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This honey teriyaki salmon is quick, easy, and always a hit! The homemade teriyaki sauce turns into an irresistible sweet glaze in the oven that is perfect for drizzling over rice or noodles. It's a salmon recipe the whole family will enjoy and it's ready in just 20 minutes!
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This honey teriyaki salmon recipe has been in our back pocket for years. To be honest, with just five simple ingredients, it's barely a recipe.
It's a no-fuss, no-brainer combination of ingredients you can quickly call upon when hunger strikes and you're short on time. It's easy to memorize, and it's really really good.
Maybe we love this recipe so much because of the sticky, sweet honey teriyaki glaze. It could also be that it's just so darn easy to make. In either case, it's our go-to salmon recipe, and it's on repeat around our home year round.
If you're wondering how to turn it into a meal, just start a pot of rice before you start the salmon, then sear some bok choy, broccoli, or carrots while the salmon cooks. Dinner can be that easy!
Honey teriyaki salmon ingredients
Here's everything you need to make this honey teriyaki salmon:
- Honey – honey is a key ingredient in teriyaki sauce, making it sweet and sticky.
- Soy sauce – soy sauce has a salty umami flavor and gives this sauce its deep brown color.
- Rice vinegar – rice vinegar is a staple in Asian cuisine. It's milder than most vinegars and has a subtle sweetness to it.
- Ginger + garlic – ginger and garlic give this sauce a punch of flavor and a bit of heat.
- Salmon – look for salmon fillets that are similarly sized so they cook evenly. We often buy steelhead salmon as it doesn't dry out like other types of salmon. Salmon is such an amazing source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids so you can't go wrong not matter which type of salmon you choose.
- Sesame seeds + sliced green onions – for garnish.
How to make honey teriyaki salmon
This honey teriyaki salmon recipe is a quick, easy, and delicious main that goes well with everything from rice to salad. Here's how to make it in a couple of simple steps:
- While your oven preheats, make the teriyaki sauce. Simmer the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, and water in a pan until it reduces by half.
- Now, pour half of the sauce over top of the salmon fillets in a baking dish and pop them into the oven to bake. They're done when they flake easily with a fork.
- To serve, drizzle the salmon filets with more sauce and sprinkle them with sesame seeds and green onions.
What to serve with honey teriyaki salmon
This Asian-inspired teriyaki honey salmon dish can be enjoyed in so many ways! It tastes delicious over a bed of fluffy basmati rice, in noodle dishes, with grilled vegetables, or flaked over salads. Up the nutrition by using brown rice, or make it low-carb with cauliflower rice.
Can I make this with a different protein?
Yep! You could easily make this meal with another type of fish, shrimp, chicken, or tofu. You'll just need to adjust the cooking time based on the protein you are using.
What does honey teriyaki sauce taste like?
Honey teriyaki sauce is sweet and salty with a little kick from some garlic and ginger.
Can I substitute brown sugar for honey in the teriyaki sauce?
Sure! We like honey as it's refined sugar-free, but brown sugar works just as well.
Can I use maple syrup instead of honey in teriyaki?
Yes! It will add a maple flavor to your sauce, but we think it will taste delicious.
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 inch piece of ginger (finely grated)
- 1 clove garlic (very finely minced)
- 4 pieces salmon
- Sesame seeds and sliced green onions (to serve)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small pot over medium-high heat, add the honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, and water and bring it to a boil. Let the sauce boil until it reduces by half, about 5 minutes.⅓ cup honey, ¼ cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 inch piece of ginger, 1 clove garlic, 2 tablespoons water
- Place the salmon skin-side down in a baking dish and pour half of the sauce over the top. Bake the salmon for 8-10 minutes, or until it flakes easily with a fork.4 pieces salmon
- Serve the salmon with the remaining sauce drizzled over and some sesame seeds and green onions on top.Sesame seeds and sliced green onions
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