Teriyaki is one of the most famous (and delicious) Japanese sauces. Keep reading to discover the answers to four common questions about Teriyaki, from its basic ingredients to some tips to store it.
What Is Teriyaki?
The word “Teriyaki” is used to refer both to a sauce and a cooking method that involves marinating meat in teriyaki sauce.
“Teriyaki” combines two Japanese words: “teri,” which means luster, and “yaki,” which means “grill” or “broil.”
Food historians believe that Teriyaki was invented by Japanese chefs around the 17 century. However, it was in the 1960s that Teriyaki became wildly popular in the United States, where it remains an essential staple of Japanese restaurants.
What Are the Ingredients of Teriyaki Sauce?
Teriyaki sauce is made using four main ingredients: soy sauce, sake, mirin (sweet rice wine with lower alcohol levels than sake), and sugar.
We know what you’re thinking and the answer is “Yes.” You can make your own teriyaki sauce. To learn how, just keep reading.
What’s a Simple Teriyaki Recipe?
If you want to make your own Teriyaki sauce, here’s a simple recipe:
- 1 Part soy sauce
- 1 Part sake
- 1 Part mirin
- ½ Part sugar
All you have to do is to combine the ingredients and stir until the sugar dissolves. Heating the sauce can help you speed up the process if you are in a hurry.
How to Store Teriyaki Sauce?
When it comes to store-bought teriyaki sauce, you can store it for months as any soy sauce. Keep it in a dry, cool place, or in the fridge, if you want to keep it fresh for longer.
As for homemade teriyaki sauce, the results may vary depending on the ingredients you use. In this case, keep the sauce in the fridge in a tightly sealed jar. Stored this way, your sauce should stay good for anywhere from a week to a couple of months, depending on the ingredients.
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