This keto teriyaki sauce is made with fresh garlic, ginger paste, and a sugar-free sweetener and only has 1g net carb in each serving. It's an easy gluten-free recipe that you can use on your favorite type of meat.
Teriyaki sauce is one of my favorite Asian condiments. It has the same umami flavor as soy sauce, but with more spice and sweetness. It's usually very thick and so good that I end up using extra meat to scoop up leftover sauce off my plate.
If teriyaki chicken is one of your favorite meals, then keep this recipe someplace safe. This is a sticky-sweet sauce that is delightfully low in carbs.
You'll be able to indulge in restaurant-style meals at home without going out of ketosis!
I like to make a large batch of it and keep it in my refrigerator. There are so many different ways to use this sauce - and I'll share some of my favorite ones later on in this post.
Ingredients Needed For Keto Teriyaki Sauce
The ingredients to make low-carb teriyaki sauce are really easy to find. I basically took a traditional teriyaki sauce and use gluten-free and sugar-free replacements.
Here is what I used in my recipe - all the exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Gluten-Free Soy Sauce
If you are celiac, intolerant, or sensitive to gluten, then I suggest using a gluten-free soy sauce like coconut aminos. It's also best to use a low-sodium version if at all possible.
If you don't have low-sodium soy sauce, replace it with ⅓ cup regular soy sauce and ⅓ cup of water.
Brown Sugar Substitute
A brown sugar substitute is the best kind of keto-friendly sweetener to use in this recipe. It will caramelize perfectly and give it a deeper flavor.
Tip: Check out this helpful guide with all sorts of low-carb sugar-free sweeteners and find one that works best for you!
Use fresh garlic whenever you make this sauce. It will bring out even more taste as the garlic simmers on the stove.
The ginger paste balances the sweet and umami flavors with a wonderful spice. If you don't have any ginger paste, you can use freshly grated ginger.
Use sesame oil as you saute the ginger paste and garlic. It brings out the nutty tastes in the soy sauce.
Use the xanthan gum to thicken the sauce! Typical teriyaki sauces are thickened with corn starch. Xanthan gum doesn't have any carbs and still thickens it really well.
Add the sesame seeds last. They are the perfect garnish and add the perfect amount of crunch and nuttiness to the sauce.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
- Xanthan gum tends to make the sauce very thick when cooled but it will then when reheated.
- There's no need to add xanthan gum if you prefer a thinner sauce.
How To Make Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce
All of the exact steps for this sauce are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here are the steps along with some extra tips that I think will really help you out!
Boil Sauce Ingredients
The very first step is to boil the ingredients together. To do this, place the soy sauce, brown sugar substitute, minced garlic, ginger paste, and sesame oil in a small saucepan over medium heat on the stove.
Bring to a slight boil. But, do not let it boil for very long!
Add Xanthan Gum
As soon as it starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and whisk in the xanthan gum. Simmer until the sauce thickens. When it reaches your desired consistency, remove it from the heat and stir in the sesame seeds.
That's it! Let it cool down and then use it in your favorite recipes.
How To Use Low-Carb Teriyaki Sauce
You can use this recipe on top of your favorite chicken, or as a marinade for thinly-sliced beef or even pork. You can also use it whenever you make cauliflower fried rice!
This low-carb teriyaki sauce is the perfect dipping sauce for baked teriyaki chicken wings. Add sausage egg roll in a bowl on the side and you have a complete meal!
Frequently Asked Questions About Keto Teriyaki Sauce
All of the steps and ingredients are in the recipe card, just a little further below. First, here are some questions people often ask about how to make low-carb teriyaki sauce.
How do you store homemade teriyaki sauce?
The best way to store this homemade teriyaki sauce is in a mason jar with a lid. It will seal completely. Keep teriyaki sauce in your refrigerator. It will stay fresh for about 3 months if you keep the lid screwed on tight.
Is teriyaki sauce keto?
Typical teriyaki sauce from Chinese restaurants is not keto-friendly. They are usually sweetened with corn syrup and/or brown sugar. This recipe for homemade teriyaki sauce is keto-friendly. It only has 1g net carb in each serving.
What types of meat taste good with teriyaki sauce?
This is the fun part! Almost any type of meat will taste delicious with keto teriyaki sauce. I like making keto teriyaki salmon, chicken, even beef.
This keto teriyaki sauce is so delicious and easy to make that you might even stop buying sugar-free sauces from the store. In fact, this will probably give you an excuse to save some time and money and just make your food at home.
It's so good!
Other Keto Sauce Recipes To Try
If you enjoyed my keto teriyaki sauce, then here are some more low-carb sauce and condiment recipes you should try next. They are just as good as store-bought!
- Low-Carb Blue Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing is both tangy and creamy and can even be used as a marinade.
- Keto Maple Syrup is super sweet and the perfect thing to use on top of chaffles.
- Avocado Mayo is the best topping for low-carb lettuce wraps or even a keto-friendly sandwich.
- Keto Worcestershire Sauce is salty and elevates burgers and casseroles without added carbs.
- Tzatziki Sauce is packed with fresh dill and made with sour cream for the best zest and zing!
Keto Teriyaki Sauce
- ⅔ cup Low sodium gluten-free soy sauce or ⅓ cup soy sauce and ⅓ cup water
- ¼ cup Keto brown sugar substitute
- 2 teaspoon Minced garlic
- 2 teaspoon Ginger paste
- ¼ teaspoon Sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon Xanthan gum optional
- 1 teaspoon Sesame seeds
- Place the soy sauce, brown sugar substitute, minced garlic, ginger paste and sesame oil in a small saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Bring to a slight boil.
- Reduce the heat to medium low and whisk in the xanthan gum. Simmer until the sauce thickens.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame seeds. Let the sauce cool and then use or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_unit] => tablespoons [serving_size] => 2 [calories] => 16 [carbohydrates] => 2 [protein] => 1 [fat] => 1 [saturated_fat] => 1 [polyunsaturated_fat] => 1 [monounsaturated_fat] => 1 [sodium] => 714 [potassium] => 43 [fiber] => 1 [sugar] => 1 [vitamin_a] => 1 [vitamin_c] => 1 [calcium] => 7 [iron] => 1 )
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The sauce was pretty tasty even though I used ground ginger and garlic. Next time I will add about 0.75 - 1 cup of broth before adding the xanthan gum.
I really enjoyed this recipe. It was easy to make and tastes great. I will however be doubling it.
What's the serving size, please.
It's about 2 tablespoons.
Can you substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce?
You can use coconut aminos but you may want to use less as it is sweeter and has more carbs.
This looks so good! I wonder if arrowroot or tapioca starch would work instead of xantham gum?
Yes. You can substitute some arrowroot or tapioca starch in place of the xanthan gum.
At the top of the recipe it says 2 net carbs, but at the bottom it says 7 net carbs. Which is correct?
Recipe data was recalculated and it's showing 2g carbs with 1g net.
I noticed in your video you said to use 1/4 cup of Sesame oil, however, in your printed recipe you say to use 1/4 teaspoon of Sesame oil. Which is correct?
It's 1/4 teaspoon. It was a misspeak in the video. The oil is only added for some taste.
Made this sauce because I had made a terriyaki chicken recipe with a sauce that wasn't quite right. This recipe was spot on! LOVED it and poured it into my already made chicken terriyaki and it went from bleh to WOW! Thank you!
This keto teriyaki sauce tastes like the real deal! I had it with some chicken, and it was amazing.
Hi, is the serving size 1 tbsp?
The recipe makes about a cup so a serving is about 2 tablespoons.
Can the sauce be frozen?
Yes. You can freeze it if you can't use it up within a few weeks.