simple baked salmon teriyaki recipe
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Simple Baked Salmon Teriyaki Recipe

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!

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Simple Baked Salmon Teriyaki

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Recipe by Kevin Lee Course: Main CourseCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy


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This delicious baked salmon teriyaki only takes 35 minutes to make. It’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or a lazy weekend!


  • 1 lb salmon (de-skinned and cut into two fillets)

  • Sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin (sweet Japanese cooking wine)

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • Equipment
  • Baking sheet

  • Small pot


  • Combine the ingredients for the sauce together in a large bowlbaked salmon teriyaki recipe sauce
  • Place your two salmon fillets in the bowl and marinate for 15 minutes, making sure both sides get covered with sauceSimple Baked Salmon Teriyaki Recipe
  • In the meantime, preheat your oven to 400°F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil
  • After 15 minutes, remove your salmon from the sauce, but keep the leftover sauce! We will be reducing this to a thicker sauce to spoon over our salmon at the end
  • Place your salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes, flipping halfwaybaked salmon teriyaki recipe salmon on baking tray
  • While your salmon is baking, heat up a small pot over medium-low heat and pour the remainder of the sauce in. Slowly simmer the sauce until it thickens up. If the sauce bubbles when you tilt the pot, your sauce is ready! Remove from heat and wait for your salmon to finish baking.Simple Baked Salmon Teriyaki Recipe
  • After your salmon is done baking, spoon the sauce over each fillet and serve with a side of rice!baked salmon teriyaki recipe plated

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Feeling Fancy?
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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