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Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade

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

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Perfect for chicken, salmon or beef, this Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade is simple, easy and absolutely delicious!
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Teriyaki sauce is definitely my flavour of choice. 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.

This delicious Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade has sukrin gold as the sweetener and xanthan gum thickens it. You can skip the xanthan gum if it’s a marinade you’re after.

I hope you love this sauce as much as I do!

What is in this Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce?

I took my original teriyaki sauce and adjusted it to create this low carb teriyaki sauce and marinade.

This sauce has soy sauce, water, apple cider vinegar, sukrin gold, sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic, sesame seeds and xanthan gum.

How to make Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce

It’s so easy!

Don’t need your sauce thickened? Combine all ingredients (except 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!

Is Teriyaki Sauce Low carb?

Teriyaki is not traditionally a low carb sauce. It is a sweet sauce that is usually made with lots of sugar and thickened with cornstarch. Follow this recipe for a teriyaki sauce that IS low carb!

Does teriyaki sauce freeze?

Heck yes it does! One of my favourite things to do with this low carb teriyaki sauce is to marinade meat with it and freeze!

I can’t help myself when chicken thighs go on sale.. I buy a few packs, marinate them with different sauces and freeze. This low carb teriyaki sauce is perfect for the job! The chicken absorbs the flavour sooo well, then all I have to do is throw the whole bag into my slow cooker in the morning and when I come home after a long day, I simply steam some broccoli and I’ve got an epic Low Carb Teriyaki Chicken and Steamed Broccoli dinner!

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

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!

Low carb sidekicks that go with teriyaki

Try these delicious low carb sides that are great to accompany any teriyaki main dish!

Steamed Broccoli

Sweet and Salty Vegetable Stir Fry – replace the brown sugar with sukrin gold!

Zucchini Noodles

Cauliflower Rice

Golden Dragon Soy Sauce

Once I tried Golden Dragon soy sauce I never looked back. They have three different soy sauces and each is great for different recipes.

They have a light, regular and dark soy sauce. I generally stick with the regular soy sauce but occasionally use the light.

The regular soy sauce has zero calories and only 1 g carbs per tbsp! I’ve seen lots of soy sauces that have quite a bit of carbs and calories in them, so this one is an excellent choice.

Love this recipe? Try these other low carb mains next:

Keto Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Two wooden bowls of keto sweet and sour meatballs with cauliflower rice.

Lemon Herb Chicken Thighs

Lemon Herb Chicken Thighs. These lemon herb chicken thighs are bursting with lemony love and marinated with Italian herbs. A delicious low carb protein for easy healthy eating!

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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!
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 1 cups
Author: Aleta


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

Optional for Thick Sauce



  • 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 frys. 


    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: 2tbsp | Calories: 6.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 329mg | Fiber: 0.1g


    1. 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.

    2. 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

    3. 5 stars
      Great tasting low carb teriyaki sauce is hard to come by! This one sounds absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

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

    5. 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

    6. 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!

    7. 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.

    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.

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

    10. 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!

    11. 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!

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

    13. Stephanie Smith

      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!!!

      • 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. 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?

    15. 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.

      • Hey Kris! Thanks for letting me know, I am so glad you enjoyed it! Once you go fresh garlic and ginger, there really is no going back, is there? I always keep fresh ginger on hand just in case I have a teriyaki crave 😆

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

      • 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!

    17. 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!

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