Salmon Teriyaki Recipe

Easy salmon teriyaki recipe should not be missed in your collection of simple family recipes. This salmon is tender, succulent, and absolutely addictive. So easy to make too.

a close view at baked salmon teriyaki

Why should you make this salmon teriyaki recipe:

  • Easy and quick recipe. Who doesn’t like an easy dinner that doesn’t require a long time in the kitchen? This easy Japanese recipe is your perfect go-to dinner. It is super easy to make and is guaranteed to be liked by everyone.
  • Kid-friendly. If your kids love sushi (and what child doesn’t) this recipe will be a winner. Served on a bed of sushi rice with some avocado on a side and some furikake seasoning on top. We are entering kids-meal heaven 😉

This simple salmon recipe is done in 40 minutes and I really hope you will give it a go and your whole family enjoys it. If you do, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Ingredients for salmon teriyaki recipe

As you will see, only a few basic ingredients are needed to make this salmon teriyaki recipe. The main ingredient of course is fresh salmon. I use salmon with the skin on, but this is entirely up to you.

three fresh salmon fillets

There are two types of salmon on the market, wild salmon and farmed salmon. The wild variety is without a doubt a better choice, BUT not everyone can find or afford wild-caught salmon and this is perfectly fine. I always say any salmon is better than no salmon.

If you can find Australian Atlantic salmon or New Zealand King salmon, you are good to go.

Ingredients for homemade teriyaki marinade:

Yes, we are going to make the teriyaki marinade from scratch. Don’t worry it is much easier than you might think. 5 minutes and a couple of simple ingredients you hopefully already have in your fridge and pantry are all that is needed.

  • Soy sauce. I use tamari because it is gluten-free.
  • Organic raw sugar, or use raw honey.
  • Rice vinegar. White vinegar is fine too.
  • Extra virgin olive oil.
  • Fresh garlic. No, garlic powder doesn’t work.
  • Optional: add some red pepper flakes to give the marinade some heat.

Find the full list of ingredients in the recipe card below.

How to make teriyaki marinade for salmon

I love making this sauce from scratch. It is so much healthier than the store-bought teriyaki sauce, tastes great, and is super easy to make too.

  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, along with a quarter of a cup of water, and bring to a boil.
  • Let the sauce simmer on very low heat for a couple of minutes. Take off the heat and let it cool a little. Tasty homemade teriyaki sauce is ready.

If you have too much teriyaki sauce you can refrigerate it in a glass jar for 3-4 days. Why not make teriyaki chicken tomorrow night?

How to make teriyaki salmon

This dinner recipe comes together in no time. Once the marinade is ready and cooled down, there are only a few basic steps for you to take.

  • Place salmon filets in a large bowl and add the teriyaki marinade. Let the salmon marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer salmon filets to a baking sheet or large baking dish lined with some parchment paper. Reserve the remaining marinade.

How long to bake salmon at 360’F (180’C)

Baking time will depend on the type of salmon you use. Always put the salmon into a preheated oven.

  • If you are using wild-caught salmon, such as sockeye salmon, bake it for 12-15 minutes at 360’F (180’C)
  • Atlantic and King salmon will take about 18 to 20 minutes at 360’F (180’C) to bake.

To glaze the salmon, take it out of the oven once the baking time is over and brush the reserved marinade over the salmon fillets.

Turn on the broiler and let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Watch it closely, it will caramelize quite quickly.

baked teriyaki salmon served for dinner

How do I know that the salmon is cooked?

Take the salmon out of the oven and gently press on one of the thickest part of the fillet with a fork or your finger. Does the salmon flake easily? The fish is done, if not, give it another couple of minutes.

If you prefer to use an instant thermometer instead, salmon is cooked through when the internal temperature reaches 120′-125’F (50-55’C).

The full recipe is in the recipe card below.

teriyaki glazed salmon in a frying pan

What to serve with teriyaki salmon?

This simple baked teriyaki salmon recipe is a great meal for a busy night of the week. It is versatile and easy to serve with so many side dishes. Here are a couple of ideas:

  • We love making a salmon teriyaki bowl. Serve the salmon on some sushi rice, topped with creamy avocado slices, diced cucumber, and finely grated carrots. Add some furikake on top and enjoy the most delicious and nourishing meal.
  • For an even healthier option swap sushi rice for brown rice or cauliflower rice for a carb-free option.
  • You can also serve teriyaki salmon with some fresh broccoli florets, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds.

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How to store baked teriyaki salmon

If you happen to have some leftovers, simply put baked teriyaki salmon in an airtight container and refrigerate for 2-3 days. Teriyaki salmon is delicious cold and makes a great addition to a lunch bowl the next day.

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baked teriyaki salmon filets in a white frying pan

Salmon Teriyaki Recipe

Elena Elliott
The salmon teriyaki recipe is a great meal for a busy weeknight. The teriyaki marinated salmon is flaky and succulent and is equaly loved by kids and grown ups.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinate 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 4 people


  • 4 fresh salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce I use Tamari, because it is gluten-free
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons organic raw sugar or substitute with raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • spring onions to serve (optional) finely sliced


  • In a small suacepan combine all teriyaki marinade ingredients-soy sauce, water, sugar, vinegar, olive oil and minced garlic.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and lower the heat down to minimum. Let the sauce simmer for a couple of minutes. Take the saucepan of the heat and set aside to cool a little.
  • Prepare a large baking dish or baking tray by lining it with some parchmnet paper.
  • Place salmon fillets in a large bowl and add the teriyaki marinade. Mix everything toegther, so that salmon is coated with the marinade. Let it marinate for 10 minutes
  • Place the salmon filets on the prepared baking tray and bake at 360'F (180'C) for:
    20 minutes, if using farmed salmon
    12-14 minutes if using wild salmon.
    Reserve the remaining marinade.
  • Optional step: Take the salmon out of the oven and brush the filets with the remaining marinade. Turn on the broiler and cook for additional 2-3 minutes to let the salmon brown at the top. Watch it closely, it might burn very quickly
  • Serve with finely sliced spring onions. Enjoy!
Keyword teriyaki salmon
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  1. 5 stars
    Dieses Lachrezept habe ich ausprobiert , aber mit fertigen Teriyakisoße gekocht. trotz dem war das Gericht sehr lecker. Als Beilage habe ich Reis und Gurkensalatsalat nach deinem Rezept .

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! My kids would love this teriyaki, and you make it seem so simple to make! Can’t wait to try this out thank you!!

5 from 6 votes

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