18 In Main Dish/ Seafood

Salmon Teriyaki Recipe

salmon teriyaki

salmon teriyaki

Just like Chicken Teriyaki, Salmon Teriyaki uses sweet and salty Teriyaki sauce.  It doesn’t take any time to make this dish, but it’s still super yummy and healthy!  Salmon Teriyaki is the perfect main dish for a busy weekday dinner.

I added some grated ginger in the sauce, which goes well with fish. However, you can omit it if you don’t want.  To find out more detailed instructions, please watch our Chicken Teriyaki video.

Salmon Teriyaki

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sake
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp grated ginger root
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 salmon fillets


  1. Mix soy sauce, sake, sugar and ginger in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan at medium high heat and place salmon in pan. Cook salmon for 4-5 minutes on each side. Then reduce to medium heat and add sauce. Spoon sauce over salmon. When sauce thickens, after about 4-5 minutes, remove from heat.

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  • Emily
    February 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Oh man, I’m so excited to try this tonight. I work in Japan and live with my Japanese boyfriend. He works super late so I always make dinner – and he loves fish but I grew up eating everything but! So thanks for giving me something simple to try…

    • Noriko
      February 10, 2014 at 9:02 am

      so sweet of you to make dinner in the middle of night for your boyfriend! We have a lot of easy to make recipes for you to try!

  • James
    February 6, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I made three batched yesterday. The first batch was Chilean Sea bass, the second two batches were Mahi Mahi. Cooking times had to be adjusted slightly for the two different types of fish, but both came out well with this cooking method. The first batch I used was exactly as typed minus the ginger root because I realized I had forgotten it at the store and it was too late to go back. After eating the first batch, I found the sauce needing to be adjusted for my taste. It was too overpowering to me. I changed it to 1 1/2 TBSP Soy Sauce, 1 1/2 TBSP Sake, 1 TBSP sugar. The reduction in the soy sauce I think is what helped smooth out the flavor a bit.

    All that being said, I enjoyed each batch so very much. I had it with homemade white rice, the miso soup with onion and potato recipe, and steamed broccoli. It was absolutely delicious. This site has been a big help in getting me used to the basics.

    • Noriko
      February 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

      sounds like you had a great meal!

  • Alantia
    March 4, 2014 at 2:53 am

    So I was just thinking of trying this out maybe… Is it possible to make it without sake, or substitute it for mirin instead?

    • Noriko
      March 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      you can use mirin instead of sake. It maybe a little sweeter.

      • Gloria
        May 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

        I have just found out that I have high blood pressure, starting of high cholesterol, plus am about one hundred pounds over weight, I love Japanese food and as you can tell my husband is Japanese. I don’t want to be takening the meds that my doctor has ordered due to the side effects, so I have been looking into Japanese foods and soups. can you tell me which vegetables would help to reduce bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure plus reduce weight. Ho am sixty-eight years old.

        • Noriko
          June 3, 2014 at 12:14 am

          A lot of Japanese foods are healthy, but not everything is. Also, we use a lot of soy sauce and that may not great for your high blood pressure. It is better to consult with your doctor before trying the recipes.

  • Fiona
    July 8, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you for the great recipe!
    I made this tonight for myself and it was delicious, just like in the restaurant.

    I would like to make it for my wife but she is vegan, I thought I could do the same thing with tofu for her, would that work ok?

    • Noriko
      September 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Tofu will work, but it may be easier to cook when you use firmer tofu.

  • Kim
    September 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Well, on a whim, I based my entire meal tonight around this. I decided to have Salmon, and was like “what shall I have with salmon? How about rice? That sounds kinda Japanese. now I need side dishes” and your site even had a good salmon recipe! So yay! I made the stewed pumpkin (used acorn squash) and the cucumber salad and the broccoli with sesame, and the scrambled eggs. And you know, it was fairly easy, and REALLY tasty. Thanks for having such a user friendly site!

    • Noriko
      September 8, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      sounds like you had a great meal! Yum!

  • Harald Schuster
    September 21, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Really tasty, though I prefer to add about 1/4 to 1/3 of the sauce left in the pan Unagi Sauce, mix with the sauce in the pan and then put on top of the salmon. Adds a little something, though I’ll admit that Unagi Sauce is a bit of an acquired taste ^^

    • Noriko
      September 23, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Unagi sauce could work too although it’s a little sweeter.

  • Steven
    October 12, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Was searching for a recipe for salmon. Lovely and simple, thanks!

    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      you’re welcome!

  • Makiko albers
    October 17, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Just found your website. I visited Japan in March for the first time, and I loved it. Hoping to go back soon.
    I have my elderly mother living with me now after so many illnesses to help her recover. She is 90 yrs old. Restricted sodium is in her diet, as well as cholesterol and fat.
    She is a cardiac patient.
    I know she loves the Japanese cuisine especially the past several years. So I am excited to see your recipes.

    • Noriko
      October 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      hope you can find recipes you can make for your mom too! Please adjust the amount of seasonings to suit your needs.