Any dish made with a teriyaki-like sauce (often even those using foreign alternatives to sake), or with added ingredients such as sesame or garlic (uncommon in traditional Japanese cuisine), is described as Teriyaki. Pineapple juice is usually used as it not only provides sweetness but also bromelain enzymes that help tenderise the meat. Grilling meat first and pouring the sauce on afterward or using sweet sauce as a marinade are other non-traditional methods of cooking teriyaki. Teriyaki sauce is sometimes put on chicken wings or used as a dipping sauce.
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons rice wine
- 1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1½ teaspoons minced garlic
- 1½ teaspoons minced ginger
- Combine ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.