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This Teriyaki Salmon Recipe is the easy weeknight dinner that you have been looking for. It’s full of flavor, made with only 7 ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes. Tender salmon is covered in a homemade teriyaki sauce and baked to perfection. Everyone will love this sweet and tangy dinner. 

Teriyaki Salmon on white plate

TERIYAKI SALMON RECIPE 

This Teriyaki Salmon Recipe is the easy weeknight dinner that you have been looking for.

It’s full of flavor, made with only 7 ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes. Tender salmon is covered in a homemade teriyaki sauce and baked to perfection. Everyone will love this sweet and tangy dinner. 

If you follow the Mediterranean diet, you know that seafood is a part of the weekly meal-plan.

I love making this Mediterranean Salmon, Baked Cod with Lemon, Black Sea Bass Recipe and this Air Fryer Cod

I love how easy today’s Teriyaki Salmon is, even on those busy weeknights. The bulk of your time is to create the teriyaki sauce, and that only takes 5 minutes to do! 

Teryaki Salmon Recipe with carrots

WHAT IS TERIYAKI SALMON?

Teriyaki salmon is a baked fish that is cooked with a sweet Asian inspired sauce.

The sauce is made up of common Asian ingredients and poured over the top of the flaky fish. It is then wrapped in foil and baked in the oven for 30 minutes. It makes for an easy weeknight dinner. 

Teryaki Salmon Recipe raw with marinade

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN TERIYAKI SALMON?

Most of these ingredients can be found in the baking or Asian food aisles at your grocery store. You will need: 

SOY SAUCE: This makes up the base of the sauce for this recipe. You can use the low-sodium version if you’d like or coconut aminos, like I did. Coconut aminos are great for flavoring Asian or Mediterranean dishes without including soy. 

BROWN SUGAR: This is what gives the salmon a sweet flavor and helps make an almost caramelized sauce after.

Light or dark brown sugar will work here. You can also attempt to make your own brown sugar with regular white sugar and molasses if you don’t have any on hand. 

VINEGAR: Regular white vinegar is what you need for this salmon dish. You can also use apple cider vinegar.

CORNSTARCH: The cornstarch helps to turn the sauce into a thick and almost caramel- like texture. You only need 2 teaspoons to help create a decadent sauce that you can drizzle over the cooked fish. 

GARLIC POWDER: A little garlic powder helps bring out the best flavor in the salmon. 

GINGER: You can use fresh or ground ginger in this recipe. You can find fresh ginger in the produce section and ground in the baking aisle with the spices. 

SESAME SEEDS: The seeds along with the toasted sesame oil help create an Asian inspired taste in the sauce. These can be found in the baking aisle with the spices. 

SESAME OIL: The oil, along with the vinegar, are what contribute to the slight tanginess of the fish. 

 OLIVE OIL: Regular olive oil can be used here or you can use whatever oil you have on hand. I will often use a good extra virgin olive oil if I have that available. 

Teryaki Salmon Recipe with marinade

HOW DO YOU BAKE SALMON IN THE OVEN?

Once you have all your ingredients gathered you will also need to grab the following to help with your recipe:

  • Cookie sheet or sheet pan 
  • Foil
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Fork for mixing 
  • Pastry brush

STEP 1: MAKE THE SAUCE

Combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic powder, ginger, sesame seeds, toasted sesame oil and olive oil together.

Add the cornstarch last and make sure to mix until there are no more clumps. You can use the back of the fork to press clumps against the measuring cup and break them up. 

Teryaki Salmon Recipe in bowl

STEP 2: PREPARE THE SALMON

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place your salmon on a foil lined baking sheet.

Pour the sauce over the top of the salmon making sure to cover all the fish. Sauce will pool around the fish, but it will be sealed in the foil and bake along with it.

Wrap the foil around the salmon creating a packet. 

STEP 3: BAKE THE SALMON

Place the salmon in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, covered. Once done, remove from the olive and open the foil. Spoon on any extra sauce over the top of the fish. 

STEP 4: SERVE THE SALMON WARM

Top the cooked salmon with sesame seeds and sliced chives. Serve with rice, noodles or your favorite side dish.

Teryaki Salmon Recipe with fork

HOW DO YOU STORE LEFTOVER SALMON?

If you have leftovers, place them in an airtight container such as a tupperware and put them in the refrigerator. They will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge, if stored properly. 

HOW DO YOU REHEAT SALMON?

When you are ready to reheat the salmon you will want to do so low and slow to make sure it doesn’t dry out. It is best to reheat it slowly, at a low temperature.

Put the fish on a rimmed baking sheet and warm it a 275°F oven for about 15 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 125°F to 130°F. 

Teryaki Salmon Recipe with rice

CAN I FREEZE SALMON?

Yes! You can freeze this teriyaki salmon. Follow all the instructions for cooking and allow to cool completely. Wrap the salmon in parchment or wax paper and place in a ziplock bag. Put in the freezer for storage.

The salmon will keep for up to 3 month. To re-heat the salmon remove the salmon place in the fridge to thaw. Warm in a hot oven or in the microwave. 

Teryaki Salmon Recipe with carrots

Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Teriyaki Salmon is the easy weeknight dinner that you have been looking for. It’s full of flavor, made with only 7 ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes. Tender salmon is covered in a homemade teriyaki sauce and baked to perfection. Everyone will love this sweet and tangy dinner. 

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds plus some for topping
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil {since this goes in the sauce that is baked you want to stick with regular sesame oil- if you have toasted sesame oil on hand you can drizzle a tiny bit of that on the finished salmon if you like that toasted taste}
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 to 2 pounds of salmon
  • Chives or cilantro for topping

Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    Mix all the ingredients of the sauce together in a small bowl, minus the cornstarch. Add in the cornstarch last and mix together making sure there are no lumps and stirring well.
    Place the salmon on a foil lined baking sheet.
    Pour the sauce over the salmon making sure to cover all the fish.
    Wrap the foil over the salmon and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until the salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
    Remove the salmon from the oven and open the foil. Top the salmon with additional sesame seeds and chives or cilantro.
    Serve and enjoy!

Notes

How to store leftovers
If you have leftovers, place them in an airtight container such as a tupperware and put them in the refrigerator. They will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge, if stored properly.

Can I freeze it?
Yes! You can freeze this teriyaki salmon. Follow all the instructions for cooking and allow to cool completely. Wrap the salmon in parchment or wax paper and place in a ziplock bag. Put in the freezer for storage. The salmon will keep for up to 3 month. To re-heat remove the salmon place in the fridge to thaw. Warm in a hot oven or in the microwave.

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Christine M Jenkins

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

I am curious about toasted sesame oil. I went to my grocery store site and searched and they have several. Some are unrefined. Some are organic, Not sure if unrefined is different. Can you tell me?

Julia

Tuesday 17th of November 2020

Hi! I did some research and here is what I found: Regular, untoasted sesame oil is made from raw, pressed sesame seeds, and toasted sesame oil is made from toasted sesame seeds. I am actually going to change this recipe and note to use sesame oil in the marinade since you will be baking the salmon with the sauce. Since Toasted Sesame Oil is already heated to toast it you don't want to reheat it again. If you do have toasted sesame oil you can use that as a finishing drizzle if that makes sense. As far as refined/organic I am not sure that it matters and is probably a preference.

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