Mirin-Soy Sauce

Sometimes called eel sauce or unagi sauce, this mirin-soy sauce is sweet, salty, and easy to make at home. Reducing just three ingredients together over low heat until they reach a syrupy consistency creates this drizzle-ready sauce that keeps for weeks.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Makes 3/4 cup


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup mirin

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. Bring soy sauce, mirin, and sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium- low. Cook, stirring occasionally to dissolve sugar, until sauce coats the back of a spoon and is reduced to about 3/4 cup, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.

Make Ahead

Sauce can be kept covered in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

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