You will love this easy Teriyaki Salmon Recipe! Requiring no marinating time, this recipe still yields so much flavor and a flaky and tender filet. The teriyaki glaze is the perfect balance of sweet and savory and compliments the salmon filets making a recipe everyone will love.
This glazed teriyaki salmon recipe uses the BEST Homemade Teriyaki Sauce to coat the salmon before it is baked to perfection. It is so quick to make and the sauce can be prepped ahead of time for an even easier dinner. The bold flavors of the dish will pair perfectly with your favorite vegetable sides for a healthy and filling meal.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe:
- You don’t have to marinate it ahead of time, which makes a great last-minute dinner!
- You likely have all the ingredients for the simple teriyaki marinade on hand.
- It’s a favorite with both kids and adults making it a family-friendly meal!
- This salmon teriyaki recipe is perfect for holidays and special occasions!
- Salmon is a great source of protein, omega-3s, and B vitamins!
The ingredients for this baked teriyaki salmon are simple. YES, Only two ingredients are needed!
- Salmon- the type of salmon determines cooking time. Wild-caught salmon filet cooks quicker since it’s thinner and less fatty. Farm-raised salmon fillets cook slower.
- Teriyaki sauce- make one portion of our Teriyaki Sauce to coat the salmon in.
How to Make Teriyaki Salmon:
Follow these simple steps for a delicious meal that comes together in no time!
- Preheat oven: Start by preheating your oven to 400°F.
- Prep salmon: Cut your salmon into 4-5 fillets.
- Make sauce: Prepare your Teriyaki Sauce by combining low-sodium soy sauce, water, fresh garlic and ginger, cornstarch, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Pour the mixture into a small saucepan, whisk, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and cool the sauce.
- Coat salmon: Cover the salmon in the teriyaki sauce and transfer to a baking dish.
- Bake: Bake the salmon for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillet.
- Garnish: Top with green onions and sesame seeds if desired and serve!
- Serve and enjoy, friends.
Substitutions and Variations-
Though this recipe is perfect as is, here are some changes you can make.
- Store-bought sauce: You can use 1.5 cups of store-bought teriyaki sauce to save time. We recommend the Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce.
- Adjust sauce: If you like a sweeter sauce, add more sugar or even a drizzle of honey. If you prefer more spice, add more red pepper flakes or hot sauce.
- Cooking method: This recipe can also be pan-fried or grilled during a family barbeque.
- Add mirin: You can add mirin or sake to the teriyaki sauce for traditional flavoring if desired. However, the sauce tastes great without them as well.
We love serving this recipe for teriyaki salmon with other Asian-inspired foods for a complete meal.
- Low carb: Serve with a classic side of brown rice or with cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
- Make a bowl: Chop the salmon into small cubes and bake (baking time will be shorter since the salmon is in smaller pieces). Serve over a bed of Rice or quinoa and your favorite veggies. Top with extra teriyaki sauce, green onion, and sesame seeds.
- Pasta: Serve with some buttery noodles like spaghetti or egg noodles on the side.
- Side Salad: Try with this Spicy Kani Salad or with a Carrot Salad for a crunchy side.
frequently asked questions?
The internal temperature of the thickest part of your salmon should reach 145°F with a food thermometer.
You can use frozen salmon, even without thawing. You may just need to add several minutes of cooking time if cooking frozen salmon, you’ll need to add 3-5 minutes of baking time for the salmon to bake trough.
Fresh garlic and ginger bring the best flavor to the sauce, but you can use dried garlic and ginger in a pinch. Keep this ratio in mind when substituting: 1/4 tsp garlic powder = 1 tsp fresh garlic.
Make Ahead –
This is a great recipe if you meal plan and want to make it in advance.
- Prep the teriyaki sauce and keep it in a mason jar in the fridge for up to two weeks!
- When ready to cook, use according to recipe instructions.
Cooking Methods –
This recipe can be cooked using your favorite method.
- Air Fryer: Air fry the salmon at 400°F for about 8-10 minutes or until cooked through.
- Grilled: Grill the salmon at medium heat, and spray generously to ensure the salmon does not stick. Grill the salmon on both sides, 5-6 minutes per side, until cooked through.
- Stovetop: Cook the salmon over medium heat on both sides. It will take about 3-4 minutes per side, so watch the fish carefully.
- Finish: Once cooked through, brush the salmon with the warm teriyaki glaze and enjoy!
Store & Reheat –
- FRIDGE: Refrigerate any leftover teriyaki salmon in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
- FREEZE: Place cooled salmon with sauce into a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 2 months.
- REHEAT: Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through.
Easy Baked Teriyaki Salmon
- 1 portion of teriyaki sauce
- 2 pounds salmon
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Prepare 1 portion of our teriyaki sauce using THIS recipe.
- Cut the salmon in 4-5 pieces.
- Coat the salmon in the sauce.
- Transfer to a 9"x13" baking dish.
- Bake 12-15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.