Try out the famous japanes sauce: the teriyaki sauce! Made with soy, rice vinegar, garlic and oinions, you will love this taste!
Teriyaki Sauce — an Asian tradition for the whole world
Teriyaki sauce can make practically any dish even more delicious thanks to its intense flavour and epic aroma. Inject some Asian flare into your cooking with this staple of Japanese cuisine!
Where does the name ‘teriyaki sauce’ come from?
‘Teriyaki’ is a particular method of preparing food in Japan wherein meat (often beef) gets glazed with a blend of soy sauce, sake and sugar before being grilled. In Japan, fish is also commonly prepared in this way, although it tends to be applied to poultry, pork and lamb in the Western world. The word itself is derived from two japanese words that are compounded together. The first, ‘teri’ represents the sheen or the shiny coat of the meat after being marinaded or coated in the sauce. This shine is a result of the sugar. The second word is ‘yaki, which is a type of grilling — the authentic way to cook this type of meat in Japan. Traditionally, the meat will also be topped up with sauce while it’s being grilled, with new layers of teriyaki sauce added while it simmers. This way, a vibrant and clear sheen covers the meat. If you want to achieve this same affect, paint on the sauce as you fry it to get the best results possible!
How it’s made
The traditional sauce (the ‘teri’), is made by mixing soy sauce, sake (or mirin) and sugar (which can also be replaced by honey). The ratio of the various ingredients should be roughly 1:1, which is then cooked down to roughly half its volume over a low flame. This is the only way to achieve the typically authentic thickness — the perfect teriyaki sauce! In Japan, teriyaki chefs pay specific attention to the temperature in order to avoid caramelising the sugar before the sauce is added to the meat (it’s important that the sugar gets caramelised while covering the meat, not before). Another important consideration is to not burn out all of the alcohol before it’s added to meat. As with the caramelization process, this should occur only after the sauce has been applied to a piece of meat. Should the heat be too high during this early stage, the meat will no longer be able to absorb the flavours and the aromas of the alcohol later. For an authentic teriyaki sauce, all you need is:
- Soy sauce
- Sake or Mirin
- Suagr or honey
In Western kitchens, additional ingredients are often added to teriyaki sauce. Ginger, paprika, lemon juice, sesame seeds or oil, wine (as a replacement for sake or mirin) and garlic are commonly included; ingredients which are far more seldom used in Japan. In fact, garlic, as with onions and spring onions are rarely used in any Japanese cooking whatsoever. Aside from these, there are also other takes on this modern classic, such as teriyaki sauce with orange juice to add light, fruity notes. Ultimately, however, what you include in your sauce should be a result of what you’re cooking: You can mix and match to your own taste.
What does teriyaki sauce taste like?
As teriyaki sauce is based on soy sauce, the original (Japanese) version tastes quite similar to soy sauce. What you will immediately notice, however, is the caramelised sugar. Fusion version and modern twists on this classic sauce also allow for different flavours. Just ensure what you’re enjoying is real teriyaki: This sauce is so common across the world that it’s almost become a byword for any Asian dressing. And if you’re not already familiar with the real thing from Japan, you should get acquainted as soon as possible. We find it absolutely delicious!
What can you use teriyaki sauce for?
One of the most common ways teriyaki sauce is used these days is as a glaze on a delicious burger. It doesn’t matter whether it’s mixed into the meat before cooking or whether it’s glazed on the grill, every burger prepared this way gets a strong yet appetising aroma. Not tried a teriyaki burger yet? We think you’re missing out. Of course, any meat can be marinated/prepared in teriyaki sauce, as can fish and vegetables. There are an absolute ton of recipes that work well with teriyaki sauce, whether you use the old japanese classic or try something more modern/Western. Classic dishes that are well complemented by teriyaki sauce are chicken teriyaki or salmon teriyaki. One additional benefit of teriyaki sauce is that it’s 100% vegan (in its original form). This makes it an ideal sauce for those following a vegan diet, and it goes very well with grilled vegetables or tofu. The following list reiterates which food products you can use teriyaki sauce with:
- Burger patties
- Fried noodles
- Fried rices
- 250g Basmati- Rice
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 Pepper
- 2 carrots
- 4 blades of lemongrass
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 fresh chilli
- 4 tablespoons Teriyaki Sauce
- 4 tablespoons Erdnussbutter
- 100 ml Kokosmilch
- 4 EL sesame seeds (black or white)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1. Cut the chicken breasts into pieces.
- 2. Cut 2 blades of lemongrass down the centre and then chop one into smaller pieces. Just be careful not to cut the lemongrass too small as you’ll need to use this on the meat later.
- 3. Chop the garlic or use a press. Tip: If you don’t have a garlic press, a fork will do the same job.
- 4. Mix up the meat with the lemongrass, the garlic and the teriyaki sauce in a bowl. Cover and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- 5. While the meat sits, prepare the basmati rice. You can read a step-by-step guide on how best to do that here.
- 6. Chop up the rest of the lemongrass. Press it with the backside of a knife so that the cell-structures open up. This will make the lemongrass even more aromatic.
- 7. Cook the basmati rice and add the lemongrass to the water as soon as it’s boiling.
- 8. Now onto the vegetables: Cut the paprika into thin slices (julienne) and slice the mushrooms. Chop the carrots or use a peeler to make the slices extra thin (as we did in the version photographed). Chop the chilli into small pieces. You can use whichever chilli matches your preferred level of spice. .
- 9. Warm up the coconut oil in a pan and fry the vegetables. Add the chicken (without the lemon grass) and let everything cook.
- 10. When everything has been cooked, add the coconut milch to the vegetables, add the chilli, and mix everything well.
- 11. Last but not least, add the peanut butter. Add salt to taste and stir.
- 12. Your rice should now be ready. Remove the lemongrass and serve your rice on a plate. Add the sauce, vegetables and chicken and garnish with some sesame seeds. Whether you use black or white sesame seeds is up to you.
Asia chicken with lemongrass and teriyaki sauce
Here are the step-by-step instructions and the full list of ingredients.
For 4 people you’ll need:
Teriyaki sauce is now one of the most popular sauces in the world!
Teriyaki sauce has grown to become one of the most popular sauces worldwide. This should come as no surprise as soy sauce is equally popular with variations eaten in practically every country. The growing popularity of teriyaki sauce is a product of its unique taste, however, as well as the appetizing sight of glistening meat. Ready to give it a go? You can get teriyaki sauce as well as a variety of other Asian sauces comfortably delivered right to your door — just order at the Pepperworld Hot Shop and get working on your favourite recipes in time for it to arrive.
Pepperworld’s final word on teriyaki sauce
Teriyaki sauce is originally from Japan. The name means ‘glean’ or ‘shine’ and grill in Japanese. Teriyaki sauce compliments numerous dishes excellently, especially those with fish and meat. 100% vegan, it also lends itself well to vegetable dishes and tofu. The original version has a strong taste of soy sauce, which is the most popular sauce in Asia. The taste profile of teriyaki sauce can be played with immensely, however, with a world of options available depending on what you choose to mix it with. Ready to order yours? You’ll find teriyaki sauce in the Pepperworld Hot Shop, ready for delivery right to your door.
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