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Teriyaki Salmon

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: salmon teriyaki, teriyaki sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

Quick and easy teriyaki salmon recipe. Salmon fillet is pan-grilled until tender perfection in an authentic Japanese homemade teriyaki sauce.



  • 2 fillets salmon with skin (2 fillets = ½ to ¾ lb = 340 g) (1/2 to 3/4" thickness, skin will hold the flesh together while cooking)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (kosher or sea salt; use half if using table salt)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour (See Notes why using flour)
  • ½ Tbsp neutral flavor oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp sake (or Chinese rice wine or dry sherry)


  • 1 Tbsp sake (or Chinese rice wine or dry sherry)
  • 1 Tbsp mirin (or 1 Tbsp. sake + 1 tsp. sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Teriyaki Salmon Ingredients
  2. Combine the ingredients for Seasonings and mix well until the sugar is mostly dissolved (or you can microwave for seconds). Rinse the salmon and pat dry. Season the salmon with kosher salt and black pepper on both sides.
    Teriyaki Salmon 1
  3. Sprinkle 1/2 Tbsp. of all-purpose flour on one side of salmon and spread evenly. Flip over and sprinkle the rest of flour on the other side. Gently remove the excess flour.
    Teriyaki Salmon 2
  4. In a frying pan, add the vegetable oil and melt the butter over medium heat. Don’t burn the butter. If the frying pan gets too hot, reduce heat or remove from the heat temporally.
    Teriyaki Salmon 3
  5. Add the salmon fillets, skin side on the bottom (this will be top when you serve). Cook the salmon for 3 minutes, or until the bottom side is nicely browned, and then flip.
    Teriyaki Salmon 4
  6. Add sake and cover with lid. Steam the salmon for 3 minutes, or until it's cooked through. Remove the salmon to a plate.
    Teriyaki Salmon 5
  7. Add the seasonings to the pan and increase the heat little bit. When the sauce starts to boil, add salmon back in the pan and spoon the sauce over the salmon.
    Teriyaki Salmon 6
  8. When the sauce thickens, turn off the heat. Plate the salmon on a plate and serve immediately.
    Teriyaki Salmon 7

Recipe Notes

All Purpose Flour: By coating the fish with flour, we keep nice umami and juice inside. Also, the texture will get crispy and the sauce will be nicely coated.

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