This recipe for salmon teriyaki is seared salmon fillets covered with a homemade teriyaki sauce and finished off with sesame seeds. An easy and healthy dinner that tastes like it came from a restaurant!

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Salmon teriyaki fillets topped with sesame seeds and green onions.

I can’t take credit for this recipe for salmon teriyaki. It’s actually something my mom has been making for years, except she uses a store bought sauce. Salmon is a favorite in my household, one of my  twins requests it all the time. Flaky and tender fish with sweet and savory teriyaki sauce – how could you go wrong? I always order salmon teriyaki when I go to restaurants, so I’m so happy that it’s super simple to make at home.

How Do You Make Salmon Teriyaki?

This recipe starts with the teriyaki sauce – it takes about 5 minutes to make and uses basic ingredients that you probably already have in the house. This teriyaki sauce is great for stir fry too. After you’ve got the sauce made, place the salmon in a pan and sear it on both sides to a golden brown. It’s really worth the extra cooking time to sear the fish; the outside gets crispy and the inside stays tender for an awesome texture contrast. Pour the teriyaki sauce over the salmon, and dinner is served!

A fillet of teriyaki salmon with a fork cutting into it.

This salmon teriyaki is a quick meal to make, it’s ready in about 20 minutes. The teriyaki sauce can be made up to 3 days before you plan to use it. Or you can make a double batch and put some in the freezer for next time.

This recipe is perfect served over steamed rice with a side of broccoli for an easy weeknight dinner,  but is elegant enough to serve to company. The sesame seeds and green onion are the perfect finishing touches that make this dish taste like it came straight out of a Japanese restaurant. I try and use a high quality fresh salmon here, it really makes a difference in the final dish.

A pan full of teriyaki salmon fillets topped with sesame seeds.

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4.97 from 29 votes

Salmon Teriyaki

AuthorSara Welch
Salmon fillets covered in a homemade teriyaki sauce.
This recipe for salmon teriyaki is seared salmon fillets coated in a homemade teriyaki sauce.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4 servings


  • 4 salmon fillets (approximately 4 ounces each)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • For the teriyaki sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch


  • For the teriyaki sauce: Place the soy sauce, water, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, honey and sesame oil in a small pot over medium high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Turn up heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Mix the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water until dissolved. Add the cornstarch mixture to the sauce and boil for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Set sauce aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan over high heat. Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper to taste. Place the salmon, skin side up in the pan and sear until a golden brown crust forms, about 5 minutes. Turn the salmon and cook for approximately 5 minutes on the other side, or until cooked through.
  • Pour the teriyaki sauce over the salmon. Add the sesame seeds and green onions and serve.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 556mg | Potassium: 619mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 23.2mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1.2mg

This post was originally published on April 24, 2016 and was updated August 29, 2017 with new photos.

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  1. 5 stars
    Tried this sauce tonight cause I was missing a ingredient from my original teriyaki sauce. And let me tell you I am so glad I did!! Itโ€™s not to sweet, nor tangy, just the right amount of ginger, it’s just so flavorful. I baked my salmon at 400ยฐ and brushed the sauce on for the last two minutes! ๐Ÿ˜‹ It’s our new favorite teriyaki sauce thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. 5 stars
    Love the sauce and so easy. I cooked 1 filet just that was just about 3/4 lb. for the two of us and it was just the right amount of sauce. I made brown rice and roasted broccoli. Served this as a grain bowl with the extra sauce drizzled on top of everything. Very good.

  3. 5 stars
    Had no clue what I was going to do for dinner. I found some other teriyaki salmon recipes but they had ingredients I didn’t have or were too complicated. I stumbled across this recipe, it was so easy! I cut it down to two filets, but next time I will double the sauce! The salmon was crispy, the sauce is amazing and this will definitely be a regular recipe for me! Thank you so much!

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe! Really delicious and easy to make. Definitely will be a repeat menu in my house!

  5. 5 stars
    This was easy and delicious! I cooked the salmon skin side down first to make it super crispy, and served with steamed broccoli and brown sesame rice (regular brown rice with sesame oil and seeds added at the end). Thanks for a great new addition to my recipe list!

  6. 5 stars
    Perfect and ready in no time! If you’re from the UK this tastes alot like Wasabi’s salmon teriyaki! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    This was delicious and the teriyaki sauce was fabulous. My kids even ate broccoli with the teriyaki sauce on it. I’ve added it to our go-to recipe list. I didn’t have any sesame oil, so I toasted some sesame seeds and mixed them with a little canola oil. Worked a charm. Thank you for sharing it!