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Authentic salmon teriyaki requires only a handful of basic ingredients, but the trick is in the technique.

Teriyaki Salmon

This Teriyaki salmon can be made from scratch in under ten minutes from just a handful of basic ingredients. The salmon ends up moist and tender with a thick, shiny glaze, thanks to a simple trick.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword bento, teriyaki
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Fish
Diet Dairy-Free, Pescatarian
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 428 kcal


  • small knob ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 450 grams salmon filets (about 1-inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated cane sugar


  1. Grate the ginger and then squeeze about 1/4 teaspoon of ginger juice out of the pulp. Add this to the sake and then set it aside.
    Grating ginger for teriyaki sauce.
  2. Use paper towels to dry off the surface of the salmon.
    Drying the salmon with paper towels.
  3. Add the potato starch to a tea strainer and dust every surface of the salmon with an even coating of potato starch.
    Dusting salmon with potato starch ensures the teriyaki sauce sticks to it.
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium heat until it's hot, but not scorching hot. Add the oil and then the coated salmon. Fry the salmon undisturbed until it's cooked about 1/3 of the way up one side.
    Salmon filets frying in a pan.
  5. Flip the salmon over and then fry it until it is cooked about 1/3 of the way through on the other side.
    Pan-fried salmon filets.
  6. Remove the salmon from the pan, and use a paper towel and tongs to wipe out all of the oil.
    Wiping out excess oil from the pan before adding the teriyaki sauce.
  7. Add the sake, soy sauce, and sugar to the pan and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is boiling.
    Teriyaki sauce boiling in a pan.
  8. Return the salmon to the pan and repeatedly flip the salmon until it is glazed in a thick layer of shiny sauce.
    Teriyaki salmon being glazed with teriyaki sauce.
  9. Serve the salmon teriyaki over rice with any remaining sauce drizzled over it.
Nutrition Facts
Teriyaki Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 1107mg46%
Potassium 1181mg34%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 47g94%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.