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Low Carb Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade

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!

Watch the whole thing go down:

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

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

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 13 votes
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 1 cups
Author: Aleta

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

Equipment

  • Small Saucepan
  • Whisk

Directions

    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. 

    Notes

    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.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 6.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 329mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar Alcohols: 5g | Net Carbs: 1g
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    49 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      This was DELICIOUS!! I made it with tofu and stir fried veges…my 3yr old devoured it. Thanks so much.

    2. Can the marinaded chicken be frozen and grilled later?

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

    3. 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?

      • 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.

    4. Ben Brucker

      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

    5. 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!

    6. 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. 🙂

    7. 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!

    8. 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!

      • 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.)

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