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Vegan Teriyaki Sauce Recipe (Panda Express Copycat)

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Are you a fan of teriyaki sauce but looking for a vegan version of your favorite Panda Express dish? Look no further! This vegan teriyaki sauce recipe is the perfect copycat for the famous fast-food chain’s teriyaki sauce. Not only is it 100% plant-based, but it’s also super easy to make and only requires a few simple ingredients.

Delicious vegan teriyaki sauce drizzled over vegan chicken balls in a basket lined with white parchment paper. A bite has been taken out of one of the chicken balls.

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Ingredients for Vegan Teriyaki Sauce

To make this vegan teriyaki sauce recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Thai sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp corn starch + 1 tbsp water mixed together until combined
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)

Steps for Making Vegan Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

Here’s how to make this delicious vegan teriyaki sauce recipe:

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, cornstarch, rice vinegar, garlic powder, remainder of ingredients and ground ginger.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the sauce cool for a few minutes before using.

Delicious vegan teriyaki sauce drizzled over vegan chicken balls in a basket lined with white parchment paper. a fork and dish with dark teriyaki sauce to the side, and a bite has been taken out of one of the chicken balls.

Panda Express Teriyaki Sauce Origin

Did you know that Panda Express, one of the largest fast-food chains in the United States, was actually founded by Chinese immigrants? The chain was started by Andrew Cherng and his father in 1983, with the goal of bringing traditional Chinese cuisine to American consumers. Today, Panda Express is known for its American Chinese cuisine, including its famous orange chicken and, of course, its teriyaki sauce.

Where did Teriyaki Sauce come from?

Interestingly, Panda Express’s teriyaki sauce recipe has evolved over the years, with some customers claiming that the sauce used to be sweeter and less salty than it is now. However, this vegan teriyaki sauce recipe is a great copycat for those who want to enjoy the taste of Panda Express’s teriyaki sauce without any animal products.

If you want to learn more about the history of Panda Express and its founders, check out this article from CNN: And if you’re curious about the nutritional information for Panda Express’s teriyaki sauce, you can find it on the chain’s website here.

Delicious vegan teriyaki sauce drizzled over vegan chicken balls in a basket lined with white parchment paper. a fork and dish with dark teriyaki sauce to the side, and a bite has been taken out of one of the chicken balls.

Tips for Making the Perfect Vegan Teriyaki Sauce

Here are some tips to keep in mind when making this vegan teriyaki sauce recipe:

  • Use low-sodium soy sauce if you’re watching your sodium intake.
  • Make sure to whisk the ingredients together well to ensure that the cornstarch is fully dissolved and doesn’t clump up.
  • If you like a sweeter sauce, you can increase the amount of brown sugar.
  • If you like a thicker sauce, you can increase the amount of cornstarch.
  • You can store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

If it’s quality ingredients and a fun process you’re looking for, try sticking to either Liv’s Tofu Nuggets, or seitan chicken nuggets as mentioned above. The taste and texture is delicious, and you will be left with a sense of pride in your dish after sitting down to eat!

Ways to Use Vegan Teriyaki Sauce: Ideas and Tips

One delicious way to use this vegan teriyaki sauce is by tossing it with store-bought vegan chicken balls or nuggets. We recommend trying brands such as Gardein, Boca, or Beyond Meat for the best results. Simply heat up the chicken balls according to the package instructions, and then drizzle the teriyaki sauce on top. So this is a great way to add a burst of flavor to your meal, and it’s perfect for a quick and easy dinner. Plus, since you’re using homemade sauce, you can control the ingredients and make it as healthy as you like. Serve the chicken balls over a bed of rice and steamed vegetables, and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.

Delicious vegan teriyaki sauce drizzled over vegan chicken balls in a basket lined with white parchment paper. a fork and dish with dark teriyaki sauce to the side, and a bite has been taken out of one of the chicken balls.

Frequently Asked Questions about Vegan Teriyaki Sauce

Q: Is teriyaki sauce vegan? A: Traditional teriyaki sauce is made with soy sauce, which typically contains wheat and is not vegan. However, this vegan teriyaki sauce recipe uses a wheat-free soy sauce that is 100% plant-based.

Q: Can I use a different type of vinegar in this recipe? A: Yes! You can use any type of vinegar you like, such as apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.

Q: How can I use this vegan teriyaki sauce? A: This sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. You can use it as a marinade for tofu, tempeh, or vegetables, or you can pour it over cooked rice or noodles for a quick and easy meal. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or dumplings.

Q: How long will this vegan teriyaki sauce keep? A: You can store any leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Q: Is this vegan teriyaki sauce recipe gluten-free? A: Yes, this vegan teriyaki sauce recipe is gluten-free. The recipe calls for tamari sauce, which is a gluten-free soy sauce alternative.

Q: How long can I store this teriyaki sauce in the fridge? A: You can store this teriyaki sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Make sure to give it a good stir or shake before using, as it may separate over time.

Q: Can I use this teriyaki sauce as a marinade for meat or tofu? A: Yes, you can use this teriyaki sauce as a marinade for meat or tofu. Simply marinate the meat or tofu in the sauce for at least an hour (or overnight for more flavor), then grill, bake, or pan-fry as desired. Note that if you are using the sauce as a marinade for meat, it will no longer be vegan.

Try these for your next summer lunch and let me know how you like them! ENJOY!

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Vegan Teriyaki Sauce Recipe (Panda Express Copycat)


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  • Author: Gregs Vegan Gourmet
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings

Description

Try this vegan teriyaki sauce recipe inspired by Panda Express. Made with simple ingredients like tamari sauce, garlic, and ginger, it’s gluten-free and perfect for stir-fries and dipping sauces. Plus, it’s a healthier and cruelty-free alternative to the traditional version. Get the recipe now!


Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen store-bought vegan chicken (300g) or 1 batch seitan chicken nugget recipe
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Thai sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp corn starch + 1 tbsp water mixed together until combined

Instructions

  1. In an air fryer, add vegan chicken nuggets and set to 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Cook until golden brown and crispy.
  2. Meanwhile in a small pot, add 4 tbsp water, soya sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, sweet chilli, garlic powder and sesame seeds. Stir to combine and let simmer for 2-4 minutes.
  3. Add mixture of corn starch and 1 tbsp water. Stir and let simmer until thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. When the vegan chicken is cooked throughout, place into a bowl with the sauce from the stove and toss to coat. Serve hot and enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

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