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Teriyaki Salmon

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Olena Osipov
4.9 from 9 votes

This Teriyaki Salmon is made with healthy homemade teriyaki sauce and doesn’t require long marinating. Easy salmon recipe that can be pan fried or baked, is super flavorful and ready in 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Teriyaki Chicken and Cauliflower are other favorites around here!

teriyaki salmon

I would say this teriyaki salmon is my easiest salmon recipe ever. After years of perfecting salmon recipes, I feel like I finally understand how to cook this delicate fish so it stays moist even when not baked in foil. All 3 of my boys (big and small) gobbled it up, they love salmon and are huge critics of salmon.

So far, this honey garlic salmon recipe and Thai broiled salmon are on their approved list. Now, this teriyaki salmon recipe as well.

I often get questions from you, dear readers, how to make salmon tasty. Now that Pacific is our backyard, there is no shortage of wild salmon. And this baked teriyaki salmon is the most cooked salmon recipe during past 6 months. The key is delicious healthy sauce, quick cooking and knowing your salmon.

Ingredients for Teriyaki Salmon

  • Salmon: You can use either farmed salmon or wild salmon species like sockeye (pictured), coho, king, spring and even chum. Main difference is cooking time which is indicated in the recipe below.
  • Sweetener: I prefer to use brown sugar for darker color and true teriyaki glazed salmon experience. However, I have made this recipe with natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup many times. Although the latter two will produce lighter colour.
  • Soy sauce: I use Bragg’s liquid aminos as non-GMO soy sauce alternative. It is also suitable for gluten free teriyaki marinade. Its sodium content is the same as regular soy sauce, not light soy sauce. Feel free to use regular soy sauce. I love how not overly sweet and salty this homemade teriyaki sauce comes out because of all these clean ingredients!
  • Rice vinegar is traditionally used in Asian cuisine. If you do not have one on hand, white vinegar will work.
  • Oil: To help even baking and moisture with wild salmon.
  • Garlic and ginger: Fresh is best. I once tried making this recipe with dried ginger and it wasn’t nearly the same. Garlic powder could work though.
teriyaki salmon recipe garnished with sesame and scallions

How to Make Teriyaki Salmon

  • Prep: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Make teriyaki marinade: Whisk brown sugar, soy sauce, oil, vinegar, garlic and ginger in a small bowl. Make sure sugar dissolves completely. Divide marinade into 2 bowls – 2/3 and 1/3 of it.
  • Prep salmon: Place salmon skin side down on prepared baking sheet and brush with 1/3rd of marinade.
  • Bake salmon in preheated oven: Wild salmon – 15 minutes, farmed salmon – 20 minutes. It also depends on the type of salmon you use and thickness of slices. So until flakey with a fork. Don’t overcook!
  • Thicken remaining teriyaki sauce: While salmon is cooking, add 2/3 marinade to a small pot with and cook for a few minutes, until thickened and bubbly. You can always add 1 tbsp extra brown sugar in case you “lost” some undissolved sugar for brushing uncooked salmon. Brush on top of baked salmon.

How Long to Bake Salmon?

Farmed salmon is more fatty and is harder to overbake. Where as wild salmon can come out dry and is easy to overbake. So use same cooking time for both just be right on clock with wild salmon.

Salmon is ready when it easily flaked with a fork. For wild salmon and thin slices – I would check after 15 minutes. This is how long my wild sockeye salmon took. Before I made the mistake of cooking it for 20 minutes and it was dry. Farmed salmon – should be baked for 20 minutes.

You can keep skin on, especially on wild salmon, to help it retain more moisture. If you are not a fan of salmon skin, you can always remove it easily after baking.

FAQs

Can I marinate teriyaki salmon overnight?

Yes. Add 1/3 marinade in a wide plate with sides, place salmon pieces flesh side down and refrigerate covered overnight. Then follow the recipe.

Is teriyaki salmon healthy?

When choosing salmon, main difference is farmed vs. wild. Farmed salmon is called Atlantic salmon and is more fatty and high in Omega-6s. And wild salmon is sockeye (pictured), coho or spring salmon that is more lean and contains more Omega-3s.

Also, traditional store bought teriyaki sauce contains a lot of brown sugar, corn syrup, sodium, additives and preservatives. Using cleaner homemade teriyaki sauce makes this teriyaki salmon recipe healthy.

How to grill teriyaki salmon?

Preheat grill to high heat of 450-500 degrees F. Place salmon on the grill skin side up, close the lid and grill for about 4-5 minutes. Brush with reduced on the stove teriyaki sauce.

How to broil teriyaki salmon?

Preheat broiler on High and position top oven rack 5″ – 6″ below it. Broil for 8 minutes, rotating baking sheet once. Remove from the oven, brush each fillet with cooked teriyaki sauce, and broil for another 2-3 minutes or until salmon has caramelized.

How to make teriyaki salmon in a pan?

Preheat ceramic non-stick skillet, add a bit of oil and cook salmon for about 5 minutes per side. This way salmon may come out more crispy. Then make sauce as per recipe and brush it on.

How to cook teriyaki salmon in air fryer?

You can use this baked teriyaki salmon ingredients, cook in air fryer using Dina’s directions in air fryer salmon recipe, and then brush on the teriyaki sauce. So easy!

What to serve teriyaki salmon with?

I like to serve salmon with brown rice or quinoa as a healthy side. And to make dinner really quick, I just parboil broccoli or make roasted asparagus.

Tips for Storing and Reheating Baked Teriyaki Salmon

Store: Refrigerate salmon in an airtight container for up to 5 days. That’s why it’s so great for meal prep!

Reheat: Preheat non-stick skillet and add a splash of water. Then place salmon skin side down, cover and simmer on low heat until warmed through. This way fish will steam and not over dry if you were to bake it again. Also microwave works wonders.

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teriyaki salmon flaked with a fork on rice
Teriyaki Salmon

Teriyaki Salmon

This Teriyaki Salmon is made with healthy homemade teriyaki sauce and doesn’t require long marinating. Easy salmon recipe that can be pan fried or baked, is super flavorful and ready in 30 minutes.
4.89 from 9 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs salmon, cut into 6 pieces skin on or off
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar, maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce I used Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • Green onion and sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk brown sugar, soy sauce, oil, vinegar, garlic and ginger. Make sure sugar dissolves completely. Divide marinade into 2 bowls – 2/3 and 1/3 of it.
    Teriyaki Salmon
  • Place salmon skin side down on prepared baking sheet and brush with 1/3rd of marinade.
    Teriyaki Salmon
  • Bake for 15 minutes for wild salmon or thin farmed salmon slices, and for 20 minutes for farmed salmon and thicker/wider slices. Check with a fork after 15 minutes – if salmon flakes easily, it is done. Do not overcook!
  • While salmon is cooking, add 2/3 marinade to a small pot with and cook for a few minutes, until thickened and bubbly. You can always add 1 tbsp extra brown sugar in case you “lost” some undissolved sugar for brushing uncooked salmon.
  • Remove salmon from the oven, brush with teriyaki glaze, sprinkle with green onion and sesame seeds.
    Teriyaki Salmon
  • I like to serve salmon with brown rice or quinoa as a healthy side. And to make dinner really quick, I just parboil broccoli or make roasted asparagus.
    Teriyaki Salmon

Store: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

    Reheat: Preheat non-stick skillet and add a splash of water. Then place salmon skin side down, cover and simmer on low heat until warmed through. This way fish will steam and not over dry if you were to bake it again. Also microwave works wonders.

      Notes

      • Can cook in skillet: You can pan sear salmon in a hot ceramic non-stick skillet for about 5 minutes per side. This way salmon may come out more crispy. I often prefer oven baked salmon because it is more hands off method.
      • Don’t over cook: Farmed salmon is more fatty and is harder to overbake. Where as wild salmon can come out dry and is easy to overbake.
      • When is salmon ready? Salmon is ready when it easily flakes with a fork. For thin slices – I would check after 15 minutes. This is how long my salmon took. Thicker or wider slices should be baked for 20 minutes.
      • Skin: You can keep skin on, especially on wild salmon, to help it retain more moisture. If you are not a fan of salmon skin, you can always remove it easily after baking.
      Recipe updated March 2021. See recipe post for more cooking methods, Tips and FAQs.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 844mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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      Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

      My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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      1. 4 stars
        We love every One of Olena’s recipes. This was no different. My 8yr old and 10yr old (generally adverse to sauces), devoured this meal. We paired it with Olena’s Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad. Yumm.

      2. 5 stars
        Olena I loved the salmon recipe. I cook it on my grill in a cast iron frying pan. Comes out DELICIOUS. Even in winter I grill outdoors as long as the wind is not blowing away. You have great recipes. Love them all.

      3. 5 stars
        My family loved this Teriyaki Salmon!!
        I will definitely make this recipe again. Thank You so much!!
        Nancy

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