Keto Teriyaki Sauce


Homemade keto teriyaki sauce with no junk - no need to buy store bought

Thick, sweet & tangy keto teriyaki sauce is easier than you think. At only 1.8 g net carbs per serving, you will never have to rely on store bought or grab carb questionable take-out again!

Making your own sauces is easier and cheaper. Try these other homemade keto sauces to add flavor to any dish – mole sauce, chimichurri, and keto curry.

holding a small wooden spoon in a bowl of amber colored teriyaki sauce with sesame seeds

Unless it states no-sugar, most bottled teriyaki sauces are a source of hidden sugars and carbs. There a few bottled keto teriyaki sauces on the market but they are so expensive. Fortunately it’s easy to make your own. With this teriyaki recipe, you probably already have most of these ingredients at home. You also have complete control over the type and quantities of ingredients that go into your sauce. Gluten free? Then use tamari or liquid aminos instead of soy sauce. Want more ginger flavor? Add more ginger powder or use freshly grated ginger.

Once you see how easy this is to make, you will never go back to jarred low carb teriyaki again and now you can enjoy keto teriyaki chicken anytime!


How to make keto teriyaki sauce

  1. Mix in all ingredients.
  2. Add to a sauce pan and heat over medium heat until bubbly and thickened.
  3. Remove and pour over chicken, your favorite vegetables and cauliflower rice.

cartoon ingredients for teriyaki sauce with pictures of soy sauce, tamari, liquid aminos, avocado oil, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic, tomato past, ginger and arrowroot powder

Key ingredients

  • Soy sauce/Tamari/Liquid Aminos – Any one of these sauces can be used in our sugar free teriyaki sauce. Obviously soy sauce will be the cheapest, most assessable of the three. Select Tamari or liquid aminos if you are gluten-free. Use liquid aminos if you are trying to avoid soy products. Coconut aminos can also be used but they are higher in carbs.
  • Avocado oil – My oil of choice for cooking and baking. Helps if you use this as a keto teriyaki marinade to stick to chicken thighs if you are making chicken teriyaki. Olive oil can be used as well. Try experimenting with a little bit of sesame oil as well for flavor.
  • Brown sweetener – This provides the sweetness that is in teriyaki sauce. I use a sugar-free brown sugar substitute. Sugar-free maple syrup can also be used.
  • Apple cider vinegar – Vinegar will provide a slight tang to the sauce. White vinegar will also work here.
  • Garlic – For flavor. Add more or less depending on your taste preference. Minced garlic, garlic powder or garlic paste can all be used. If using garlic powder, use 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Tomato paste – Enhances the flavor of the keto teriyaki sauce recipe. Not a necessary ingredient but I highly suggest you keep it in there. Tomato sauce can be used as a substitute.
  • Arrowroot powder – Works as a thickener for the sauce. It is low in carbs and has 7x the thickening power as all-purpose flour. Xanthan gum could be used as a substitute; however, it may make the sauce slimy.
  • Sesame seeds – These are optional and are only added for appearance. You can use either toasted sesame seeds, black or white sesame seeds.
  • Ginger – Added for flavor. You can add more or less ginger depending on your taste preference. Grated fresh ginger or ground ginger can work.

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Keto Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce, tamari or liquid aminos
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar substitute
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, optional

Keto Teriyaki Sauce Directions

  • Keto Teriyaki Sauce
  • sliced chicken over rice topped with teriyaki sauce, green onion and sesame seeds

    What is teriyaki?

    Teriyaki is a Japanese cuisine. In Japanese, teri means luster and yaki is to grill or broil. Technically, teriyaki is a cooking style, but here in the United States, when we say teriyaki, we are referring to a lustrous amber colored sweet umami flavored sauce usually served as teriyaki chicken.

    How to use chicken teriyaki sauce

    Teriyaki sauce is versatile. You can use this keto recipe in many different ways and on a variety of dishes.

    • Teriyaki sauce – The most common way to use teriyaki is as a sauce for making keto teriyaki chicken, salmon or grilled teriyaki shrimp. You could even use it as a dipping sauce for keto potstickers or my sesame ginger meatballs. Add the sauce to stir-fry for a quick dinner option. Simply add your favorite protein, vegetables and the sauce for a teriyaki stir fry recipe.
    • Teriyaki marinade – Ideal if you are marinating proteins like chicken, steak or fish for the grill. You can omit the thickening agent (arrowroot powder) if you will toss out the marinade after the meat has finished soaking.
    • Teriyaki glaze – Cooking your low carb teriyaki sauce longer will produce a very thick, shiny glaze. This is delicious on vegetables like broccoli, green beans and asparagus. Mix the teriyaki glaze in with zucchini noodles (aka zoodles), kelp noodles, shirataki noodles or hearts of palm noodles for a scrumptious teriyaki noodle bowl.


    a plate with teriyaki chicken and vegetables with a bowl of teriyaki sauce in the background and a skillet with chicken


    Store your teriyaki sauce or glaze in a mason jar or air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can even freeze this sauce in a freezer safe bag or container.

    To quickly thaw your frozen teriyaki sauce, add the bag to a container of hot water and let sit until liquid or run under a faucet with hot water.

    Store bought keto teriyaki sauce

    Although you can control the flavor and carbs with this homemade teriyaki recipe, here are some options for premade sauces.


    Keto Teriyaki Sauce: FAQS

    Is teriyaki sauce keto?

    Regular teriyaki sauce, especially found in a bottle at the store is not keto. They are made with sugar and dextrose.

    How many carbs are in teriyaki sauce?

    It varies depending on the brand but most brands have around 4-8 g carbs per tablespoon of sauce.

    Can I use coconut aminos instead?

    Yes, but it will increase the carb count on this sauce. Coconut aminos has 7 g total carbs per tablespoon and 3 g net carbs. It has a better flavor compared to liquid aminos in my opinion.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Teriyaki Sauce

    Servings: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 78
    Fat 7g
    Protein 2.4g
    Total Carbs 2.1g
    Net Carbs 1.8g

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