Can you freeze teriyaki sauce?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you freeze teriyaki sauce?”, and how to freeze teriyaki sauce?

Can you freeze teriyaki sauce?

Yes, you can freeze teriyaki sauce. The store-bought teriyaki sauce does not contain any perishable ingredients, therefore, adjusts well to the freezing environment. 

However, homemade teriyaki marinade contains some perishable ingredients that would not take well to freezing. The high salt content preserves the quality of the teriyaki sauce for up to a year. So, if you decide not to freeze your teriyaki sauce, that makes sense.

How to freeze teriyaki sauce?

Teriyaki sauce is best stored in an ice cube tray for freezing because it allows you to thaw just the right amount of sauce when needed. Pour the bottle of the teriyaki sauce and fill each cube of the ice-cube tray.

Let the cubes freeze solid. Transfer the solid cubes of teriyaki sauce to a resealable bag and squeeze as much air as possible from it. Label the bag and chuck it in the freezer.

Another way to store teriyaki sauce is to store it the way it is intended to use. To do this, you need to rub the meat with the sauce and put it in the zip-lock bag. Squeeze the air from it, label the bag and chuck it into the freezer.

This method is particularly useful if you are often relying on quick-meal-fix. When everything is ready and frozen, all you need to do is thaw and pop the meat in the oven.

How to store teriyaki sauce?

Like soy sauce, teriyaki sauce should also sit in a cool and dry place, away from sources of heat like direct sunlight or the stovetop. An unopened bottle of teriyaki sauce has a pretty long shelf-life and can be kept in the pantry or a kitchen cabinet.

Once opened, you need to make sure that the teriyaki sauce is tightly sealed at all times. Due to high salt content, teriyaki sauce can be kept unrefrigerated even after the bottle is opened. 

Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to store teriyaki sauce after opening the bottle. It is better to refrigerate the opened bottle if the climate of your region is warm and if it will take up to a year to finish the bottle.

How long does teriyaki sauce last?

Teriyaki sauce comes with a best-by date instead of an expiry date. This means the printed date is just an estimation of how long the product will remain in its prime. 

If stored correctly, teriyaki sauce stays good for as long as 3 years past the printed date. The shelf-life of an opened bottle of teriyaki sauce ranges from 3-6 months depending on how and where you stored it.

Note that all of these dates are just an estimation and the sauce remains safe to eat beyond the expected best-by dates. But the quality diminishes quickly once the best-by date passes.

How to make the best teriyaki sauce at home?


  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced


  1. Dissolve the cornstarch in water in a saucepan over low to medium heat.
  1. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients and let the mixture come to a boil.
  1. Whisk the sauce until thick and smooth.
  1. Turn off the flame and let the sauce come to room temperature. Use it right away or refrigerate for later.

Nutrition facts 

Calories 54 kcal
Carbs 13 g 
Sodium 269 mg 
Potassium 26 mg
Sugar 11 g
Vitamin C 0.1 mg 
Calcium 8 mg 
Iorn 0.2 mg 

How to tell if the teriyaki sauce has gone bad?

Salt has excellent preservative properties. Considering the high percentage of salt of the teriyaki sauce, mold growth and spoilage is a rare occurrence. What mostly happens is that the teriyaki sauce loses its intensity over time.

The sauce develops a flat salty flavor which is not desirable. It’s no big deal if you want to discard this sauce for quality purposes. Moreover, the presence of off-flavors or offensive odor is another sign of spoilage.

How to use teriyaki sauce?

Teriyaki sauce is very versatile when it comes to its use. It makes for a great marinade, glaze, dipping sauce, or topping sauce for meat, fish, veggies, tofu, etc. 

Grilled chicken is incomplete with teriyaki sauce. Not just grilled chicken, teriyaki sauce also complements stir-fried, broiled, or baked chicken. 


In this article, we answered the question “Can you freeze teriyaki sauce?”, and how to freeze teriyaki sauce?


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.