I live for this Teriyaki Glazed Salmon recipe! Savory sweet glazed salmon dinner that takes only 20 minutes…this Asian inspired fish recipe is incredibly easy and quick to make, and always hits the spot!
Salmon is one of our favorite fish. It is super easy to make, has incredible deep flavors by itself, so you really don’t need to do much with it to make it very yummy.
And yes, it is also really good for you. Sign me up for all that Omega-3 goodness wrapped up in the form of a tasty dish!
We make this often in our home, especially when we want something quick and tasty. We love salmon in general, but we also love the savory sweet glaze with an umami flavor that is this teriyaki sauce.
Top this over a bed of rice, and you’ll be cleaning up that plate before you know it!
How to make Teriyaki Glazed Salmon
No marinating; no food processor; no complicated ingredients.
All you need is a skillet, a few pieces of fresh raw salmon, and a few sauces that are used over and over again when making Asian dishes to create the teriyaki sauce.
Here’s a quick breakdown on how to go about this:
- Prepare teriyaki sauce
- Pan sear salmon, then add sauce to salmon
- Remove and serve!
Teriyaki Sauce for Salmon
Who doesn’t love a good teriyaki sauce? Teriyaki is a classic sauce in Japanese cuisine that is used to flavor salmon, chicken, beef, pork, tofu and much much more.
Teriyaki sauce is popular and widely consumed all over the world these days. Because of that, there are so many variations of teriyaki sauce.
This may be a quick generalization but I find that typically the more authentic teriyaki sauces are typically less sweet (more savory) and thinner in texture.
This is the teriyaki sauce I typically whip together when I am trying to make my own at home. I personally think it is the bomb. 😉
I cannot claim full authenticity in this recipe, but the beauty of this recipe is that it uses easily-obtainable ingredients (all of them widely use in many Asian dishes), and at the same time maintain a lot of the notes and flavors found in authentic teriyaki sauce.
So in short: it’s simple to make using easy-to-find ingredients, and it is incredibly flavorful and yummy. 🙂
Prepare for a sweet, savory umami goodness. We would drink this if it’s appropriate. 🙂
That’s it! If any of the ingredients sound intimidating, don’t be intimidated! Most likely you’ve had them before in Asian dishes at restaurants…you just didn’t know it! 🙂
Mirin is an important ingredient to give this sauce an umami distinct flavor we all know and love in teriyaki sauces. Try not to omit it if possible! It really takes the sauce to the next level.
Sesame oil is a nutty flavorful oil that brings a lot to the sauce as well.
Both are popular sauces and seasonings in Asian cooking, and can be found in the Asian aisle in most grocery stores in the U.S. Or grab it online via the affiliate links above.
How to know when salmon is cooked?
It doesn’t take long to pan sear a salmon. One of the reasons why salmon is typically a quick and easy meal to make.
A cooked salmon is slightly flakier and no longer translucent. Use a fork to cut into the salmon and it should break apart easily once it is cooked.
If you have a meat thermometer, the internal temperature of a cooked salmon should be about ~145 degrees F or higher.
It is also just as important to not overcook salmon. Overcooked salmon can be tough and dry…and loses a lot of its flavor and appeal.
Tips and Tricks
A few more tips and you should be all set! 🙂
- Use fresh salmon for the best-tasting salmon. Frozen salmon can be a hit or miss based on my experience.
- Defrost salmon completely and pat dry salmon to remove as much moisture as possible before searing the salmon.
- Grease skillet with oil thorough before placing salmon fillet onto skillet. A non-stick skillet is helpful but not necessary.
- Avoid overcooking salmon! Once salmon is done, remove from heat promptly.
And viola, the salmon is ready…my stomach is ready, my heart is ready!
If you have 20 minutes you can make this! It’s a beautiful dish filled with real flavors and so much yum! Makes for an easy, no-fuss dinner any day!
If you make this recipe, comment below and let me know what you think! Also, don’t forget to take a picture and tag me on Instagram, because I WANNA SEE!!
Other Salmon Recipe
A few other salmon recipes that you will enjoy!
- Baked Salmon Sushi Bowl
- Garlic Butter Dill Salmon
- Miso Soy Glazed Salmon
- Asian Salmon Salad with Ginger Soy Dressing
- Pistachio Encrusted Salmon (by Ask Chef Dennis!)
- 1 1/2 lbs salmon
- 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp sliced green onions optional
- 1 tsp sesame seeds optional
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/8 cup water
- Pat dry defrosted raw salmon. Important: make sure salmon is completely defrosted!
- In a small bowl, combine all teriyaki sauce ingredients. Mix well.
- Heat large skillet. Add vegetable oil. Once oil is heated, bring salmon to skillet and sear on one side for a few minutes. If using skin-on salmon, sear it skin side up first.
- Flip salmon and lower heat to medium low. Cover if needed, especially if it is a thick cut of salmon because it will take longer to cook.
- After a few minutes, when it looks like salmon is almost cooked, add teriyaki sauce to skillet. Spoon spoonfuls of sauces and drizzle onto salmon as it cooks.
- When salmon is cooked and no longer translucent, or internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F, remove skillet from heat.
- Serve salmon with teriyaki sauce. Optional: garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Enjoy!