Hey guys, Kevin here again! I’m back with a super simple baked salmon teriyaki recipe that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.
What Is Teriyaki?
When you think of teriyaki, you probably think of a dark, thick, and gooey sauce. However, the original Japanese meaning of teriyaki is simply food that is grilled with a glossy look. That was the goal of this recipe, and it’s why the sauce might not be as dark and thick as you’re used to seeing.
With regards to the teriyaki sauce, you should avoid using store-bought teriyaki sauce if you can help it. Making your own teriyaki sauce at home is easy and only requires 4 ingredients! By reducing the sauce over the stove, you can thicken the sauce just enough so that it sticks to the salmon and gives it a sheen. Not only is this sauce more delicious than any sauce you can find in a store, it is also much healthier!
When you’re reducing the sauce in the pan, be careful not to thicken it too much. Here is a short clip showing what the sauce should look like when it’s done reducing. Keep in mind that the sauce will keep thickening as it cools.
Why Salmon Teriyaki?
In America, chicken or beef teriyaki is more common than salmon teriyaki, but in my opinion, salmon is the easiest to make and tastiest of the three. While you can definitely splurge and make this recipe with sashimi-grade salmon, this recipe works just as well with a fillet of fresh Atlantic salmon from your local grocery store. Just make sure to remove the skin so that the sauce can fully be absorbed into the meat!
I’ve tried making salmon teriyaki both in a pan and in the oven, and they each have their own merits. However, you can’t beat the peace of mind of just putting the food in the oven and doing something else. This recipe only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, so it’s perfect for a busy weeknight or a lazy weekend.
Let’s get started on this melt-in-your-mouth salmon teriyaki recipe!
Add some minced ginger to the teriyaki sauce for a deeper flavor! You can also garnish the salmon with sesame seeds (as we have done here) and sliced scallions.
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