How to Make Perfect Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon is a delicious way to cook salmon. Learn how to make it with a step-by-step recipe, video, and two tips for making it delicious. Your dinner will be ready in less than 15 minutes!

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Teriyaki Glazed Salmon is a delicious way to cook salmon or any type of meat. If you’re new to this cooking method, keep reading to learn everything you need to know!

What is Teriyaki?

Teriyaki is a Japanese cooking method in which a teriyaki sauce made from sweet soy sauce is applied to the ingredients as they cook. The sauce is made from a combination of soy sauce, sake, mirin, and sugar. The name Teri (shiny)-Yaki (fried or baked) comes from the sugar content of the sauce making the surface of the food shiny and shiny This technique is often used to cook fish such as salmon and amberjack (buri teriyaki) or meat like Chicken Teriyaki. Teriyaki sauce can also be used as a marinade with additional ingredients like garlic and ginger. The tangy, salty sweetness of the sauce pairs so well with the salmon and creates such a delicious flavor. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds and serve the teriyaki salmon with a bowl of rice for a simple yet tasty dish.

teriyaki sauce poured over grilled chicken in a skillet

What do I need to make teriyaki sauce?

Basically, you only need 4 ingredients to make teriyaki sauce. I explained the golden ratio of teriyaki sauce in the teriyaki sauce recipe post.

  • Soy sauce – if you are not sure what type of soy sauce to use, for example Japanese or Chinese light soy sauce, read more about the difference between these and 5 different types of soy sauce in the article over soy sauce.
  • Sake – use cooking sake. You don’t need expensive sake to make teriyaki sauce. If you don’t have sake on hand, substitute dry sherry or Chinese cooking wine.
  • Mirin – Learn more about mirin in the mirin post and possible substitutes in the Japanese food substitute post.
  • Sugar – caster sugar, brown sugar
basic teriyaki sauce poured into a glass jar

Ingredients for Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

above ingredients for the teriyaki sauce +

  • salmon filet
  • salt
  • flour
two salmon fillets, sake, sugar, soy sauce, mirin and salt

The equipment you need

  • a small bowl – to mix all the teriyaki sauce mixture
  • a saucepan or skillet

How to make Teriyaki Glazed Salmon?

  1. sprinkle salt on both sides of the salmon fillets and leave it for about 10 minutes in order to eliminate the fishy smell.
  2. pat salmon fillets dry of excess water with paper towel.
  3. Sprinkle the surface of the salmon fillets with flour and brush off the excess flour.
  4. Combine soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a skillet or skillet
  6. First add the salmon fillets skin side down. Brown them over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes on one side, then turn the fillet over.
  7. Add the teriyaki sauce to the skillet and simmer until the teriyaki sauce thickens and the other side of the salmon is cooked. Spoon the sauce over the salmon fillets from time to time.
  8. Serve with plain cooked rice, brown rice or cauliflower rice and sides.

Tips for Making Black Sesame Fried Rice

  • Add mayonnaise to rice before frying to separate the rice grains. I explained this trick in the Japanese fried rice recipe.

What to serve with?

Teriyaki salmon goes best with plain white rice and a side of vegetables. It can also be served with brown rice or cauliflower rice to meet the needs of those who are health conscious. See other recipes below for side dish options.

More Japanese Salmon Recipes

FAQs

Q: Can you make it gluten free?

A: If you want to make this dish gluten-free, use gluten-free soy sauce. Tamari isn’t necessarily always gluten-free, so check the label whether wheat is added or not. Learn more about soy sauce options in this article.

Q: Can I substitute honey with sugar?

A: Yes, you can. Sugar and honey have different levels of sweetness, so start with half the amount of sugar to adjust to your taste.

Q: Is teriyaki salmon healthy?

A: Salmon is an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and potassium. However, it is not low in calories and teriyaki sauce is high in sodium and sugar, which are best eaten in moderation. You can use reduced-salt soy sauce and sugar alternatives to make it healthier if you like.

a piece of teriyaki glazed salmon on a round plate with a small bowl of rice in the background

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon is a delicious way to cook salmon. Learn how to make it with a step-by-step recipe, video, and two tips for making it delicious. Your dinner will be ready in less than 15 minutes!

Course: Dinner, lunch, main course

Kitchen: Japanese

Preparation time ten minutes

Cooking time 5 minutes

Total time 15 minutes

Servings: 2

calories: 396calories

Author: Shihoko | Wands Chronicles

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Equipment

  • 1 frying pan

  • 1 small saucepan

  • 1 fish descaler

Instructions

  • Sprinkle the salmon fillets on both sides with salt.

    2 salmon fillets (with or without skin)

    1 teaspoon of salt

  • Leave the fillets for 10 minutes.

  • Combine the soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and set aside.

    2 tablespoons of soy sauce

    2 tablespoons cooking sake

    2 tablespoons mirin

    1 tablespoon of sugar

  • Dry the salmon fillets with a kitchen towel on both sides.

  • Sprinkle the fillets with plain flour on both sides and remove the excess flour with a pastry brush.

  • Heat the oil in a sauté pan and add the salmon fillets skin side down.

  • Cook the fillets for 2 minutes over medium-high heat.

  • Flip them over and add the teriyaki sauce to the pan. Simmer until the teriyaki sauce thickens and the other side of the salmon is cooked.

  • Spoon the sauce over the salmon fillets from time to time.

  • Serve with plain cooked rice.

Remarks

*1 I used frozen Tasmanian salmon. It comes with the skin. Most frozen skin-on salmon do not have the scales removed. It is therefore necessary to descale.
*2 Substitute Japanese foods if you cannot access these ingredients.
*3 I used sesame seed oil for extra flavor, but olive oil or vegetable oil is fine.

Nutrition

calories: 396calories | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 18g | Saturated fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated fats: 6g | Monounsaturated fat: 8g | Trans fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 2374mg | Potassium: 879mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: teng | Vitamin A: 68UI | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg