teriyaki chickenOne of the most popular items you will see on the menu of an average Japanese restaurant in the United States is Chicken Teriyaki. But you might be surprised to know that this is almost never featured on the restaurant menus in Japan. The reason behind this is that it’s more of an American tradition and not Japanese, based on the known history of teriyaki as well as teriyaki sauce.

Its Origin and the Cooking Method

Teriyaki can be traced back to the 17th century in Japan. It is one of the three cooking methods that are known all over the world today. The other two are sukiyaki and yakitori. If you look closely, the three terms share the word “yaki,” which means grilled. However, the teriyaki sauce have originated outside the country of Japan.

It’s been revealed that the teriyaki sauce’s history could be traced back to the early Japanese immigrants who have settled in Hawaii, and who made a unique marinade that uses local products such as pineapple juice, which they then blend with sugar and soy sauce.

In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, teriyaki is a noun that is defined as a Japanese dish of fish or meat that’s broiled or grilled after soaking it in a seasoned soy sauce marinade. This entry was made back in 1962. Its definition also explained that teri means glaze and yaki means broiling. The entry was made at a time when there was a rise in popularity of Japanese cuisine in the country during the 1960s.


Conventionally speaking, teriyaki sauce has always been a favorite marinade sauce for fish, beef, chicken, and other types of meats. After they’re marinated for at least 30 minutes or even longer if you prefer a more pronounced flavour, the meats will be grilled and then served with rice and vegetable. Since teriyaki sauce has a sweet taste, it also works best as a dipping sauce.

You may also like to know that in Japan, there’s no official history for teriyaki sauce. The term refers to the above mentioned method of cooking and applies basically to the preparing fish like tuna, trout, salmon, and mackerel.

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