Indulge in the classic flavors of traditional teriyaki without compromising your low-carb, keto lifestyle. Our sugar-free teriyaki sauce recipe brings a burst of authentic Asian taste to your plate, guilt-free!
This exquisite blend of flavors captures the essence of authentic Asian cuisine, combining savory umami, tangy undertones, and a hint of natural sweetness.
Whether you’re a devoted follower of the low-carb lifestyle or simply seeking a healthier alternative, our teriyaki sauce is the perfect addition to elevate your dishes to new heights of taste and satisfaction.
What is Teriyaki Sauce?
Teriyaki sauce is a popular Japanese condiment known for its savory, slightly sweet, and umami-rich flavor profile.
Traditionally, it is made by combining soy sauce, mirin (a sweet rice wine), sake (a Japanese rice wine), sugar, and thickener, which are then simmered together to create a glossy, thickened sauce.
However, in low-carb and keto versions, the sugar is substituted with natural sugar alternatives or brown sugar substitutes, allowing you to enjoy the delectable taste without the guilt.
Teriyaki sauce is versatile and widely used in various Asian-inspired dishes, particularly as a marinade or glaze for meats, seafood, and vegetables, adding a delightful and distinctive taste to the overall dish.
What does teriyaki sauce taste like?
This Japanese condiment effortlessly blends the richness of soy sauce with the delicate balance of brown sugar substitutes or natural sugar alternatives.
The result is a delightful medley of savory umami, subtly sweet undertones, and a touch of tanginess that adds a burst of flavor to any dish.
Whether used as a marinade, glaze, or dipping sauce, gluten-free teriyaki sauce delivers a satisfying and authentic taste that will leave you craving more.
What can you use teriyaki sauce with?
Teriyaki sauce pairs well with many foods and dishes, especially ones that have been grilled.
- Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
- Grilled Beef
- Grilled Salmon
- Grilled or Stir Fry Vegetables
- Cauliflower Rice
- Glaze on BBQ
- Boiled Broccoli
Is teriyaki high in carbs?
The carb content of teriyaki sauce can vary depending on the specific recipe or brand and the sauce ingredients.
Traditional, teriyaki sauce typically contains sugar or sweeteners, which contribute to its carb content.
However, there are low-carb and keto-friendly versions of teriyaki sauce available that use sugar substitutes or natural sweeteners, significantly reducing the carb content.
When making or choosing teriyaki sauce for a low-carb or keto diet, it’s important to check the nutrition label or the recipe ingredients to ensure it aligns with your dietary goals.
What ingredients do I need to make sugar-free teriyaki sauce?
- Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine.
- Sweetener – sugar substitute or preferred sweetener.
- Soy Sauce – coconut aminos or tamari soy sauce for a gluten-free recipe.
- Xanthan Gum – a net 0 carb thickener or can use your preferred thickener.
- Toasted Sesame Seeds – used for texture and garnish of sauce.
What are the instructions to make sugar-free teriyaki sauce?
Whisk together Japanese sake, sweetener, soy sauce, and thickener in a small saucepan and bring to a boil under medium heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 2 minutes to thicken up.
Once the sauce is cooled, transfer it to a sauce vessel.
How to store homemade teriyaki sauce?
After allowing your homemade teriyaki sauce to cool, transfer it to a clean, airtight container like a glass jar or bottle with a tight lid. Refrigerate the sauce promptly to maintain its freshness.
Before using the sauce, give it a good shake or stir to mix any separated ingredients.
Pro Tip – depending on the type of sweetener you are using, you may end up with some crystallization. If that is the case, simply heat the sauce back up and it should dissolve.
What is the nutrition information for this sugar-free teriyaki sauce recipe?
- 13 Calories
- 1 g Carbohydrates
- 1g Fiber
- 1g Protein
- 1g Fat
- 0mg Cholesterol
- 272mg Sodium
- 13mg Potassium
- 1mg Calcium
- 1mg Iron
- 0ui Vitamin A
- 0mg Vitamin C
Looking for other sugar-free sauce recipes?
- Benihana Ginger Sauce
- The Green Sauce
- Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
- Garlic Lemon Dip and Spread
- Japanese Sesame Dipping Sauce
Now, let’s get making this Teriyaki Sauce recipe!
- Cooking Time 2M
- Cooling Time 8M
- Total Time 10M
- Net Carb/tbsp ~1g
- Servings 16 tbsp
- 2/3 Cup Japanese Sake
- 1/3 Cup Sweetener (sugar alternative or preferred sweetener)
- 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
- 1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum
1) Gather all the ingredients.
2) In a saucepan, add Japanese Sake, sweetener, Soy Sauce, Xanthan Gum and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to med-low heat and let it cook for 2 minutes while continuously mixing to ensure Xanthan Gum dissolves. Note – you can add another 1/8 tsp of thickener if you prefer a thicker sauce, but we wouldn’t recommend anything more otherwise the sauce will start to become jelly-like.
3) Once 2 minutes have passed, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
4) Once cooled, transfer to the sauce dispenser of choice. Note – the sauce will continue to thicken over time.
Hope you enjoy your Teriyaki Sauce!
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- 2/3 Cup Japanese Sake
- 1/3 Cup Sweetener sugar alternative, sugar or preferred sweetener
- 1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
- 3/8 tsp Xanthan Gum a little less than 1/2 tsp
- Gather all the ingredients.
- In a saucepan, add Japanese Sake, sweetener, Soy Sauce, Xanthan Gum and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to med-low heat and let it cook for 2 minutes while continuously mixing to ensure Xanthan Gum dissolves. Note - you can add another 1/8 tsp of thickener if you prefer a thicker sauce, but we wouldn't recommend anything more otherwise the sauce will start to become jelly-like.
- Once 2 minutes have passed, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, transfer to the sauce dispenser of choice. Note - the sauce will continue to thicken over time.
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