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Keto Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Louise | October 15
Keto Teriyaki Sauce Recipe #keto

This keto teriyaki sauce recipe has the perfect amount of sweetness. It has been carefully crafted to avoid a sugar crash.

What is Teriyaki Sauce?

Teriyaki is a sweet sauce that is most often comprised of soy sauce, sake or mirin, and sugar. The sugar content of the sauce provides its signature glossy look when cooked.

Sometimes sesame or garlic is added, and pineapple juice is occasionally used to add sweetness and tenderize the meat.

Teriyaki tends to refer to any dish that has been prepared using teriyaki sauce. The meat varies by country.

In Japan, you might indulge in teriyaki fish; while in America you’d be more likely to nosh on teriyaki chicken, steak, or pork.

How I Made Keto Teriyaki Sauce

In the previous section, you probably noticed that one of the ingredients in most teriyaki sauce recipes is sugar.

Like it or not, that sweetness is part of the identity of teriyaki. Unfortunately, however, sugar is not on the menu for keto.

Instead, I used applesauce to sweeten this dish without overwhelming your daily carb count.

Applesauce isn’t normally recommended for keto (it’s got more carbs than you might think), but there is only a small amount in this recipe.

The other change I made is to use tamari sauce instead of soy sauce. That avoids the issue of the gluten that is often in soy sauce (just make sure the brand you purchase is gluten-free).

As you can see from the nutrition estimates provided, you’ll be a lot better off using this keto teriyaki sauce than anything you might pick up from the store.

What to Use This Teriyaki Sauce With

While meat is the obvious answer, you can definitely get creative. Here are a few ideas:

  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Pork
  • Salmon
  • Meatballs (make your own to ensure they’re keto)
  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Broccoli
  • Squid (just kidding, although people do go for it in Japan)

More Keto Diet Foods

There are only so many hours in a day. Why waste your precious time thinking about what you can and cannot eat on keto?

While there are some obviously bad choices (bagel Mondays and birthday cakes), there may be a lot of food that you’re just not sure about.

Sure, you can look them up individually, but it’s much easier to have a one-stop reference guide you that lays it all out in one piece.

You’re in luck because I’ve created the perfect keto diet foods list so you can put any potential food to the test and see if it’s considered keto.

Keto Teriyaki Sauce Recipe #keto

Keto Teriyaki Sauce Recipe #keto

Keto Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: : 2 servings (2 Tablespoons each)
  • Category: Sauce, Condiment
  • Cuisine: Japanese


This keto teriyaki sauce recipe has the perfect amount of sweetness.



  1. Whisk the tamari sauce, applesauce, garlic, and ginger together in a bowl.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 3 g


  • Calories: 21
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.