How To Make Teriyaki Salmon - Easy And Delicious Weeknight Dinner Idea-Japanese Taste

How To Make Teriyaki Salmon - Easy And Delicious Weeknight Dinner Idea

by Megumi Moriya

Easy Kid-friendly Main Popular Salmon Seafood Teriyaki Under 30 Minutes Weeknight Dinner Idea

Teriyaki sauce represents Japanese dishes, and Japanese people love this sweet, salty, and savory grilled aroma sauce. Japanese authentic Teriyaki sauce is commonly made of just four ingredients: soy sauce, mirin, sake, and sugar.

This simple sauce pairs really well with a wide range of ingredients such as chicken, fish, and even vegetables like renkon or konnyaku. You'll find Teriyaki dishes not only in homemade cooking but also on chain restaurant menus, like the Teriyaki burger at McDonald’s. As you can see from these examples, Teriyaki sauce is a magical sauce that makes everything delicious.

In this recipe, we'll show you how to make "Teriyaki Salmon". Even if you're not a fan of fish, you're sure to love this flavorful dish! Once you've tried an authentic Japanese Teriyaki dish, you'll be hooked and craving more. So, remember this recipe to recreate delicious Teriyaki dishes with your favorite ingredients.

By the way, let's talk about the salmon available at Japanese supermarkets. They typically come in two types: salted and unsalted. Salted salmon is best for grilling and is a popular choice for traditional Japanese breakfasts and bento lunch boxes. On the other hand, unsalted salmon is perfect for seasoned dishes like Teriyaki salmon or deep-fried salmon. If you have options, go for unsalted salmon to avoid making your dish too salty!

Additionally, the salmon we're using is diagonally cut into 2-3cm slices, a common size found in Japanese supermarkets. If you only have a large salmon fillet, simply slice it into similar-sized pieces. This ensures your dish turns out just as delicious as in this recipe.

Whether or not you're familiar with Teriyaki sauce, try out this delicious teriyaki salmon at home by making it for a quick weeknight dinner!


Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 5 mins

Total time: 20 mins

Total servings: 2

Difficulty: Easy

  • 2 Salmon Fillets (2-3cm thick)
  • 1 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Cooking Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Cooking Sake
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • pinch of salt & pepper (for seasoning the salmon)
  • Roasted Sesame Seeds (garnish, optional)
  • Chopped Green Onions (garnish, optional)

Expert's Tip

How To Make Teriyaki Salmon - Easy And Delicious Weeknight Dinner Idea

You may come across Teriyaki Sauce in your local supermarket, but try out this one instead! The ingredients are simple, and you don’t need to gather all the Japanese seasonings required for Teriyaki sauce. Once you have it at home, you’ll be able to make various Teriyaki dishes instantly with your favorite ingredients.


1) Gathering the Ingredients

Gather the ingredients together.

2) Salting the Salmon Fillets

Sprinkle a pinch of salt on each salmon fillet and set them aside for 10 minutes. 

3) Mixing Together the Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients

Mix soy saucecooking sakemirin and sugar together in a bowl and set aside.

4) Dusting the Salmon with All-Purpose Flour

After 10 minutes, remove the moisture from the salmon with paper towels. Sprinkle a light amount of all-purpose flour on each salmon fillet.

Tip: You can also use corn or potato starch.

5) Pan-Frying the Salmon

Pour cooking oil into a frying pan and heat it over medium heat. Place the salmon into the pan skin-side down.

6) Adding the Teriyaki Sauce to the Pan

Once the skin side becomes golden brown, flip the salmon over and add the seasoning mixture from earlier. Cook over low to medium heat until done.

7) Serving the Teriyaki Salmon

Plate the teriyaki salmon however you desire. If you'd like, sprinkle some sesame seeds and chopped green onion on top. Enjoy!

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