Easy Teriyaki Salmon

Easy Teriyaki Salmon pan-fried to perfection and served with a homemade teriyaki sauce! Serve with rice and veggies to make it a meal!

super-easy-teriyaki-salmonI’ve been eating tons of salmon lately. It is hands down my favorite fish to eat. It’s mild and super easy to prepare.

The salmon get’s marinated in a simple teriyaki sauce then pan fried. The sauce compliments the salmon perfectly and is sweet, tangy and thick. I reserve half the sauce for marinating and the other half for glazing the salmon during cooking.

I love making my own teriyaki sauce at home. It’s so much easier to control the sweetness and the salt level. 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.

The teriyaki sauce consists of soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic and brown sugar. The sauce gets nice and thick with a simple cornstarch slurry (1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon cold water).

amazing-teriyaki-salmonThis is the perfect dinner when you are short on time but want something amazing. Serve with sticky rice, vegetables and enjoy!

Easy Teriyaki Salmon

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Serves: 4
Easy Teriyaki Salmon pan-fried to perfection and served with a homemade teriyaki sauce! Serve with rice and veggies to make it a meal!


  • *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)
  • ⅛ 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


  1. Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce, ⅛ cup water, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil to a medium bowl.
  2. Add half of the marinade to a ziplock bag and the other half to a small saucepan and set aside.
  3. Place salmon filets in the ziplock bag and marinate for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add salmon filets making sure not to overcrowd pan (I had to cook two at a time).
  5. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side until desired doneness.
  6. Meanwhile heat the reserved marinade in the saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  7. Add cornstarch and water to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  8. Slowly whisk in the cornstarch mixture to the marinade and simmer until thickened.
  9. Serve immediately with the teriyaki sauce drizzled on top as well as green onions and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.
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  • I’m going to have this for dinner. What temperature do you cook the salmon… Low, medium etc. Thanks.

    • Hi Terry,

      I usually cook it around medium or medium high. If I find the pan is getting too hot i’ll turn it down. I hope you enjoy!



  • Mel

    When do you add the sesame oil? And is it rice wine vinegar or rice wine that is needed?? The method is confusing

    • Hi Mel,

      Sorry for the confusion. I totally left out the sesame oil in the directions. Thanks for picking up on that. It is added with the rice wine vinegar. And yes it is rice wine vinegar that you need. (You can find it in asian section in the supermarket)

      Thank you!


  • I made this tonight and it was so delicious! I’d made fried rice the night before and really wanted to try some teriyaki salmon with it, and this recipe just hit the spot! It’s definitely going into my regular meal rotation.

  • Monica Tuite

    I loved your recipe!!!! I made only 1 substitute– didn’t have rice wine vinegar so used rice vinegar (only 1 tsp.). It was still so terrific!!
    I Loved your teriyaki salmon so much, a few days later I stir fried mushrooms and peas, added left over cooked rice, and finally your yummy sauce. Sooo good!
    I think it’s really important to use fresh ginger if at all possible and the fresh green onion and sesame seed garnishes hit this out of the park!
    Thanks very much for this recipe for healthy comfort food!!!

  • Lainey

    This was easy! Substituted honey for brown sugar, added sriracha seasoning and baked/broiled… Very tasty!

  • Dana

    Delicious! We ate with sushi rice and broccoli and loved it. Don’t skip the green onions, they make this dish compete.

  • Joyce

    This was a fantastic recipe, THE restaurant-calibre salmon I’ve been wanting to make at home! Thank you so much! I am trying to attach a pic, don’t know if it will work.


  • Kate

    Hi, would this recipe work with the salmon on the barbecue instead of pan-fried? It sounds absolutely delish!

    • Hi Kate,

      Yes that should be fine. You can brush the sauce on during and after cooking. Enjoy!


  • Sally

    Did this for a party of 8- all have asked for the recipe … served it cold with salad and potates.
    Also cooked fish on BBQ in metal tray , took 20 mins

  • Barbara

    Easy and delicious! Followed the recipe as written using low sodium soy sauce. Thank you for this recipe!

  • I’ve never had salmon with teriyaki sauce, it looks delicious. I will definitely try to cook this recipe at the upcoming weekend and surprises my girlfriend 🙂 Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe with us.