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Honey Teriyaki Recipe (aka Honeyaki)

Honey Teriyaki Recipe (aka Honeyaki) />

Teriyaki was a staple in my home growing up.  We had teriyaki stirfry, teriyaki chicken, even teriyaki bologna (it's not as bad as it sounds)  My mom was basically amazing at taking whatever we had and making a teriyaki dish out of it.  This is her recipe with some suggestions for customization:

Tip: Use genuine soy sauce.  (We prefer kikoman) I tried a store brand after I moved out to save a little money but it had a dramatically different taste.  Kikoman Soysauce has a nice flavor profile.  

Mom's Original Recipe (No Honey):

1 cup Sugar 
1 cup Soy Sauce
1/8 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/8 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp sesame seeds - optional

Mom's Recipe with Honey:

3/4 Cup Honey
1 Cup Soy Sauce
1/8 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/8 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp sesame seeds - optional

Honey is sweeter than sugar so when substituting honey for sugar you can substitute 2/3 to 3/4 up of honey for every cup of sugar.

TIP:  When substituting 1/2 cup of sugar or less in a recipe honey can be substituted in equal amounts

Instructions: 

This is a very simple recipe.  Add ingredients to a saucepan and put on medium heat.  Stir mixture until honey disolves into soy sauce. 

For a thin sauce you can remove from heat as soon as the honey finished disolving.  For a thicker sauce you can adjust the heat to low and let the sauce reduce until it has thickened.  

Vegetables or meat can be cooked in this sauce or the sauce can be added after plating the dish.

Substitutions:
use 1 clove of fresh garlic - pressed or crushed instead of powdered garlic
use 1/8 - 1/4 tsp of peeled and freshly grated ginger instead of ground ginger

TIP:  Get creative.  Experiment with adding chopped onion or small amounts of wasabi to taste.