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Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce {Whole30 + Paleo Teriyaki Sauce}

This healthy and Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce is an easy alternative to storebought. Free of soy and sugar, this healthy teriyaki sauce is seriously delicious and Whole30 compliant! So easy to make, this sugar-free teriyaki marinade will be the star of your next stir-fry.

gluten free teriyaki sauce with chili paste, ginger, garlic, and a green onion on a board

One of my favorite takeout foods is teriyaki. It’s affordable, filling, and there is so much I can usually squeeze two or three meals out of it. And? It’s sooooo delicious!

But it’s packed full of sugar and depending on who makes the sauce, it can be achingly sweet. So making my own is the easiest way to control the ingredients and get a perfectly balanced homemade teriyaki sauce.

Just like my Paleo + Whole30 BBQ Sauce, this sauce changes the game.

I love the convenience of teriyaki sauce because it can transform some veggies and protein into stir fry. If you need a fast weeknight one-pan meal, a bit of teriyaki sauce quickly becomes Baked Chicken Teriyaki Dinner. Drizzle some over these Asian Pork Meatballs for a quick meal prep dinner.

ginger, garlic, pineapple, and coconut aminos on a wooden board for making whole30 teriyaki sauce

Does Teriyaki Sauce Contain Gluten?

Most teriyaki sauce available for purchase is full of gluten. Many brands use soy sauce and soy sauce contains soy, wheat, water, and salt.

Is Teriyaki Sauce Whole30 Compliant?

Sadly, most store-bought teriyaki sauces are not Whole30 compliant. This homemade gluten-free version uses coconut aminos instead of soy as its base and juicy fresh pineapple instead of sugar.

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Ingredients in This Whole30 + Paleo Teriyaki Sauce

  • Coconut Aminos
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh ginger

To make this an extra sustainable and affordable sauce, use the pineapple core and save the sliced pineapple for fresh eating.

Can I Use Liquid Aminos?

No. Liquid Aminos is a completely different product than coconut aminos and will result in a very salty sauce.

How to Make This Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

*Detailed & printable recipe card at the bottom of the post

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until super smooth.

pineapple and other ingredients in a blender for paleo teriyaki sauce

Pour into a medium saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 2 minutes stirring the entire time. The sauce will foam quite a bit so remove from heat if it is getting out of control.

Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the liquid is reduced by half (about 20 minutes). Stir occasionally.

sugar-free teriyaki sauce in a pan

Transfer to an air-tight container and store in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

  • Need to make more or less of the recipe? Click and slide the “servings” number on the recipe card and the ingredients will adjust as needed. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  • When freshly blended, the sauce will be a peanut butter color. After it has cooked down it will be dark like traditional sauce.
  • This sugar-free teriyaki sauce will last for two weeks in the fridge.
  • You can freeze the sauce for up to three months.

gluten free teriyaki sauce on a cutting board with ginger and a scallion

Variations on Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce

  • Add a drizzle of sesame oil during cooking for a sesame teriyaki.
  • Make it spicy! Yes and please. Dried red pepper or compliant hot sauce of your choosing.

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WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving has 1 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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5 from 3 votes

Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce {Whole30 + Paleo Teriyaki Sauce}

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
This healthy and Whole30 + Paleo Teriyaki Sauce is an easy alternative to storebought. So easy to make, this sugar-free teriyaki marinade is amazing!

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until super smooth.
  • Pour into a medium saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 2 minutes stirring the entire time. The sauce will foam quite a bit so remove from heat if it is getting a bit out of control.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the liquid is reduced by half (about 20 minutes).
  • Transfer to an air-tight container and store in the fridge.

Notes

This gluten-free teriyaki sauce will last for two weeks in the fridge or three months in the freezer.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce {Whole30 + Paleo Teriyaki Sauce}
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 28
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 452mg20%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 comments on “Gluten-Free Teriyaki Sauce {Whole30 + Paleo Teriyaki Sauce}”

  1. I made the quarantine version of this and love it! I only had liquid aminos so I used a half a cup of that and 1 1/2 cups of chicken broth. Delicious and the kids gobbled it up! 

  2. The Gluten Free Teriyaki Sauce was a winner in our household!
    This was every bit as good if not better than bottled teriyaki sauce!
    This recipe contained far less sugar and tasted better than bottled, for just a few minutes hands on we had teriyaki sauce to put on chicken for dinner or stir fried veggies or any other food item you may choose to put it on. Will make every time we want teriyaki sauce!

  3. I made a half batch of this (since that’s how much a bottle of coconut aminos from TJ’s will make). I also strained it through a medium-fine sieve after blending it, but otherwise followed the recipe. It came out super tasty! I’m neither paleo or GF, but I always appreciate options to avoid adding heaps of refined sugar to our meals. We had chicken teriyaki bowls last night (which plenty of sauce left over after making bowls for 4 people) with this and will definitely be making them again. Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. This is soooo salty! I wonder if I did something wrong. I was actually .25 cup short of liquid amminos and it’s still inedible. Help!

    • Hi Alisa,

      Sorry, you had trouble with the recipe but I think I nailed down the issue. The recipe calls for coconut aminos, not liquid aminos. They are two very different things with vastly different sodium contents. Given that you used liquid aminos I don’t see the recipe as being salvageable at this point. I would recommend starting over with the correct aminos and try again. Good luck!

  5. I did have a clue that teriyaki sauce had a lot of sugar, but not quite how much! Thankfully I don’t eat it too often, even though I like it. Thanks for this recipe, it will definitely be tried next time I want teriyaki. And what a great idea to use pineapple instead of sugar!!

    • My friend shared her family’s recipe with me (it was delicious) and the soy sauce and sugar were equal – 2 cups each. It is like making “normal” jam; the sugar is usually more than the fruit. Yeesh!