Ultimate Challenge: Write your own Authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

There’s more that goes into an authentic Hawaiian meal than having tiki torches around the patio and seashell décor on the table. Start with a base and add seasonings to create your own authentic Hawaiian teriyaki sauce recipe. Perhaps your sauce will rival the tropical flavors of the island! Say aloha to the kitchen and go forth bravely, my fellow cooks!

authentic Hawaiian teriyaki sauces recipe

Where did Teriyaki Sauce come from?

The distinct teriyaki flavor that we all know and enjoy originated in traditional Japanese cuisine. The word ‘teriyaki’ (てりやき) comes from the Japanese words for ‘shining’: ‘teri’ (てり) and ‘broiling’: ‘yaki’ (やき). It referred to the technique of glazing broiled meats and fish with a mixture of sugar and soy sauce. The sugar glaze put the ‘teri’ in the ‘yaki’!

The Japanese brought teriyaki sauce to Hawaii, and Americans have loved it ever since! We’ve even come up with our own versions of the authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki sauce, and recreated this delicious sweet-and-salty flavor blend. We like Teriyaki thick and creamy on our meat and fish, and we even add it to shredded beef in burgers, pour it over our veggies, and use it as a condiment at barbecues! Our authentic Hawaiian teriyaki sauce recipe is highly sought after, but we will protect it to the end! Our proprietary Hula sauces are for sale at our Ocean City NJ Hawaiian restaurant and online through the Hula Sauce Company website- but we’ll never give away our secrets! You can rely on these standard authentic Hawaiian teriyaki sauces recipes that we sourced online, and perfect your own version of this sweet and amazing sauce.

Four Easy-To-Make Hawaiian-Style Teriyaki Sauces:

Let’s see if you can throw together a fantastic authentic Hawaiian teriyaki sauces recipe that captures the Hawaiian vibe, from palm trees in the ocean breeze to the sounds from a ukulele! We’ve put together a variety of options you could choose for your main recipe base, whether you want something basic or something more customized, as with spices and added sauces. It all depends on the type of Hawaiian dishes you plan to create with your teriyaki sauce.

Read below to prepare before trying your hand at making your very own authentic Hawaiian teriyaki sauces recipe!

1. Basic Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • ¼ tsp. grated garlic
  • ¼ tsp. grated ginger

Stir all ingredients together in a saucepan, bring to a boil over medium to high heat, and then remove from heat.

2. Variation on the Basic Teriyaki Sauce:

  • ½ cup of soy sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup tangerine juice
  • ¼ cup sesame seed oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. roasted sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. black finely ground pepper

Simply mix all ingredients together and use as a marinade.

3. Pineapple and Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce:

  • ½ cup of chicken broth
  • ½ cup of pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 pressed garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. sriracha sauce
  • ½ tsp. sesame oil

Stir all ingredients together in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Jalapeno Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of mirin
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • 1 jalapeno
  • ½ tsp. grated ginger

Peel and seed the jalapeno. Then put all ingredients together in a food blender and blend until the jalapeno and the sugar have dissolved. For details on how to use this recipe for Teriyaki chicken, click here.

authentic Hawaiian teriyaki sauces recipes

The Dare: Make a Teriyaki Sauce as Good as This One!

Of course, you could buy it readymade in a bottle, but that wouldn’t be the same. Despite the fact that an expert chef created a proven recipe and distributes this teriyaki sauce to kitchens all over the world, you think your homemade recipe could be better, right? Right???

If you think so, grab a volunteer taste tester and go ahead! The dare is to make a teriyaki sauce from scratch that is just as good as Hula Authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce! Give it your best shot, and we’ll see how you do! You just might surprise yourself with how great your own Authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce Recipe turns out.

The Hula Sauce Company – Secret Authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Just as a fair warning, if you do take us up on the dare, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Don’t blame us! Our chef is an authority on the subject of Hawaiian sauces, dating back to his days of running a popular lunch restaurant on the sunny sands of Oahu. When he brought his knowledge and culinary flair to New Jersey as a restaurant owner and sauce distributor, mainland Americans started to fall in love with Hawaiian food! We’ve been opening up Hula Sauce bottles and flavoring our dishes on the mainland for 20 years now, and nothing else comes close to the authentic flavor. Our authentic Hawaiian teriyaki sauces recipe is too good to give away, but we do share the sauces with anyone who can appreciate truly tropical cuisine.

authentic Hawaiian teriyaki sauces recipe challenge

Write your own Authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce Recipe!

Don’t let us scare you off. Light the tiki torches, drape on a silk flower lei, and set out the hula table décor. Roll up your sleeves and try to whip up the very best teriyaki sauce you’ve ever tasted! If you do a good job on your own Authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce Recipe, we’ll do a hula dance in your honor! If you fail, don’t worry. You can still get the flavor you’re looking for when you cook with Hula Sauces. May the forces of Hawaii be with you!