Easy Teriyaki Salmon pan-fried to perfection and served with a homemade teriyaki sauce! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tangy! Serve with rice and veggies to make it a healthy meal!

Love Easy Salmon Recipes? Then try my Honey Garlic Salmon or my Sriracha Honey Salmon!

20 Minute Teriyaki Salmon in skillet

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    Easy Teriyaki Salmon

    I’ve been eating tons of salmon lately. It is hands down my favorite fish to eat. It’s mild and super easy to prepare. Tender flakey salmon topped with a sweet and tangy teriyaki sauce! What’s not to love?! This salmon is a spin off of my Baked Salmon in Foil.

    This teriyaki glazed salmon is the perfect dinner when you are short on time but want something amazing. The sauce can even be made a day or two ahead or time and kept in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook.The salmon get’s marinated in a simple homemade teriyaki sauce then pan fried. The sauce compliments the salmon perfectly and is sweet, tangy and thick. Half of the sauce get’s reserved for marinating and the other half for glazing the salmon during cooking.

    I love making my own teriyaki sauce at home. I used the same homemade teriyaki sauce as my Easy Teriyaki Beef Meatballs and my Teriyaki Baked Salmon. This sauce is really easy to prepare and is amazing on chicken as well.

    How to make Teriyaki Sauce

    Making your own Homemade Teriyaki Sauce is super easy! It’s also a great way to control the sweetness and saltiness of the sauce. To make your own teriyaki salmon marinade at home you’ll need:

    • Soy sauce: I always use low sodium soy sauce. You can use regular soy sauce with a splash of water to combat some of the saltiness.
    • Ginger: I prefer to use fresh grated ginger however ground ginger can be substituted in a pinch.
    • Garlic: I love adding garlic to my homemade teriyaki sauce. You can substitute garlic powder if you do not have fresh.
    • Light brown sugar: Adds a nice sweetness to the teriyaki sauce. If you like your teriyaki on the sweeter side adjust the honey to taste.
    • Rice wine vinegar: This vinegar can be found in the International or Asian isle in the grocery store. It adds the perfect acidity to the sauce.
    • Sesame oil: Adds a wonderfully nutty flavor to this sauce!
    • Cornstarch slurry: 1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon cold water. This thickens up the sauce!
    Easy Teriyaki Salmon over white rice in bowl

    how to make teriyaki salmon

    • Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce, 1/8 cup water, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil to a medium bowl. Add half of the marinade to a ziplock bag and the other half to a small saucepan and set aside. Place salmon filets in the ziplock bag and marinate for 30 minutes.
    • When you are ready to cook heat oil in a large skillet. Add salmon filets making sure not to overcrowd pan (I had to cook two at a time). Cook 3-4 minutes on each side until desired doneness.
    • Meanwhile heat the reserved marinade in the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add cornstarch and water to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture to the marinade and simmer until thickened.
    • Serve immediately with the teriyaki sauce drizzled on top as well as green onions and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.

    To make this in the air fryer simply cook the salmon at 400 degrees for 8 minutes then brush with homemade teriyaki sauce!

    Step by step pictures of teriyaki salmon

    Can this be made in the oven?

    Yes! For baked teriyaki salmon simply preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make the sauce as directed and marinade the salmon for 30 minutes. When you are ready to bake brush the salmon with the reserved sauce and cook for 12-14 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon.

    Can this be grilled?

    Yes! To make grilled teriyaki salmon preheat grill to 400 degrees. Make the sauce as directed and marinade the salmon for 30 minutes. When you are ready to grill the salmon brush with the reserved sauce and cook for 8-12 minutes or until the salmon is fully cooked.

    What to serve with Easy Teriyaki Salmon

    • I love to serve this teriyaki salmon recipe with white or brown rice to soak up all the extra sauce. For a low carb option try cauliflower rice or quinoa.
    • Steamed vegetables
    • Ham Fried Rice
    • Chow mein noodles
    • Lo mein
    • Vegetable Fried Rice
    • Stir Fried Vegetables
    • Teriyaki salmon bowl (This has been my favorite way to serve this salmon lately. I put in sushi rice, pickled carrots and cucumbers in bowls and put this teriyaki salmon on top with a drizzle of spicy mayo! Yum!)

    If you love this Salmon recipes then you will love my Salmon with Firecracker Sauce or my Salmon made in the Air Fryer!

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    Easy Teriyaki Salmon

    4.72 from 49 votes
    Easy Teriyaki Salmon pan-fried to perfection and served with a homemade teriyaki sauce! Serve with rice and veggies to make it a meal!
    Servings: 4
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • *NOTE: Prep time does not include marinating time*
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 4 salmon filets, skinless
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • ½ teaspoon ginger, minced
    • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce, It is important to use low sodium. I find regular makes the sauce too salty
    • cup water
    • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar, depending on how sweet you like it
    • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • green onions for garnish, if desired
    • sesame seeds for garnish, if desired

    Instructions 

    • Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce, 1/8 cup water, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil to a medium bowl.
    • Add half of the marinade to a ziplock bag and the other half to a small saucepan and set aside. Place salmon filets in the ziplock bag and marinate for 30 minutes.
    • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add salmon filets making sure not to overcrowd pan (I had to cook two at a time). Cook 3-4 minutes on each side until desired doneness.
    • Meanwhile heat the reserved marinade in the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add cornstarch and water to a small bowl and whisk to combine. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture to the marinade and simmer until thickened.
    • Serve immediately with the teriyaki sauce drizzled on top as well as green onions and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.

    Nutrition Information

    Serving: 1piece of salmonCalories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 34gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 608mgPotassium: 861mgSugar: 6gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1.7mg

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