By Devorah Ungerleider-Moore
The History of Teriyaki and Teriyaki Recipe:
Who doesn’t love Teriyaki? You know…that sweet ‘n salty sauce used in Japanese and Hawaiian cooking. While whipping-up this Gluten-Free Teriyaki Chicken with Kale and Carrots recipe, I wondered about the Teriyaki origin. Was it from Japan or Hawaii? I just had to find out! That’s how my mind works in the kitchen with every ingredient…I want to know the origin, health benefits, etc…down the rabbit hole of questions I go. Can anyone relate?
The history of Teriyaki sauce traces all the way back to early Japanese immigrants who settled in Hawaii. Blending local ingredients like pineapple juice and soy sauce, they created what we know today as Teriyaki sauce. The ingredients have changed a little bit over the years. Currently the ingredients are more along the lines of brown sugar, cornstarch, garlic, sake, and soy sauce. Below you will find my Teriyaki sauce recipe that is filler free, gluten-free and delicious.
Looking at Teriyaki beyond the sauce, the word “Teriyaki” actually refers to a method of Japanese cooking dating back to the 17th century where foods are broiled or grilled then glazed with soy sauce, rice wine, and sugar. From my point of view the style of Teriyaki Cooking is deeply rooted in Japan. The Teriyaki sauce we love today seems to have been kissed by Hawaii blending the two beautiful cultures.
When following a gluten-free diet, it’s important to make sure your Teriyaki sauce is wheat free. Soy sauce is often not pure and has wheat in it—always check the label and reach for one with a pure Tamari base. However, it’s pretty simple to make your own Teriyaki sauce and you’ll know all your ingredients. Again, I’m sharing my recipe below.
If you’re looking for an easy weeknight healthy dinner, try this delicious Gluten-Free Chicken Teriyaki with Kale and Carrots recipe. Serve it with steamed rice. You can make your own Teriyaki sauce (recipe included) or buy a gluten-free pre-made sauce. Sky Valley Foods makes a delicious one.