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Easy Teriyaki Salmon

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easy teriyaki salmon recipe

easy teriyaki salmon recipe

This is easy pan-fried teriyaki salmon is ready in just 20 minutes. I made the teriyaki sauce with common ingredients based on the Japanese standard recipe so that everyone can follow. You can make authentic taste of shiny teriyaki sauce without mirin (sweet cooking wine) and sake (Japanese rice wine).

Ingredients of teriyaki sauce.

Teriyaki would be the most famous Japanese sauce around the world and it’s the same here in Japan. From traditional cuisine like Yakitori to McDonald’s Teriyaki burger, teriyaki sauce has been popular in Japan for a long time. The authentic teriyaki sauce made from soy sauce, mirin, sake and sugar. They are all pantry staples in Japan but not outside Japan. So thus, I made this recipe. Honey can be substitute for mirin. But there is no substitute for sake. Chinese rice wine and plain white wine give completely different flavor from my experiment. Therefore, I rather skipped the ingredient of alcohol and used ginger and butter (we normally use vegetable oil). As a result, these substitutes help to play a role of sake that neutralizes the smell of fish and deepens the flavor in a good way.


– Before cooking fish, lightly sprinkle salt and let it sit for a couple of minutes, then pat dry the fish with paper towel.

It’s an important step to get rid of the fish smell.

– Make teriyaki sauce in a separate pan.

The smell of fish dissolves in liquid. So don’t make the sauce in the same pan of cooking salmon. Because it contains excess oil from the fish.

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Good sides for teriyaki salmon

Teriyaki dish is versatile so it can be nice to pair with many things, whether you go with Asian or Western style of side dishes. Japanese typical sides are steamed rice and miso soup (check out the recipe from the link!). But teriyaki dish is also great with bread as a sandwich filling. If you want some green, boiled broccoli, asparagus and green beans are my recommendation.

I hope you enjoy!

easy teriyaki salmon recipe

easy teriyaki salmon recipe

Easy Teriyaki Salmon

Author Matcha and Tofu
Servings: 2


  • 2 salmon fillet
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • a dash of salt

Teriyaki sauce

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3/4 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 5 tbsp water


  • Lightly sprinkle salt on the salmon, then set aside.
  • Place the soy sauce, the honey and the ginger in a small sauce pan, then bring to simmer. Dissolve the 1/2 tablespoon of cornflour (cornstarch) with 5 tablespoon of water in a small dish, then add the mixture into the pan.
  • Whisk constantly until the sauce thickens. Then turn off the heat and set aside.
  • Press a paper towel against the salmon to soak up any excess moisture.
  • Sprinkle the 1 tablespoon of cornflour (cornstarch) evenly on the salmon.
  • Place the butter in a frying pan / skillet over medium-high heat. Once butter melts, place the salmon skin-side down until golden brown then flip over and cook the other side until salmon has cooked.
  • Remove from the heat and transfer the cooked salmon to serving plates.
  • Re-heat the teriyaki sauce and brush it over the salmon with a spoon.

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