Clean Teriyaki Sauce

Last night I posted a salad recipe that included by slow cooker pork tenderloin. I’m kind of obsessed with my crock-pot, if you couldn’t tell from previous posts about it! I love that I can just throw everything in, and BOOM! In 4-8 hours something delicious is done without any maintenance.

Self-proclaimed as a clean-ish eater, I try to eat lean, clean, and green as much as possible. Getting my pre-baby toned body back was no easy feat, and a healthy diet is key to maintaining the figure that makes me confident and happy inside & out. Your diet actually plays a 70:30% ratio with exersize when it comes to weight loss or trying to reduce that dreaded cellulite that hangs around!

If you’re a busy mom or working professional with no time to make the sauce from scratch, there are a lot of teriyaki sauces that don’t have too many terrible things in them. You may even have one in your fridge already! If that’s the case, you literally just need to throw in your pork tenderloin with the whole bottle, and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until pork tenderloin is safely cooked all the way through (cooking time depends on size/weight of meat). Depending on the ingredients in your pre-canned sauce, I love adding chopped pineapple and extra garlic!

But! If you want to make your own sauce from scratch, I adapted‘s recipe and – their original recipe has 1.5K re-pins to prove it!! I love adding extra garlic, sesame seeds, and pineapple to anything teriyaki I make 🙂

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cups organic soy sauce or tamari. (I actually prefer the Bragg’s Soy Sauce alternative!)
  • 1/4 cup + 1 T mirin (Japanese cooking wine)
  • 1 1/2 T organic, pure maple syrup (I love Trader Joe’s or Ralph’s organic brands)
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp minced or crushed garlic
  • 1/2 T arrowroot (used as a thickening agent)
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup organic, finely minced pineapple


  • Pork Tenderloin


  1. Mix all sauce ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add pork tenderloin to crock pot
  3. Top pork tenderloin with sauce
  4. Cover and cook on low for about 6-8 hours. Time depends on size of your meat, so please use safe meat handling/cooking practices to determine when yours is safe to eat.

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