Easy Baked Teriyaki Salmon

By Rena Awada | Updated On November 16, 2023

A perfectly flaky and tender salmon recipe that’s made with an easy homemade teriyaki sauce and baked to perfection. Makes for a perfect lunch or dinner recipe that can be ready in less than 3o minutes.

healthy Teriyaki Salmon


This baked teriyaki salmon recipe is so easy to make and can be ready in less than 30 minutes. Get dinner on the table in no time. They are also perfect for those who like to meal prep. The teriyaki sauce is so delicious, gluten-free, and is made from scratch.  Enjoy tender, flaky, and perfectly cooked teriyaki glazed salmon with your family with a side of rice or quinoa.

Reasons to love this recipe

  • Easy to make: Making this dish is really quite simple. You make the homemade teriyaki sauce, pour over the salmon filets, and pop it in the oven.
  • Healthy and good for you: Salmon is such a great and healthy fish to add to your diet. They are low in carbs, high in protein, packed with omega-3 fatty acid, and has many other healthy benefits.
  • Delicious: Super moist and flaky baked salmon. Packed with flavor you will thoroughly enjoy this meal.
  • Perfect for meal prepping: If you meal prep your meals, this salmon dish is the perfect meal to make ahead and prep for the week.
metal spatula in a white dish with baked salmon in teriyaki sauce

Ingredients you will need and substitutes

  • Salmon Fillets: about 6 oz each. you may get a whole salmon and cut them down into smaller-size filets or even cook the entire salmon steak. We recommend using wild-caught salmon if possible.
  • Onion sliced: these are used for garnishing, so if you do not have any on hand no worries. But they are recommended.
  • Sesame Seeds: also needed to garnish the salmon dish at the end.

what you need to make the teriyaki sauce

  •  Soy sauce: we used Low-sodium soy sauce to reduce the amount of sodium in this dish. You may use coconut aminos if you are watching your sodium levels.
  • Fresh orange juice: better to use fresh than bottled orange juice
  • Water: to thin out the sauce
  • Honey: you may use other sweeteners like agave, maple syrup, or brown sugar.
  • Garlic Cloves minced: we highly recommend you use fresh garlic rather than garlic powder.
  • Minced fresh ginger: Fresh if possible. Tastes better than using ginger powder.
  • Flakes or to taste: this is an optional ingredient but gives a nice boost in flavor.
  • Lemon– use fresh lemon juice. From a fresh lemon instead of bottled lemon juice.
  • Gluten-free flour: or any flour of your choice.
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
side shot of close up baked teriyaki salmon in a dish with sauce at the botton and the salmon is granished with sliced onions and sesame seeds

HOW TO MAKE this BAKED TERIYAKI SALMON

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a small bowl whisk together all teriyaki sauce ingredients, which are soy sauce, orange juice, water, ginger, garlic, honey, chili, lemon, and flour.

Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and place the salmon in it.

Pour the sauce over the salmon and then bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked through and flaky.

Once the salmon is cooked, remove from the oven, and spoon over with the thickened teriyaki sauce from the baking dish. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!

fork flaking a piece of the baked teriyaki salmon filet that is garnished with sesame seeds and sliced green onions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Should I cover Salmon when baking?

You do not need to cover Salmon when baking. It won’t hurt if you do but salmon generally doesn’t need to be covered to cook thoroughly. They are easy to bake and cook fairly quickly without being covered. Leaving it uncovered will give you that crispy top later. If you do prefer covering the salmon, uncover it halfway to get that crispy layer.

Is Teriyaki Sauce Gluten-free?

Teriyaki sauce contains soy sauce which contains gluten from wheat and soybeans. Unless you buy gluten-free soy sauce to make your homemade teriyaki sauce it won’t be gluten-free. Look for gluten-free teriyaki sauce like this one.

How to Thicken Teriyaki Sauce?

To thicken your teriyaki sauce there are a few options. Try adding a bit more flour or use thickeners like cornstarch, arrowroot powder, Tapioca Flour, or rice flour. Use in moderation. You may only need about 1 teaspoon of thickener. Dissolve in a small amount of water before adding to the sauce.

side view of 3 salmon baked in a white dish with sesame seed garnishes

Two ways to cook teriyaki salmon

We will briefly show you two ways how to cook this teriyaki salmon recipe. You can either use the stovetop or the oven.

  • Stovetop: Pan-sear salmon over medium heat. About 3 minutes on each side. Then add the teriyaki sauce and allow to cook for a few more minutes until the sauce thickens. Then serve.
  • Oven: Bake, grill or roast the salmon in the oven over a greased sheet pan or dish. We prefer baking since it allows the salmon to cook through without the risk of overcooking or burning. You may hold off on adding the sauce until the salmon is half-baked or just add it in along with the salmon as we did to this easy-baked teriyaki Salmon recipe.
metal spatula holding a piece of baked teriyaki salmon that is garnished with sesame seeds and sliced green onions

What goes well with teriyaki salmon

side shot of a fork getting a morsel of the baked teriyaki salmon from a white baking dish

Storage and reheating

  • To store: if you have leftovers from this baked teriyaki salmon, you can definitely store them in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Place the leftovers in a sealed container once they are cooled and store them in the fridge until you are ready to eat the next day. If you want to meal prep and freeze these, you can place them in a freezer-safe container and freeze them for up to 3 months,
  • Reheating: To reheat these if they were in the fridge, place them in the microwave and reheat for 60-90 seconds or until it is heated through since all microwave temperatures vary. If they are frozen, you may allow them to thaw in the fridge the night before and reheat in the microwave, or just pop them in the microwave and hit the defrost button for one minute then heat for another minute.
spatula holding a baked teriyaki salmon filet garnished with sesame seeds

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side shot of a fork getting a morsel of the baked teriyaki salmon from a white baking dish

Baked Teriyaki Salmon

Flaky and tender salmon with a delicious homemade teriyaki sauce, baked to perfection for an easy healthy dinner option.
4.80 from 143 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 316kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 4 Skinless Salmon Fillets about 6 oz each
  • 1 Green Onion sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds

Teriyaki Sauce:

  • Cup Low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ Cup Fresh orange juice
  • 2-3 Tbsp Water
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp Minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tsp Chili Flakes or to taste
  • ½ Lemon juiced
  • ½ Tbsp Gluten-free flour

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small bowl whisk together all teriyaki sauce ingredients. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and place the salmon in.
  • Pour the sauce over then bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked through and flaky.
  • Once the salmon is cooked, remove from the oven, and spoon over with the thickened sauce from the baking dish.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Serving size per filet
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days 
  • Freeze for up to 3 months 
  • You may use honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, or agave 
  • Use fresh ginger, fresh garlic cloves, and fresh lemon juice.
  • Use skin on or skin off salmon filets 

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 940mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Roberta says

    5 stars
    I love salmon, but rather loathe cooking fish. This recipe, however, is so easy and SO delicious! I just made it for the second time and added 1 Tbsp. cornstarch and 1/4 tsp. sesame oil. The sauce thickened up beautifully. I will make this again and again. Thank you!

  2. Nicci says

    4 stars
    i followed the recipe almost exactly & it’s great but could use a couple improvements depending on preferences. I personally prefer slightly crispy salmon so I baked it a bit longer. The salmon was a little plainer than I would’ve wanted (I want pro, restaurant style teriyaki salmon), I’m also the type to tons and tons of spices, I love me some flavor. I think adding a little more flour to make the sauce thicker would be better so the sauce doesn’t run off as easy, if not, maybe marinate the salmon for 30 min to an hour would make a huge difference? Also a little more soy sauce might be good & I added 3 garlic cloves instead of 2, I think 4 maybe 5 would be better. I completely forgot to add sesame seed so that could’ve also made a huge difference. Also Instead of using nonstick spray I lined the pan with orange slices. I wanted to follow the recipe as closely as possible since I’ve never made this & don’t know what to expect, now I do! I’ll definitely be marinating in the future.

  3. Ellie says

    5 stars
    I don’t eat salmon but my husband is crazy about it. It hard to make something you won’t try or like He went crazy, said it was the best ever!!! woohoo me and you. Can’t wait to make for our folks

  4. Reenie says

    5 stars
    Because of time constraints I cooked this on the stovetop. Cooked the salmon for about three minutes each on each side and then added the thickened sauce for a few minutes. Really good and easy. Will be making it again. Thank you for sharing

  5. Dana says

    5 stars
    Delicious easy recipe – can’t ask for more. Have omitted ginger previously and still tasty. Often add a dash of sesame oil to the sauce as an extra, and also try to let the salmon marinade beforehand for as long as possible, when I have the time / remember to. Thank you for sharing!!

  6. Anne says

    5 stars
    I love Teriyaki Salmon and have missed it so much since going gluten-free a few years ago. This was delicious!! It will be a regular on my meal list now. Thank you for a great recipe to add to my rotation! I can’t wait until I can entertain again.

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