Teriyaki Salmon

This simple, sweet teriyaki salmon is done in 20 minutes flat. Teriyaki sauces like this one have roots in Japan and were popularized in the U.S. via Hawaii. The sweet, syrupy sauce is typically made with soy sauce, usually sweetened with brown sugar and/or pineapple juice. This particular teriyaki sauce is made with brown sugar, and we've given the option of subbing tamari for the soy sauce to make the recipe gluten-free. The sauce is fast and simple, but if you have minutes to spare, you can amp it up with a little garlic and ginger for an extra boost of flavor. Serve the fish with steamed rice and veggies for an easy, healthy dinner. 

Teriyaki Salmon
Photo: Will Dickey
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 4 (5 ounce) skin-on salmon fillets

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • ¼ cup mirin

  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce (see Tip)

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Coat salmon fillets with sesame oil and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until opaque on the outside, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the broiler to high.

  2. Meanwhile, stir mirin, tamari (or soy sauce) and brown sugar together in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Gently brush about 1 tablespoon of the teriyaki sauce onto each salmon fillet (try to keep the sauce from dripping too much onto the pan). Broil until the salmon is charred on top and cooked to desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes for medium-rare.

  3. Drizzle the salmon with the remaining sauce and sprinkle with scallions and sesame seeds.


People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing ingredients.

The sauce keeps well so consider making a double batch; refrigerate, covered, for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

296 Calories
13g Fat
9g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 4 oz.
Calories 296
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 30g 60%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Vitamin A 119IU 2%
Sodium 417mg 18%
Potassium 716mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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