The Best Healthy Teriyaki Sauce | How To Make Delicious Homemade Teriyaki Sauce with Just 7 Simple Ingredients

Skip high-sugar and preservative store-bought teriyaki and make the BEST Healthy Teriyaki sauce you’ll ever taste. Made with clean-eating ingredients including apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, and raw honey, this flavorful sauce is easy to make and your family will love it.

Side view of a glass jar filled with the best healthy teriyaki sauce, with a spoon dipping into the sauce.

Teriyaki sauce is one of my go-to favorites for marinading or using as a sauce. The sweet and tangy flavor is so versatile and delicious.

I love it, and my family loves it, too. Because of this, I just had to make a healthy version of teriyaki sauce so that we could eat it often, and I’d feel good about it.

You may have seen my post on Teriyaki Salmon. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’ve got to. It’s a meal that leaves you feeling satisfied but in an ultra-healthy way. And it’s delicious!

Overhead view of the ingredients for the best healthy teriyaki sauce, some of which are fresh ginger and garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and low sodium sauce.


This Healthy Teriyaki Sauce will turn out great if you use fresh, clean-eating ingredients.

Follow these tips below:

  • The recipe takes ½ cup of soy sauce, so be careful to purchase a low sodium brand
  • Use raw honey instead of pasteurized to get all of the terrific benefits
  • For a better taste, always use fresh minced garlic instead of bottled
  • Fresh ginger is a must over powdered ginger for taste
  • Look for raw, unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar when you shop and also, read my post on the benefits of apple cider vinegar
  • Crushed red pepper flakes are used to add a little heat to the sauce
  • Arrowroot starch is used as a thickener for the sauce

View of raw honey being poured into a sauce pan with ingredients for the best healthy teriyaki sauce, including low sodium soya sauce, fresh ginger, and apple cider vinegar.


Arrowroot starch is a thickener for the sauce that also adds a glossy, silky texture. It should always be added at the end of a recipe so that it does not break down from excessive heat. I use arrowroot starch instead of cornstarch because it contains more dietary fiber and calcium.

Overhead view of a saucepan of the best healthy teriyaki sauce being stirred as it cooks, with ingredients including fresh ginger, low sodium soya sauce, honey, and arrowroot starch.


To keep the remainder of the teriyaki sauce, let it cool to room temperature. Then, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. You can freeze it as well, again in a container that seals well. Freeze for up to 3 months. I prefer it freshly made, but if you have leftovers and don’t want to waste it, you can definitely store and reheat it for later.

Side view of a small jar of the best healthy teriyaki sauce bring poured over a piece of salmon, in preparation for cooking.


To make healthy teriyaki sauce vegan, use pure maple syrup as the sweetener instead of the raw honey. The ratio is 1:1.

Overhead view of a white with the Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl, including broccoli, chicken, and the best healthy teriyaki sauce.


I like this teriyaki sauce because it is so simple to make. It takes just a few steps, yet adds a ton of flavor to every dish. 

  • Use a saucepan over medium-high heat. Combine the low-sodium soy sauce, raw, honey, minced garlic, minced fresh ginger, crushed red pepper flakes, and apple cider vinegar.
  • The gingery, garlicky aroma will be delicious! At this point, simmer for 6-8 minutes.
  • Remember to stir the sauce frequently.
  • In a mixing bowl, dissolve 1 tsp. of arrowroot starch in ¾ cup of water and then add to the saucepan.
  • Stirring often, cook for another 3-4 minutes. The sauce will thicken, and then you will know it is ready.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the sauce to cool.

View of the Grilled Hawaiian Turkey Teriyaki Bowl, including pineapple, chicken, peppers, and onions.


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The Best Healthy Teriyaki Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins

Skip store-bought products and make The Best Healthy Teriyaki sauce you’ll ever taste. Made with clean-eating ingredients including apple cider vinegar, fresh ginger, and raw honey, this flavorful sauce is easy to make and goes with many dishes.

Categories: Sauce
Difficulty: Easy
Keyword: How to make homemade teriyaki sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 44 kcal
Author: Lacey Baier
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 3/4 cup water
  1. For the teriyaki sauce, in a medium saucepan, combine low sodium soy sauce, raw honey, minced garlic, minced fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar, and crushed red pepper flakes over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.

  2. While that’s heating, dissolve some arrowroot starch in water in a separate mixing bowl, and then set aside.

  3. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring frequently, until heated through and simmering.

  4. Add the arrowroot starch mixture to the pan, and then stir to combine.

  5. Cook for 3-4 more minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. Remove from heat, and allow to cool.

Nutrition Facts
The Best Healthy Teriyaki Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 44 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 533mg22%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 9IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

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