Easy Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

by Aimee Stock

This post contains affiliate links. To learn more, please read my disclosure policy.

Last Updated on February 24, 2021 by Aimee Stock

Salmon is something I am trying to incorporate more into my diet. It’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, a great source of protein (and potassium), high in B vitamins, loaded with Selenium and the list goes on and on. I’m always trying to find new flavor combinations and this Easy Teriyaki Salmon Recipe is absolutely delicious!

Hero Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

How do you make teriyaki sauce from scratch?

We are using this mixture for both the marinade and later, to create a finishing sauce. The ingredients include:

  • garlic
  • ginger
  • low sodium soy sauce (or liquid aminos)
  • rice wine vinegar
  • sesame oil

Teriyaki Marinade and Sauce

Take a small amount of the marinade mixture and place it into a zip lock bag with your salmon for about 30 minutes.

Marinating the Teriyaki Salmon

How do you make a teriyaki SAUCE?

To the above mixture, add a slurry made from arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) and water. Whisk to combine. Bring the reserved marinade to a simmer in a small saucepan and add the arrowroot mixture. Whisk until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat.

How to pan fry salmon (plus a few tips)

Add oil to a skillet over medium heat and place salmon skin side down first and let it crisp up. It’s much easier to flip. About 3 to 4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness. Flip and repeat.


How can you tell when salmon is done cooking? What temp should Salmon be cooked?

The best way is to press the salmon with your finger. If the salmon starts to flake or separate, it’s done cooking. You can also use a digital thermometer and it’s cooked once it reached 145 degrees.

Can (or should) you eat the skin?

This is a matter of preference. I would consider the sourcing and quality of the fish, but it you decide to remove it, it’s very easy to do so after cooking.

How to thaw frozen salmon before cooking

If you have purchased frozen salmon, simply allow it to thaw frozen in your refrigerator overnight and pat dry with paper towels. While you can cook fish from its frozen state, I wouldn’t recommend it. The texture is not quite the same.

Marinated Teriyaki Salmon in Pan

To thicken the sauce, I made a simple slurry which is nothing more than arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) mixed with water. Add the sauce to the pan and reduce until thickened. This should take literally just a few minutes.

Arrowroot Slurry

Serve your Teriyaki Salmon over white rice (I’m using Jasmine Rice – my favorite) and alongside your favorite veggies. I love a broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix. Top the salmon with some of the sauce (don’t go overboard here) and a few sesame seeds (black, white (or both). Add green onions (also known as scallions) cut on a bias for garnish.

Overhead Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

It’s so flaky and delicious, I really think you’ll love it!

Flaked Salmon on Plate

Did you make my Easy Teriyaki Salmon Recipe? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought. You can also tag me on Instagram @aimee_stock. I love seeing what you come up with!

Pinterest Image for Easy Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

Easy Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

Easy Teriyaki Salmon Recipe
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Servings: 2 servings


  • Non-Stick Skillet
  • Small Sauce Pan


  • 1 1/2 tsp Oil
  • 2 Salmon Filets


  • 1/2 tsp Garlic minced
  • 1/8 tsp Ginger grated fresh or powder, to taste
  • 1/4 c Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil


  • 1 1/2 tsp Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp Water


  • Green Onions (Scallions)
  • Sesame Seeds


  • White, Brown or Cauliflower Rice



  • Whisk together the marinade/sauce,
    Teriyaki Marinade and Sauce
  • Add the salmon to a zip lock bag along with about a quarter or so of the marinade for about 15 to 30 minutes.. Reserve the remaining marinade to make the finishing sauce.
    Marinating the Teriyaki Salmon


  • Heat the oil over medium high heat and once hot, add the salmon skin side down first. Cook 3-5 minutes per side. The salmon should flake easily with a fork and/or test 145 degrees on a thermometer.
    Marinated Teriyaki Salmon in Pan


  • While the salmon is cooking, bring the reserved marinade to a simmer.
  • Whisk the cornstarch and water, adding it to the simmering marinade. Continue to whisk until desired thickness is achieved.
    Arrowroot Slurry


  • Serve the salmon over rice and with steamed vegetables, if desired.
    Hero Teriyaki Salmon Recipe
  • Spoon a small amount of sauce over the salmon.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
    Overhead Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

You may also like

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More