This is the teriyaki style salmon recipe that won over my heart and it only takes 7 ingredients! My partner cooked this dish for me when we first started dating…and won me over.
I FINALLY got him to share the recipe. This top-secret teriyaki salmon recipe is all you need to win someone over you've been dating for a week or married to for 50 years.
What You'll Find in this Post
- Ingredients you need
- What to serve with teriyaki salmon
- Recipe with step by step photos
- My favorite salmon recipes
- Jump to Recipe
Simple Ingredients, Big Payoff
Traditional teriyaki sauce has four main ingredients: soy sauce, sake, sugar, and ginger. This recipe is very different from the traditional teriyaki sauce you are used to, but in my opinion, it's the only recipe you will ever need to get that teriyaki craving perfectly satisfied. Teriyaki sauce is traditionally Japanese, and we got to enjoy it on our trip to Japan. This recipe is not an authentic teriyaki sauce, but instead, a sauce that reminds me of teriyaki sauce.
Store bought teriyaki sauce can be filled with preservatives and processed ingredients. Know exactly what you're eating with the whole ingredients in this easy recipe. You will need: salmon, soy sauce, garlic, scallions, ginger, brown sugar, and olive oil.
What to Serve with Teriyaki Salmon
Here are some of my favorite things to serve with salmon:
- 15-Minute Fried Rice (if you have leftover rice)
- Roasted Asparagus
- Umami Green Beans
- Super Green Pesto Pasta Salad
Step by Step Recipe
First, pre-heat the oven to 350F. We want this salmon to roast slowly to infuse as much of the flavor into the salmon as possible.
Add the olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and scallions/shallot to a baking dish that fits your salmon (see photo 1). Place the salmon SKIN SIDE UP. This is the big trick in the recipe. It allows all the fat to seep into the salmon as it cooks. Also makes for easy skin removal (photo 2).
TIP: When cooking for 2 instead of 4, I like to use a ¼ sheet pan instead of a ½ sheet pan. Easier to handle, easier to store, and easier to clean! (Amazon affiliate links open in new tab.)
Cook 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. You will know it is ready when the skin easily peels off in one piece. Also, it should easily flake when you cut into the center, and the white proteins should be slightly seeping out of the flesh side of the salmon.
Peel the skin off of the salmon. It should be easy or either the salmon isn't ready, or it's old.
Cut and serve. I flip it over to serve so the bottom is up. Top with sauce from pan if desired.
More Favorite Salmon Recipes
If you love salmon and it's salmon season, try theses favorites:
- Salmon Baja-Style Fish Tacos
- Sweet & Spicy Garlic Ginger Salmon
- Salmon Fish & Chips
- Citrus Salmon with Fennel, Citrus, & Mint Slaw
- Chili Kumquat Salmon with Pickled Kumquat Kale Salad
...or check out all my fish recipes here.
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Teriyaki Style Sockeye Salmon
- 1 ½ lb. sockeye salmon or other salmon*
- ⅔ cup olive oil
- ⅔ cup soy sauce
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 8 inches ginger finely chopped (~⅓ cup when chopped)
- 6 garlic cloves minced
- 5 scallions finely sliced, or 4 tablespoon minced shallot
- Pre-heat the oven to 350.
- Add the olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and shallot to a baking dish that fits your salmon.
- Place the salmon SKIN SIDE UP. This is the big trick in the recipe. It allows all the fat to seep into the salmon as it cooks. Also makes for easy skin removal.
- Cook 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. You will know it is ready when the skin easily peels off in one piece. Also, it should easily flake when you cut into the center.
- Peel skin off (should be easy or the salmon isn't ready).
- Cut and serve. I flip it over to serve so the bottom is up. Top with sauce from pan if desired.
This post was originally published in February of 2017, but was republished with new photos, step by step instructions, tips, and changed from "Teriyaki Salmon" to "Teriyaki Style Salmon" August of 2020.
Candice, you are an inspiration! When I was a child my mother would often chide me with "Don't play with your food. "L have spent my entire adult life doing just that.
Several years ago I came across your teriyaki recipe. I made it verbatim. Then I started playing with it. Instead of brown sugar I used a small can of pineapple in juice. Then the mango tree next door came ripe so I experimented with that. Cherries came in season so I tried that. Apples go really well with the ginger.
My next door neighbour is Japanese. Before the pandemic we would go out to lunch once or twice a week. We live in Hawaii, most often to Japanese restaurants. Once or twice a week I make him teriyaki salmon.
Thanks so much for your inspiration.
You just made my day, Jody! I love the ways you have played with this recipe... thank you for sharing them, and I'm looking forward to trying them, myself!
This salmon and the teriyaki sauce are so tasty. What a cool combination of flavors as well
I'm so glad to hear it... thank you for sharing!
Love good salmon recipes! This one is so easy to make and is really tasty!
Yay! I'm glad to hear you loved it.
Finally!! I have found the perfect salmon recipe. Such an easy and Delicious way to cook fresh salmon. The balance of flavors in the teriyaki sauce on point . Perfect dinner with a simple green salad.
I'm so glad to hear it, Debbie... enjoy!
Great amazing flavors that compliment salmon so incredibly well! The tips are much appreciated as well!
I'm so glad to hear you liked it, Leslie!
Oh what delicious dish! It looks crazy easy and something we can whip up any night of the week!
Definitely a great weeknight dinner... glad to hear you liked it, Lori!
Your photos are gorgeous and this sounds absolutely divine! I've never made my own teriyaki before but who know it was so easy to make?! You definitely need to give this a try ^_^
I'm so glad to hear it, Tammy!
We love sockeye salmon and this teriyaki sauce is just delicious! Such a perfect dinner, I served this was rice and broccoli, thank you!
Sounds like a great pairing, Kathryn... glad to hear you liked it!
We eat A LOT of salmon at my house (just had it last night, actually!), so I always love finding new, delicious and EASY ways to serve it! I like that your version of teriyaki sauce has just a few simple ingredients - but big flavors! Such a quick, no-stress dish but really impressive. I can see why it stole your heart and won you over! 😉
Thank you for your sweet words, Shelley... I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it!
This salmon is wonderful! I love that it uses a homemade teriyaki sauce -- it's so easy and way better than anything that comes in a bottle.
I'm so glad you liked it, Amanda! And that you thought it was easy and delicious.