Easy Teriyaki Salmon pan-fried to perfection and served with a homemade teriyaki sauce! Serve with rice and veggies to make it a meal!
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.
This is the perfect dinner when you are short on time but want something amazing. 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. 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 Teriyaki Sauce at home is super easy! It’s also a great way to control the sweetness and saltiness of the sauce. To make your own teriyaki sauce 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.
- Honey: 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.
- Mirin: Has a sweeter flavor which helps combat the saltiness from the soy 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!
What to serve with Easy Teriyaki Salmon
- I love to serve the chicken with white or brown rice to soak up all the extra sauce. For a low carb option try cauliflower rice.
- Steamed vegetables
- Chow mein noodles
- Lo mein
- Vegetable Fried Rice
Here are more recipes using my Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- Easy Chicken Teriyaki
- 20 Minute Teriyaki Shrimp
- Baked Teriyaki Chicken
- Beef Teriyaki Noodles
- Orange Teriyaki Salmon
Easy Teriyaki Salmon
- *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
- 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.