Sugar Free Teriyaki Sauce is healthy, simple, and inexpensive to make! Less than 10 minutes and a few simple ingredients - you'll have this healthy dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, keto teriyaki sauce ready for serving. Use as a marinade or condiment with chicken, pork, seafood, beef, vegetables, and more.
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❤️ Why You'll Love This
"A good sugar free teriyaki sauce is hard to find. You'll be happy to know this one is SUPER easy. No need to buy teriyaki sauce from the store any more!"
Making teriyaki sauce sugar free is easy - only a few ingredients, a couple of steps, and less than 10 minutes!
Basically, you just add the ingredients to a saucepan and bring it to a simmer and let it thicken slightly, then let it cool.
I have tried several store-bought teriyaki sauces and not only were they expensive, but they didn't taste all that great. Enter this recipe! 🙂 I got frustrated one day and made my own. Anyone following a sugar-free, gluten free and keto diet will probably have most of the ingredients.
This is a healthy homemade gluten free, low carb, and keto teriyaki sauce recipe that's so much healthier than the store-bought versions. You can feel good about serving your family.
- This sauce is also vegan, vegetarian, and dairy free.
- Control the sodium by using a lower sodium coconut aminos or tamari sauce.
- The recipe uses xanthan gum as the thickening agent in the sauce.
- Use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce or gluten free tamari if you are looking for a wheat free gluten free alternative.
How To Serve
This sugar free keto teriyaki sauce recipe can be used in so many ways! Here are a few ideas:
- Makes a great marinade for chicken, fish, beef, and pork
- Use it as a condiment on rice.
- Use it as a salad dresssing
- Serve it over your favorite Asian dishes. Try our Salmon Teriyaki Bowl - it's delish. 🙂
- Drizzle it over steamed or roasted, or japanese style hibachi vegetables
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this recipe:
See the recipe card for exact quantities.
- Coconut Aminos or Reduced Sodium Tamari Sauce - Both coconut aminos and tamari sauce are gluten free substitutes for regular soy sauce. You can use either one. Coconut aminos is made from fermeneted coconut palm sap and is a popular soy sauce substitute. It is sweeter that soy sauce or tamari sauce so if you use it you may need to reduce your brown sugar substitute slightly until you get the desired sweetness.
- Rice Vinegar - you can also use apple cider vinegar
- Ginger Paste - I use ginger paste for the convenience, but you could certainly use fresh ginger peeled and finely minced or grated.
- Garlic - use minced garlic, garlic paste, or fresh finely minced garlic clove.
- Brown Sugar Substitute - I used a brown monk fruit sweetener (you can also use Lakanto Golden or Swerve Brown) in place of regular brown sugar. If you're not following a sugar free diet you can use regular brown sugar
- Xanthan Gum - a little goes a long way! The recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon which will make a slightly thicken sauce. If you like it thicker add up to 1/2 teaspoon if desired. Dissolve the xanthan gum in the sesame oil before adding to the sauce to keep it from clumping.
- Sesame Oil - not all recipes call for sesame oil and you don't have to use it if you don't like it. I think it elevates the sauce and gives it amazing flavor.
- Sesame Seeds
Equipment and tools needed to make this recipe:
- Medium Saucepan
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Mixing Spoon
- Small Whisk
Here are a few ways you can vary or make substitutions to your keto teriyaki sauce recipe:
- Don't want sugar free? You can certainly use regular brown sugar if you don't want to make this sugar free teriyaki sauce.
- If you don't like sesame flavor - eliminate the sesame oil and sesame seeds.
- Saute 1/8 cup finely diced scallions in a little olive oil before adding the rest of the ingredients if desired.
- Make it spicy by adding red pepper flakes or a few drops of siriacha sauce.
- Feel free to toast the sesame seeds if desired.
Here's how to make this keto teriyaki sauce recipe:
For complete instructions, please see the printable recipe card below.
Add Ingredients to Saucepan
Add sesame oil and xanthan gum in a small bowl, stir until dissolved, then add to a medium-sized saucepan.
Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
Bring sauce to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or just until the sauce begins to thicken.
Remove from heat and add sesame seeds.
Serve or Store
Let cool, then transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerate.
- Reduce heat to a simmer as soon as the sauce starts to boil.
- Start with 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum to thicken, then increase to 1/2 teaspon if you like it slightly thicker. A little goes a long way do not use more the 1/2 teapsoon or you will quite literally end up with a very gummy sauce.
- Dissolve the xanthan gum in the sesame oil to keep it from clumping.
Is teriyaki sauce keto?
This sugar-free teriyaki sauce recipe is keto, but not all are. To be keto-friendly, it would need to have no sugar added, be gluten-free, and have low net carbs. Most bottled teriyaki sauces are not keto-friendly unless specified.
Is teriyaki sauce gluten free?
This recipe is gluten-free because we use coconut aminos or tamari sauce instead of soy sauce, and no other ingredients contain gluten. Bottled sauces will contain gluten unless they specify otherwise.
What ingredients are in teriyaki sauce?
The ingredients in teriyaki sauce will vary, whether a recipe or a store bottle brand.
Typically most store-bought teriyaki sauces contain soy sauce, high fructose corn syrup, vinegar, spices, a thickener, and preservatives. Most recipes contain soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, spices, thickener, and no preservatives.
This recipe uses a natural sugar-free brown sugar substitute and all-natural, gluten-free ingredients, low carb, and keto-friendly.
What are the best sugar free teriyaki sauce brands to buy?
What ingredients are used to thicken teriyaki sauce?
Typically teriyaki sauce is thickened with xanthan gum, corn starch, or a rice-based thickener.
How do I store it?
Store the sauce in an air-tight container or bottle in the refrigerator.
How long will it keep?
This homemade sauce will last 2 to 3 weeks.
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More Asian Recipes
If you are looking for more healthy low carb, gluten-free, and keto Asian inspired recipes, check these out:
- Healthy Stir Fry Sauce (Keto Stir Fry Sauce)
- Yum Yum Sauce
- Teriyaki Salmon Bowl
- Keto Stir Fry with Shrimp (Low Carb Keto Chinese)
- Mongolian Beef and Broccoli (Low Carb Keto)
- Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice
- Fusion Philly Cheesesteak Casserole Recipe - Asian fusion 🙂 Really good!
- Simple Fried Rice
- Easy Shrimp Fried Rice
Sugar free teriyaki sauce is much healthier and tastier than store-bought sauce - AND it's super easy to make at home in less than 10 minutes! This is a gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, low carb, and keto teriyaki sauce recipe. This healthy teriyaki sauce makes a perfect marinade for beef, chicken, pork, seafood, and vegetables. It also makes a delicious condiment to drizzle over your favorite Asian recipe, rice, and hibachi vegetables! Enjoy! #sugarfreeteriyakisauce #lowcarb #keto #glutenfree #condiment #sauce #teriyaki #hibachi #asianrecipe