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[ter-uh-yah-kee] /ˌtɛr əˈyɑ ki/
noun, Japanese Cookery.
a dish of grilled slices of beef, chicken, or fish that have been marinated in soy sauce seasoned with sake, ginger, and sugar.
prepared in this manner:
chicken teriyaki.
1960-65; < Japanese, equivalent to teri glaze + yaki broil Unabridged
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Examples from the web for teriyaki
  • Actually, one friend had only chicken teriyaki and drinks, but the meal was still one weird dining moment.
  • Broiled eel glazed with teriyaki sauce is terrific, while shrimp and scallops are perfectly grilled.
  • The rich red-brown glaze of teriyaki dish is a perfect addition.
  • Menu selections include tempura, sushi, noodles or teriyaki.
  • Another favorite is the sesame, teriyaki-glazed top sirloin, accompanied with fresh ginger.
  • Other entrees include vegetable and/or shrimp tempura, spicy chicken ramen, teriyaki sirloin and fried tofu.
  • Sushi and sashimi choices are available, paired with tempura and teriyaki dishes.
  • Hot dishes include chicken with teriyaki sauce, barbecued eel and seared tuna with onion and garlic sauce.
  • It includes a large selection of appetizers such as bruschetta, tuna teriyaki and spicy mango salad.
  • teriyaki, barbecue and udon noodles are on the main menu.
British Dictionary definitions for teriyaki


basted with soy sauce and rice wine and broiled over an open fire
a dish prepared in this way
Word Origin
from Japanese, from teri glaze + yaki to broil
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Contemporary definitions for teriyaki
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Word Origin and History for teriyaki

1962, from Japanese, from teri "gloss, lustre" + yaki "roast."

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Encyclopedia Article for teriyaki

(Japanese: "glossy broil"), in Japanese cuisine, foods grilled with a highly flavoured glaze of soy sauce and sake or mirin (sweet wine). Garlic and fresh ginger are sometimes added to the mixture. In westernized Japanese cooking, the teriyaki sauce is frequently used as a marinade as well as a basting sauce. Beef, chicken, and fish are commonly prepared teriyaki style

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