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Top 24 Best Japanese Yakiniku Sauces to Buy Online 2020 - Tried and True!

At mybest, we gathered a group of culinary experts and taste-tested 24 yakiniku sauces to find the best ones out there. We graded them on not entirely based on their flavor, but how well they paired with different yakiniku meats: chicken, pork, and beef. We also considered their level of spice and thickness.



Since the base of the sauce is what makes the flavor of the whole dish, we’ve separated our ranking into three categories: soy sauce-based yakiniku sauces, salt-based yakiniku sauces, and miso-based yakiniku sauces.

Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 24 Japanese yakiniku sauces available online.

※Japanese prices for the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.
  • Last updated: 10-24-2019
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Table of Contents

Top 15 Soy Sauce-based Japanese Yakiniku Sauces to Buy Online

Here are our top picks for yakiniku sauces made with a savory soy sauce base.
Japanese盛田 麻布十番三幸園 焼肉のたれ
Suits porkA
Spice levelMedium
Suits beefA
Suits chickenA
Overall gradeA+
Japaneseダイショー 秘伝 焼肉のたれ
Suits porkA
Spice levelSpicy
Suits beefA
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeA
Japanese日本食研 晩餐館 焼肉のたれ 焙煎にんにく
Suits porkB
Spice levelMild
Suits beefB
Suits chickenA
Overall gradeB

4. KNK Kamikita Agricultural Processing Stamina Source Sauce in Gold

$8.56

Japanese上北農産加工農業協同組合 スタミナ源たれゴールド
Suits porkB
Spice levelMedium
Suits beefB
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeB
Japaneseエバラ食品工業 黄金の味
Suits porkB
Spice levelMedium
Suits beefB
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeB
Japaneseキッコーマン 焼肉屋さん 中辛
Suits porkB
Spice levelMedium
Suits beefB
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeB
Japanese叙々苑 焼肉のたれ 特製
Suits porkB
Spice levelMild
Suits beefB
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeB
Japanese創味食品 焼肉のたれ
Suits porkB
Spice levelMedium
Suits beefB
Suits chickenC
Overall gradeB
Japanese日本食研 焼肉のたれ 宮殿
Suits porkC
Spice levelMedium
Suits beefA
Suits chickenC
Overall gradeC
Japaneseフードレーベル 牛角 香り味わい焼肉のたれ 炭火焼風醤油
Suits porkC
Spice levelMild
Suits beefC
Suits chickenA
Overall gradeC
Japaneseキッコーマン ステーキしょうゆ にんにく風味
Suits porkC
Spice levelMild
Suits beefC
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeC
Japanese戸村フーズ戸村の焼肉のたれ
Suits porkC
Spice levelMild
Suits beefB
Suits chickenC
Overall gradeC

13. Yakiniku Toraji Yakiniku Sauce

$19.34

Japaneseフードレーベル 焼肉トラジ 焼肉のたれ
Suits porkC
Spice levelMild
Suits beefB
Suits chickenC
Overall gradeC
Japaneseキッコーマンステーキ和風おろし
Suits porkC
Spice levelMild
Suits beefB
Suits chickenD
Overall gradeC
Japaneseキッコーマンステーキたまねぎ
Suits porkC
Spice levelMild
Suits beefD
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeC

Top 5 Salt-based Japanese Yakiniku Sauces to Buy Online

Here are our top picks for yakiniku sauces made with a salt base.

1. KNK Kamikita Agricultural Processing Stamina Source Sauce, Salt-Grilled

$8.28

Japanese上北農産加工農業協同組合スタミナ源塩焼きのたれ
Suits beefA
Suits chickenA
Overall gradeA+
Suits porkA
Japaneseフードレーベル 牛角 旨塩だれ
Suits beefA
Suits chickenA
Overall gradeA
Suits porkB
Japaneseキッコーマン焼肉屋さん塩だれ
Suits beefB
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeB
Suits porkB
Japaneseジョーキュウ 醤油屋の塩だれ
Suits beefB
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeB
Suits porkB
Japanese創味食品 塩たれ
Suits beefB
Suits chickenC
Overall gradeC
Suits porkC

Top 4 Miso-based Japanese Yakiniku Sauces to Buy Online

Here are our top picks for yakiniku sauces made a miso base packed with umami.
Japanese冨貴食研 焼肉のたれ
Suits beefA
Suits chickenA
Overall gradeA+
Suits porkA
Japaneseフードショップ戸村<br>戸村焼肉のたれ みそ
Suits beefB
Suits chickenA
Overall gradeA
Suits porkA
Japaneseエバラ食品工業焼肉のたれ 味噌醤油味
Suits beefA
Suits chickenA
Overall gradeA
Suits porkB
Japaneseキッコーマン 焼肉みそだれ
Suits beefB
Suits chickenB
Overall gradeB
Suits porkB

Introducing the Experts Who Lent Us Their Knowledge

This time around, we borrowed the knowledge of three certified experts, who have earned the title of both vegetable sommelier and and seasoning sommelier. They’re all active in their field, teaching, penning columns, and making media appearances.
Megumi Yoshiya, Etsuko Makino, Yoko Tsujii〉
Vegetable Sommeliers, Seasoning Sommeliers
Introducing the Experts Who Lent Us Their Knowledge
{Left: Megumi Yoshida}
She’s a food expert that’s a certified vegetable sommelier pro and seasoning sommelier. She wears many hats, crafting and publishing family-oriented recipes, writing columns, teaching at a cultural center, running the Aomori Vegetable Marché, and making radio appearances.
{Middle: Etsuko Makino}
She uses her knowledge as a vegetable sommelier pro and seasoning sommelier to develop new recipes and products, introducing the charm and flavor of fruits and vegetables to all generations. She’s very active, making appearances on on NHK Radio’s “Saitamazu” and Television Saitama’s “Machikomi.”
{Right: Yoko Tsujii}
She’s a cooking professional that holds many certifications, including that of vegetable sommelier and seasoning sommelier. She works to share the joy that comes through food and cooking with children, who are our future. She conducts short courses for elementary schoolers and above.

How We Tested Our Products

We put the 24 yakiniku sauces to three tests, each designed to gauge a different flavor pairing. We tried each sauce with chicken, with pork, and then with beef to see how well each sauce suited the most common yakiniku meats.

Test ① Chicken

Test ① Chicken
The first meat we tried our yakiniku sauces with was chicken. We threw some poultry on our grill with some oil and dipped it in some of the sauce when it was nice and cooked. We then graded it on a scale of D to A+. It was interesting to see which sauces were too overpowering for the light flavor of chicken and which were more akin to a yakitori chicken experience.

Test ② Pork

Test ② Pork
We tested pork in a similar way, trying the grilled pieces of meat with each of the 24 sauces. We graded it on a scale of D to A+ and noticed how certain seasonings like sesame went particularly well with pork.

Test ③ Beef

Test ③ Beef
We tested beef last because of its rich flavor. Again, we graded the flavor pairings on a scale of D to A+. Our experts noted that it takes a strong flavor like garlic to mellow out the equally strong flavor of beef.

Tips on How to Choose a Yakiniku Sauce – Buying Guide

Here are two big things to look out for.

① Choose a Sauce by its Base Flavor

In this ranking, we’ve rated yakiniku sauces with soy, salt, and miso bases.

The Versatile Soy Sauce Base

The Versatile Soy Sauce Base
Out of the three types of sauces we tried, we found sauces with a soy base were able to be paired with different kinds of meat the best. Most soy sauce based yakiniku sauces often include strong and sweet ingredients like garlic, ginger, green onion, lemon, and sometimes even apples and pears.
Soy sauce-based yakiniku sauces are best at bringing out the flavor of beef as it has a rich smell and taste. This is the kind of sauce you’re most likely to find in restaurants or households.

Miso-based Sauces are Great for Innards

Miso-based Sauces are Great for Innards
If you’ve had yakiniku, then you know it’s not just the short ribs or tender belly meat that’s consumed; it’s the whole animal. That includes parts like hearts, livers, and intestines. If you find yourself facing a plate of innards, then a miso-based sauce will take it from good to delicious.
Miso-based sauces, like soy-based sauces, are often accented with potent flavors like grated garlic and chopped green onion. It can add a distinctly Japanese element to your yakiniku experience.

Got Meat and Vegetables? Pick a Salt Base

Got Meat and Vegetables? Pick a Salt Base
A typical salt-based yakiniku sauce is refreshing and flavored with garlic or lemon. It’s great with veggies as well as meat, and you can amp up the flavor by adding some sesame oil. Salt-based sauces are becoming more popular with home cooking due to their compatibility with chicken and innards.

② Pay Attention to Spice

② Pay Attention to Spice
Yakiniku sauces usually come in three levels of spice: mild/sweet, medium, or spicy. Mild sauces often contain sweet ingredients like apple and honey that children tend to enjoy. Sauces with a medium spice are often enhanced with garlic. Spicy sauces contain a red chili paste that amps up the heat.
Obviously, you’re the one that knows your flavor preferences the best. However, if you are having yakiniku with a large amount of people, we would recommend using a mild sauce. Why? Because you can season it however you want; it’s easier to add spice than to take it away. You can also make it taste more refreshing with a dash of lemon or lime juice.

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Summary

We rounded up culinary experts, purchased the 24 most popular Japanese yakiniku sauces, and tested them all.
We learned that your yakiniku experience is defined by the base of the sauce and the type of meat you’re going to eat. Soy-based sauces are fairly versatile with all types of meat, but miso and salt are delicious with pork and chicken, respectively. A good sauce should also have a bit of spice and a little thickness so it doesn’t feel like a salad dressing. Pay attention to these factors when considering your yakiniku sauce choices and have an incredible dining experience.

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