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Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

This Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade is simple, easy and absolutely delicious.

Jar of low carb teriyaki sauce on a marble cutting board.

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Teriyaki is definitely my flavour of choice when it comes to sauce. I absolutely love teriyaki chicken wings, teriyaki stir fry, teriyaki chow mien, teriyaki fried rice, teriyaki chicken, teriyaki beef, teriyaki salmon.. okay I’ll stop here before I start to sound like Forest Gump…

I make a homemade teriyaki sauce that is SOOO GOOD!!! The problem? Brown sugar sweetens the sauce and cornstarch thickens it. So, I decided to made my very own sugar free teriyaki sauce!

Why it works

  1. This yummy Sugar Free Teriyaki Sauce is sweetened with lakanto’s golden monk fruit, and is thickened with xanthan gum. You can skip the xanthan gum if it’s a marinade you’re after.
  2. It’s fast and easy! Make this Keto Teriyaki Sauce in under 20 minutes.
  3. The flavours combine to make a Sugar Free Teriyaki Sauce or Marinade that is absolutely delicious!
Two bowls of keto teriyaki chicken with cauliflower rice on the side.
Keto Teriyaki Chicken

Keto Teriyaki Sauce ingredients

  • soy sauce
  • water
  • apple cider vinegar
  • brown sugar replacement
  • sesame oil
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • sesame seeds
  • xanthan gum

SweetenerSukrin Gold sweetener is a great brown sugar replacement, but my new favourite is Lakanto’s Golden Monk Fruit sweetener! I find the Lakanto sweetener tastes just a little bit better than the Sukrin Gold.

How to make Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce

Don’t need your sauce thickened? Combine all ingredients, except the xanthan gum, in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. That’s it!

Is it a thick sauce you’re after? Combine all ingredients except the sesame oil and xanthan gum. Whisk to combine, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Whisk the xanthan gum into the sesame oil, then whisk into the simmering sauce. Continue to mix for about 1 minute, until the sauce has thickened.

Perfect for chicken, salmon or beef, this Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade is simple, easy and absolutely delicious!

Expert Tips

  1. Be sure to mix the xanthan gum into the sesame oil before adding it to the hot sauce, otherwise it will make your Sugar Free Teriyaki Sauce clumpy!
Baking sheet with 4 keto teriyaki beef skewers, fresh from the oven. A bowl of kale caesar salad next to it.
Keto Teriyaki Beef Skewers

Watch it all go down!

Meals with low carb teriyaki sauce

The list is endless when it comes to what to do with this low carb teriyaki sauce and marinade recipe! Here are my favourites:

Chicken wings with low carb teriyaki sauce – Cook your wings until crispy then pour in the teriyaki sauce and toss. I love to use my air fryer to get the wings ultra crisp, but you can always bake or barbecue them if you prefer!

Drumsticks marinated in low carb teriyaki sauce – Marinate raw drumsticks over night with this teriyaki marinade before barbecuing or baking.

Teriyaki salmon – Bake salmon with this teriyaki glaze; brush on a couple of times during the baking period.

Stir fry with teriyaki sauce – Add this teriyaki sauce to the stir fry a couple of minutes before your stir fry has finished cooking like in this Low Carb Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry.

Teriyaki chicken with steamed broccoli – One of my favourite slow cooker meals. Sear chicken breasts or thighs in a hot skillet for a couple of minutes, add to the slow cooker and pour in the teriyaki sauce. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Serve over a bed of steamed broccoli.

Keto Teriyaki Chicken – Ready in under 30 minutes, this Keto Teriyaki Chicken features a sugar free teriyaki sauce, chicken thighs and broccoli, making it a great weekday meal!

Bowl of teriyaki drumsticks that were marinated and then barbecued.

Here are some other keto friendly sauces you might like:

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Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade

Perfect for chicken, salmon or beef, this Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade is simple, easy and absolutely delicious!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course low carb, sauce
Cuisine Asian, Canadian
Servings 1 cups
Calories 6.4 kcal


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce golden dragon
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup lakanto golden monk fruit sweetener
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Optional for Thick Sauce

  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum



  • Small Saucepan
  • Whisk


    For marinade (not thickened)

    • In a small saucepan combine soy sauce, water, apple cider vinegar, sukrin gold, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Cool completely to use as a marinade.

    For sauce (thickened)

    • In a small saucepan combine soy sauce, water, apple cider vinegar, sukrin gold, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
    • Whisk xanthan gum and sesame oil in a small bowl then stir into the sauce until thick, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and use hot for slow cooker teriyaki or stir fry. 



    Expert Tips

    1. For strict keto, substitute the soy sauce for coconut aminos.
    2. Be sure to mix the xanthan gum into the sesame oil before adding it to the hot sauce, otherwise it will make your Sugar Free Teriyaki Sauce clumpy!

    Nutrition Facts

    Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  
     * Net carb count excludes both fibre and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people.
    Deduct fibre (0.1g) and sugar alcohols (5 g) from the total carbs to get 1 g net carbs per serving.


    Serving: 2tbspCalories: 6.4kcalCarbohydrates: 6.1gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.5gSodium: 329mgFiber: 0.1g
    Keyword low carb teriyaki marinade, low carb teriyaki sauce
    Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

    51 thoughts on “Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

    1. Gloria says:

      5 stars
      I totally agree, homemade sauces are the best. This looks super easy, and I know the flavours would be amazing. So much better than anything in the store.

      1. Aleta says:

        Thanks Gloria! It’s so simple to throw together a homemade sauce isn’t it?

    2. Karyl Henry says:

      5 stars
      I love to make my own sauces, because they almost always taste better. I had no clue it was so easy to make teriyaki sauce! I’m definitely going to make a batch next time I need some

      1. Aleta says:

        Thanks Karyl, it’s awesome how easy it is to make teriyaki!

    3. Krista Price says:

      5 stars
      Great tasting low carb teriyaki sauce is hard to come by! This one sounds absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

      1. Aleta says:

        Thanks Krista 🙂

    4. Charity says:

      I love sauces I can freeze! Just makes dinner prep so much easier. Excited to try this!

      1. Aleta says:

        Right?! Anything I can freeze is a bonus for easy weeknight meals!

    5. Michele says:

      5 stars
      Loving EVERYTHING about this teriyaki sauce! It sounds amazing and there are so many recipes you could use it with. I can’t wait to try this! Looks like a winner for sure. ;-D

      1. Aleta says:

        Thanks Michele 🙂

    6. Donna says:

      5 stars
      I am right there with you on teriyaki sauce being the sauce of choice. Especially if it is homemade. I haven’t made mine using apple cider vinegar though, and I love adding that stuff to everything. Definitely trying this with my next batch!

      1. Aleta says:

        Thanks Donna! I also love apple cider vinegar, besides the healthy benefits, it is also a delicious vinegar 🙂

    7. Eileen Kelly says:

      5 stars
      I am with you on making homemade sauces! I hate preservatives and prefer homemade for taste and whole ingredients! I have to get myself some sukrin so I can make this delicious teriyaki! I use teriyaki all the time and I love experimenting with sauces.

      1. Aleta says:

        Thanks Eileen! Sukrin gold is a delicious brown sugar replacement 🙂

    8. What a delicious sounding sauce, and I love that you include lots of meal options to for using it. We’ll definitely have to give this a try.

      1. Aleta says:

        Thanks Claire! Yes the options are endless with this delicious sauce 🙂

    9. This teriyaki sauce sounds amazing. And I can’t believe how easy it is to make. I will have to try this soon!

      1. Aleta says:

        Thanks Sam 🙂

    10. Natalie says:

      5 stars
      Teriyaki is my favorite sauce for marinade. It’s so flavorful and it makes meat look so delicious. I love that you used fresh ginger – most people use powder, which is not nearly good as fresh one. Great recipe!

      1. Aleta says:

        Thanks Natalie! I totally agree, I’ve used ginger powder in this before and there is no comparison.. fresh ginger is a must!

    11. Nicole says:

      Thank you for sharing this. I always wanted to k ow what went into teriyaki sauce! Now that I know this will be my go to recipe!

      1. Aleta says:

        Glad to hear it Nicole 🙂

    12. Adriann says:

      To keep it low carb, couldn’t you use arrowroot to thicken?

      1. Aleta says:

        Yes you can! Also Xantham gum would work, whatever you prefer 🙂

    13. Stephanie Smith says:

      5 stars
      I’ve got pork marinating in this right now! I’ve been dying for teriyaki and because of you I get to eat some, thank you!!!

      1. Aleta says:

        Yay! So glad you get to enjoy some tasty teriyaki 😛 I honestly don’t think I could live life without the stuff hahaha… Thanks for the comment Stephanie 🙂

    14. Jodi Boyd says:

      I’d like to try the soy sauce you mentioned but can’t find it near me or on the internet. Do you have a link?

      1. Aleta says:

        Hey Jodi! Here is a link to their website, perhaps you could find out where you can buy it near you!
        I love this brand, I really hope you are able to try it out!

    15. Kris says:

      Such a good recipe! I used half coconut aminos and half soy (since I ran out of soy sauce), doubled the ginger and garlic (fresh is soooo much better than powdered, for sure!), and added some red chili flakes to be extra and yum! Thank you for sharing this.

    16. Christine says:

      How long would this keep in the fridge?! Super excited to try it!!

      1. Aleta says:

        Hey Christine! Store this sauce in an air tight container in the fridge and it should last for a couple of weeks, though I have never tested this theory as it never lasts that long in my house! The only ingredient I would wonder about would be the xanthan gum. I am not sure how well that would hold up for the extended period of time. 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

      2. Heather says:

        Hi! I’m super new to cooking and spices: would you say this mix is spicy or mild? And if it’s spicy, what variation would you recommend to make it mild? (I’m not good with spicy lol.)

        1. Heather says:

          Omg, just left a comment about spicy here, when I thought I was still on your taco seasoning mix page. LOL

    17. Bridget says:

      5 stars
      I’ve made this several times now to marinate a pork tenderloin for the grill. It’s easy and delicious! Thanks for such a great recipe!

      1. Aleta says:

        Hey Bridget! I am so glad you love this recipe, marinating pork tenderloin for the grill is such a great idea!

    18. Janice says:

      5 stars
      I made this tonight and we absolutely loved it!!! We put it on chicken wings and chicken skewers. I licked my plate clean, LOL! Now I’m going through your other recipes to try more. 🙂

      1. Aleta says:

        I’m so glad you loved it Janice! I hope you find some other favourites! 😀

    19. Shirley says:

      I made this sauce a few nights ago for impromptu stir fry. I won’t be freezing it – because there won’t be any left! My husband loves teriyaki anything and this was a true hit with him. He wants more tonight. I think this sauce is a good as any take out we’ve ever tried. I’m new to using coconut aminos and I really can’t tell the difference. Thanks for the recipe, it’s a keeper!

      1. Aleta says:

        Hey Shirley, I am so glad you both liked it so much! We also eat a lot of teriyaki around here so use this sauce often!

    20. Ben Brucker says:

      5 stars
      Absolutely amazing! Used it as a marinade for chicken skewers. So good!!!
      I love keto marinades! I suggest an avocado oil and coconut aminos marinade for boneless chicken thighs on the grill.
      1/2 cup avocado oil
      1/4 cup coconut aminos
      2 tablespoons monk fruit granulated
      2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
      1 tablespoon Worcester’s sauce
      2 tsp each of pepper, garlic powder, and ginger

      1. Aleta says:

        Hey Ben I am glad you loved it so much! Your marinade sounds amazing – can’t wait to try it!

    21. Marcelle says:

      Planning on trying this tomorrow but have a question. Other Asian sauces I have made in the past using just erythritol have crystallized when the left overs were refrigerated. I have since switched from plain erythritol to Lakanto. Does the addition of the monk fruit keep this from happening?

      1. Aleta says:

        Hey Marcelle, unfortunately the monk fruit sweetener will most likely crystallize after a time. I have kept it in my fridge for up to a day while marinating but have not kept it longer than that. I generally use the the whole batch in a stir fry! It is something I’ve been meaning to test, though have not yet.

    22. Connie says:

      Can the marinaded chicken be frozen and grilled later?

      1. Aleta says:

        When frozen, the erythritol eventually crystallizes. I have not experimented with time frames, nor what happens once thawed!

    23. Karalee says:

      5 stars
      This was DELICIOUS!! I made it with tofu and stir fried veges…my 3yr old devoured it. Thanks so much.

      1. Aleta says:

        Hey Karalee, I am so glad that you and your 3 yr old loved it! My 3 year old loves it as well!

    24. Marci Risch says:

      Hi – this sounds amazing but seems awfully high in carbs compared to other marinade recipes I’ve seen? I’m wondering where the carb count comes from and if there’s any way to reduce it.

      1. Aleta says:

        Hey Marci! Perhaps you were looking at the total carbs? The sugar sweetener used in this recipe is high in sugar alcohols, but can be deducted from the total carbs. This makes the net carbs down to only 1g per 2 tbsp. The only way to reduce this further would be to swap out the soy sauce for coconut aminos. Hope this helped 🙂

    25. Salli says:

      I made this with just a heaped tablespoon of stevia and used it as a marinade — delicious! I found it sweet enough with that amount, I think more would make it too sweet for my palate.

      1. Aleta says:

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it Salli! Thanks for sharing how much stevia you used 🙂

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