whatever you're grilling. Simply made with soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, oil, garlic, and onions, this teriyaki marinade is ready to use in under 10 minutes.

This marinade works particularly well with pork and poultry. You can make an extra batch, simmer it until thickened, and drizzle on top of sliced grilled meats and vegetables.


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 medium green onions (both white and green parts, finely sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for teriyaki marinade

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  2. Combine all ingredients—soy sauce, water, brown sugar, white vinegar, vegetable oil, minced garlic, and green onions—in a medium bowl. Stir gently until the sugar is completely dissolved.

    Combine all ingredients for the marinade

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  3. Use immediately or store in a refrigerator, covered for 6 to 7 days after preparation.

    Teriyaki Marinade in a jar

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Marinading Times

  • Marinate beef, pork, and lamb for 4 to 24 hours. 
  • Chicken and other poultry for 2 to 12 hours. 
  • Fish, seafood, and vegetable and meat substitutes for 1 hour.​

How to Use As a Sauce

  • If using as a sauce. Bring ingredients to a medium simmer. Stir occasionally and watch for burning. Reduce heat as needed. Let mixture simmer for 5 to 6 minutes. If still runny, then thicken with cornstarch.
  • Dissolve 2 teaspoons cornstarch in 2 tablespoons water. Turn heat up to medium-high and add mixture, stir in for 30 seconds to activate the cornstarch. Remove from heat, let mixture thoroughly cool, and use.


  • This marinade can be prepared ahead of time, just make sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap, or in an airtight container. It will last in the refrigerator for 6 to 7 days.

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