Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce Review

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Primal Kitchen No Soy Teriyaki Sauce earns an overall grade of A in our review for top-tier ingredient quality and taste, though we found some room for improvement in the texture department.

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Our Rating:

A

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Our Rating Methodology

We determined this rating by evaluating the following factors:

  • Ingredients & Nutrition: A+
  • User Experience: A
  • Brand Experience: A
  • Value: B+
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Welcome to our Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce review!

Like most of their sauces and dressings, Primal Kitchen’s soy-free take on teriyaki sauce seeks to mirror classic teriyaki while retaining a clean and keto-friendly ingredient list.

Our team of reviewers found the taste to indeed land very close to the mark, though we have a note or two about texture and thickness (more below).

Overall, we found Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce a fitting alternative to conventional teriyaki for its bold flavor and much friendlier ingredient list, awarding the product an overall grade of A.

If you’re willing to pay the premium for a soy-free, keto-friendly teriyaki sauce that doesn’t sacrifice on taste, then Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce might be for you—here’s how they earned an A.

No Soy Teriyaki Sauce & Marinade
  • Description

    This soy-free teriyaki sauce uses coconut aminos, organic juice concentrates, and other natural ingredients to revamp the classic for the keto crowd without compromising on taste.

  • Ingredients

    Water, Organic Coconut Aminos (Organic Coconut Syrup, Himalayan Salt), Organic Balsamic Vinegar (Organic Wine Vinegar, Organic Concentrated Grape Must), Organic Dates, Organic Orange Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Ginger, Organic Garlic, Organic Tamarind, Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Organic Sesame Oil, Organic Yeast Extract.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
  • Excellent flavor
  • Clean, keto-friendly ingredient list
  • Additional certs (Paleo, USDA Organic, Whole30, and more)
  • Cons
  • Premium price
  • Relatively thin sauce

Ingredients & Nutrition

Summary:

Grade: A+

A largely organic ingredient list substitutes artificial sugars, gluten, and soy with natural, keto-friendly alternatives.

Here is the ingredient list for Primal Kitchen No Soy Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade:

Water, Organic Coconut Aminos (Organic Coconut Syrup, Himalayan Salt), Organic Balsamic Vinegar (Organic Wine Vinegar, Organic Concentrated Grape Must), Organic Dates, Organic Orange Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Ginger, Organic Garlic, Organic Tamarind, Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Organic Sesame Oil, Organic Yeast Extract.

Coconut aminos are popularly used as a soy substitute, and though there hasn’t been in-depth research comparing the nutritional benefits of coconut aminos to soy, it’s at least well-established that coconut aminos have much less sodium (and soy itself has some issues). 

Less foggy are the well-established health benefits of organic ginger, garlic, and balsamic vinegar, which collectively promote a litany of health benefits like anti-nausea effects, blood sugar management, immune support, and (way) more.

There are two grams of added sugar per serving in Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce, but alongside low-to-medium glycemic index fruits like dates and tamarind, organic tapioca starch is the only significant source of added sugar.

Considering the breadth of organic ingredients alongside the lack of refined sugar or additives, we’ve no room to make deductions on the grounds of unsavory—pun intended—ingredients, fillers, etc

Hence, Primal Kitchen earns an A+ for ingredient and nutritional quality in our Primal Kitchen teriyaki review.

User Experience

Summary:

Grade: A

Save for a note on texture, our experience ordering and using Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce (including packaging condition, customer service experience, etc.) was without a hitch.

Our Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce arrived in clear glass bottles with white, threaded lids. 

There was no damage upon receipt, and the label provides a blurb about the company and founder Mark Sisson, cooking tips and a link for recipes, certification seals, and all the legally required stuff (nutrition facts, ingredients, etc.).

Hardcore Asian cuisinologists might gripe about the flavor being slightly different than homemade sauce, but to our Americanized palettes, it was very much the same bold, sweet, umami flavor that we’ve experienced many times before.

Primal Kitchen Teriyaki did everything we wanted it to as a marinade, tenderizing the meat and infusing it with rich flavor, but we found an issue when using it as a sauce.

While we understand that teriyaki is not meant to be anywhere near as viscous as many staple condiments or sauces (ranch, ketchup/mustard, etc.), there still needs to be at least somewhat of a “cling factor” if the product is to be poured directly onto food so that it doesn’t just sink onto the plate and pool there.

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It’s less of a problem with densely clumped rice or veggies, but we noticed the teriyaki sauce sliding off of protein pretty easily with little left to cling onto the meat.

Overall, the taste was impressive considering the ingredient list, the sauce made for an excellent marinade, and we had no issues receiving or using our products, so Primal Kitchen earns an A in this Primal Kitchen teriyaki review for the user experience they provided us.

Brand Experience

Summary:

Grade: A

Primal Kitchen maintains a pro-consumer approach to customer service, shipping and return policies, and other opportunities to interact with their customers.

Since this category goes beyond the reviewed product to assess each brand’s customer service quality, shipping and return policies, and more customer-facing elements, we are going to draw from our Primal Kitchen brand review to narrow down a score.

First, Primal offers phone, email, and live messenger support, which is our default for a full score as far as sheer availability of services goes.

Every response we received from support—asking questions about allergen safety—was quick and thorough.

Primal Kitchen offers free shipping when you spend $50 or more ($25 for subscribers), but they do get a knock for not covering return shipping or lost, stolen, or damaged packages.

All of our interactions with the people and the products have been mostly positive thus far, and their policies reflect a pro-consumer approach to business, with a bit of room for improvement.

All considered, Primal Kitchen earns an A in this Primal Kitchen teriyaki review for brand experience, which did not differ in this case from our brand review.

Value

Summary:

Grade: B+

Primal Kitchen products are expensive—even compared to other premium brands—but for keto adherents especially, the perceived value may be much higher.

Primal Kitchen charges $7.99 for their 8.5oz bottle of No Soy Teriyaki Organic Sauce and Marinade, which reduces to $0.94/oz.

We’re generally leery of making linear product comparisons across brands—mainly because there are too many variables for a fair comparison—but to at least provide some loose context, most high-end brands charge between $0.70 and $1.00 an ounce for soy-free teriyaki sauce.

By virtue of price alone, this would place Primal Kitchen in C territory at best, but an inspection of competitors like Ocean’s Halo Sauce, Big Tree Farms, and Thrive Market showed they often lacked one or both of these key differentiators: a 100% natural ingredient list and keto certification.

We also noticed that Primal Kitchen usually had around 40% or less sodium per tablespoon serving than many of these competitors.

There’s no question that you’re paying a premium for Primal Kitchen No Soy Teriyaki Sauce, even as compared to many high-end brands, but the bump in quality is just as clear.

Weighing the price with this quality bump, we arrived at a B+ for value in this Primal Kitchen teriyaki review.

If you’re not interested in keto and you’re not demanding a top-tier ingredient list, this may not be your choice, but people in either of those camps have a compelling reason to go for Primal Kitchen No Soy Teriyaki Sauce.

FAQs About Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce

Is Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce good?

We can’t predict or guarantee whether or not any given customer will enjoy the taste of Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce, but we can say that the taste very closely mirrors most teriyaki sauces.

Is Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Whole30?

Yes, Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce is Whole30 Approved.

Is Primal Kitchen No Soy Teriyaki Sauce vegan?

Primal Kitchen No Soy Teriyaki Sauce does not bear the vegan certification seal, and Primal Kitchen does not make any mention of vegan certification on the product page.

Is there soy in teriyaki sauce?

Most teriyaki sauce contains soy, but Primal Kitchen Teriyaki Sauce does not.

Our Verdict

Like most of the other Primal products we’ve reviewed, Primal Kitchen No Soy Teriyaki Sauce creates and follows industry-leading standards in clean, keto-friendly ingredients.

This product addresses a specific need shared by a health-focused community without exploiting their relative lack of options, while also offering plenty of value for a larger audience looking to boycott high fructose corn syrup and other unhealthy additives.

Our review team enjoyed the flavor, especially when used as a marinade, though we were slightly miffed by how it slid off almost completely and pooled on the plate when trying to apply directly to food.

The price is a steep departure from standard grocery store alternatives, which may weed out more casual dieters and those on a lower grocery budget (but not the keto crowd). 

Overall, we found Primal Kitchen No Soy Teriyaki to be a tasty alternative that doesn’t feel like an alternative, earning an overall grade of A from our team

No Soy Teriyaki Sauce & Marinade
  • Description

    This soy-free teriyaki sauce uses coconut aminos, organic juice concentrates, and other natural ingredients to revamp the classic for the keto crowd without compromising on taste.

  • Ingredients

    Water, Organic Coconut Aminos (Organic Coconut Syrup, Himalayan Salt), Organic Balsamic Vinegar (Organic Wine Vinegar, Organic Concentrated Grape Must), Organic Dates, Organic Orange Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Ginger, Organic Garlic, Organic Tamarind, Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Organic Sesame Oil, Organic Yeast Extract.

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