What can I use Instead of Eel Sauce?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “what can I use instead of eel sauce?” and provide you with insights on how you can enhance your cooking abilities and creativity by utilizing other items.

What can I use instead of eel sauce?

You can use teriyaki sauce instead of eel sauce. They both are not exactly the same but they do contain similar elements that can contribute to being used in the same dish for the same purpose.

Is eel sauce easily found?

Eel sauce is not easily available at general stores and grocery stores. It is also a bit more on the expensive side so not many people choose it as a sauce to use in their everyday normal cooking. 

If you are someone who loves to cook and has a vast palette and would love to have the flavor of eel sauce in your dishes, this article will help you out.

What is eel sauce?

As many would assume, eel sauce is not actually made of eel. Eels sauce is made up of mirin, soy sauce, sake, and sugar. Sake is an authentic Japanese wine made from fermenting rice.

It is a tangy and strong sauce and has the umami flavor that MSG has. But the sauce does not contain any MSG in it. It is great for being added to recipes. It works great in marination too.

Belonging to essentially the same family as soy sauce and other dark sauces, eel sauce greatly adds a very distinct enhancing flavor to any dish that it is put in.

Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki sauce is another dark brown sauce with a very different sweet yet sour flavor. It is widely used in thai and chinese dishes. It is even put in some soups to enhance the flavor.

Research. Teriyaki sauce has a very dark but sweet taste. It is along the lines of a soy sauce but has a very distinct flavor to it which is easily recognisable.

Teriyaki sauce is much more easily available in stores than eel sauce. It is widely available and also isnt very expensive. It is a must-have if you love soy sauce and a little sugar.

The sauce is used for glazing ribs and marinating any kind of meat. The teriyaki flavour and the thick sticky sauce over ribs is what people mostly crave and is a majority favourite.

What is the difference between teriyaki sauce and eel sauce?

The main difference between the two sauces is that teriyaki sauce is meant to have a little kick to it with the addition of ingredients like ginger. While eel sauce is not meant to have any spice or kick.

It is very important to note the difference between the two sauces. Eel sauce also contains the Japanese rice wine (mirin) while teriyaki sauce does not contain such thing.

Therefore, the two sauces are very similar and can be substituted but they are not exactly identical. People have different preferences when it comes to sauces.

There is not one sauce more elite or better than the other. You should only substitute eel sauce with teriyaki sauce

 if you either can not find eel sauce, or you want a little more spice to your sauce and want it to be less sweet. 

Other than that, any sauce will do since they both have very distinct and similar powerful flavors while maintaining their own taste.

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In this brief article, we answered the question, “what can I use instead of eel sauce?” and provided you with insights on how you can enhance your cooking abilities and creativity by utilizing other items.


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.