How Long Does Teriyaki Sauce Last?

How long does Teriyaki Sauce Last

You must have bought it from a shop or tried some recipe for making it on YouTube.

Wondering how you will store the teriyaki sauce or how long it will last? Then you have found the perfect article. 

Let’s learn a little more about Teriyaki and its shelf life. 

What is Teriyaki Sauce Made of?

Teriyaki is a legitimate style of Japanese cuisine. The sauce used in it is called Teriyaki sauce. It’s a savory sauce used while cooking vegetables, chicken, salmon, and so many other dishes.

Teriyaki sauce mainly includes soya sauce, brown or white sugar, mirin, sake, cornstarch, and sometimes sesame oil. A more westernized version uses garlic, ginger (powdered or shredded), and honey.

How long does Teriyaki Sauce last? 

Teriyaki sauce is mostly made of soya sauce. And soya sauce does last long. But the shelf-life of teriyaki sauce depends on the ingredients used while making it.

It is because some ingredients used in making sauce may not last longer, thus shortening Teriyaki sauce’s shelf life. 

It also varies from brand to brand as different brands claim to have separate “best by” dates. Most brands like Kikkoman or Soy Vay suggest that their Teriyaki sauce lasts up to 12 months.

Store Bought, Unopened3 to 6 months 
Store Bought, Opened1 to 2 weeks3 to 6 months 
Homemade1 to 2 weeks 

How long does Store-Bought Teriyaki sauce last?  

As said earlier, the shelf-life of Teriyaki sauce varies from brand to brand, but generally, it lasts for 12 to 18 months or according to the best date mentioned on the package. It depends on the way you store the sauce and also depends on its ingredients if homemade.


It is a different case if you have opened the store-bought teriyaki sauce. If some are left after using the sauce in a dish, if stored in the pantry it can last for 1 to 2 weeks. But a lot is left; if you use the sauce regularly, you can simply store it in a refrigerator.

The teriyaki sauce can last up to 3 to 4 months in the fridge. We say it’s better to store the sauce in the fridge so you can use it for longer.


Most brands claim that Teriyaki sauce, if not opened, can last up to 12 months. However, it is not the case that the Teriyaki sauce will mainly go bad after the “best by” date.

The best by date refers to the fact that sauce may change the texture or flavor of Teriyaki sauce after this date. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the sauce has gone bad.

Teriyaki Sauce served

How long does Homemade Teriyaki Sauce last?

Homemade Teriyaki sauce is best for barbeque parties. If you have some teriyaki sauce left behind, store them. If stored correctly, homemade Teriyaki sauce can last up to 1 week.

The ingredients used in them can be the culprit in lessening the life of Teriyaki sauce. If teriyaki sauce has some ingredients that go bad soon, the sauce will get bad soon 

How long can Teriyaki last at room temperature?

Teriyaki sauce, especially store-bought and unopened, can last up to 12 months at room temperature, i.e, about 72 Fahrenheit. And opened sauce can stay good for about a week if kept at room temperature.

How to store Teriyaki

Opened Teriyaki Sauce

Stored-bought teriyaki sauce can be easily stored in the refrigerator. Most stored-bought edible products are carefully packaged.

They have a seal that can scale back after opening the package. You need to clean the bottle of Teriyaki sauce with a cloth as it may be sticky and properly store it in a refrigerator.

It is advisable to keep it in the fridge rather than storing the sauce in a pantry. It will reduce its flavor if you keep it outside.

Unopened Teriyaki Sauce

Store-bought goods are always correctly packed. If you have bought them in excess or you are planning to use the sauce in the future, you can easily store Teriyaki sauce in a pantry or kitchen cupboard wherever it’s dark and dry.

If stored properly, it can last more than 12 to 18 months. You can also keep it in the fridge, but that’s not necessary if the sauce bottle is still unopened.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki sauce is a very easy marinade to prepare, and it’s easy to store.

While preparing, you will have to be mindful of the die you will be using in making the sauce. Some ingredients affect the shelf- life of Teriyaki sauce.

Remember if you have freshly made teriyaki so to cool down. Later, you can store the sauce in a jar or bottle in the fridge. Make sure that the jar is airtight. 

The Teriyaki sauce develops an off odor, flavor, or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.

This homemade teriyaki sauce makes a thicker sauce than the bottled sauce.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce in Cup

Can you store Teriyaki Sauce in the Freezer?

The question of storing Teriyaki sauce comes up when you have prepared homemade sauce. You want your homemade sauce to last longer. One of the ways is to keep it in a freezer.

However, to store Teriyaki in the freezer, we also have to look over the recipe for storing the e in ice trays and make cubes of Teriyaki sauce. This method is proper when you are storing the sauce in small quantities.

For large amounts, you can keep it in a clean container. There will be no significant change in the texture or flavor of the sauce.

How to know if Teriyaki Sauce has gone bad?

If you notice that teriyaki sauce is developing a weird smell, it’s better to taste it if it’s good. You can use the sauce. If you feel texture has changed or quality has been hindered, you can discard that sauce.

If mold is growing on the sauce, just throw that away. If there is a color change or odor in the sauce, it’s better to be careful.

After the best date, the sauce can lose its flavor. If you are ok with that, you can use it or a new bottle of Teriyaki sauce. 


Teriyaki sauce is a simple yet delicious sweet-savory sauce to make and a simple sauce to store. You can store it in the fridge or a pantry, depending on whether you have opened your bottle.

Homemade sauce is advisable to store in the refrigerator. Enjoy all your delicious teriyaki chicken, noodles, salmon, shrimp, and many others.

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