Get ready for the easiest, most flavorful teriyaki salmon you’ll ever eat. And it’s a healthy weeknight dinner option that’s ready in 20 minutes.
After our popular 15 Minute Easy Teriyaki Chicken post, we decided to make this delicious teriyaki salmon. Which one is better? Hard to say, how about both!
This teriyaki salmon is so flavorful please even the pickiest of eaters, and that includes kids by the way. So it makes a great weeknight dinner option for the entire family.
This classic recipe requires no marinating or baking, and the salmon is so mouthwateringly delicious, juicy and flaky. Teriyaki may sound complicated, although it’s actually a simple Japanese cooking technique invented centuries ago.
Homemade teriyaki sauce requires just 4 ingredients: soy sauce, white wine (sake/vermouth), mirin and sugar. Mirin is a strange-sounding ingredient, and it’s just sweet rice wine available in larger supermarkets or online. One taste and you’ll make it a kitchen staple.
Watch our video tutorial to see how to make it:
Easy Teriyaki Salmon (with Video)
The easiest, most delicious teriyaki salmon made with just 6 ingredients for a healthy lunch or dinner idea ready in under 20 minutes
- 1 lb salmon fillets 4 fillets
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup mirin
- 1/2 cup white wine see note
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 tbsp sugar optional
- 4 slices fresh ginger
Pat dry your salmon fillets with paper towel, and season with salt and pepper.
Place a skillet on medium-high heat, and add the salmon fillets skin-side down. Note: oil is not required if you are using a nonstick pan.
Cover the skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, make the teriyaki sauce.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the mirin, white wine, soy sauce, sugar and fresh ginger.
Remove the lid from the skillet, flip the salmon fillets so the skin side is up and cook 1-2 minutes more.
Flip the salmon back so it's skin side down. Pour the teriyaki sauce into the pan and and cook for another minute, spooning the sauce onto the salmon.
Remove salmon to serving plates, while allowing sauce to continue boiling another minute or so until thickening.
Spoon or brush thickened sauce onto salmon as a final glaze. Serve and enjoy!
-Sake is the classic ingredient for teriyaki, although dry white vermouth is an excellent substitute. Alternatively dry white cooking wine or non-alcoholic wine will work.
-Mirin is worth buying for amazing teriyaki flavor, and you can get it online or in most larger supermarkets next to other Asian sauces.
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