Teriyaki Baked Salmon – Everyone loves this easy fish recipe. Salmon gets marinated in homemade teriyaki sauce, baked, then brushed with teriyaki glaze.
Fish is great for busy weeknight dinners because it’s so quick cooking. This recipe has a homemade sweet and tangy sauce that doubles as a marinade and a sticky glaze. But, there’s still very little hands-on prep time or cooking time.
Note: The following is an overview with process images. The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.
How To Make Baked Teriyaki Salmon
Make the homemade teriyaki sauce.
- Add soy sauce to a small mixing bowl.
- Add brown sugar, vinegar, corn starch, garlic, and pepper.
- Whisk until well combined.
- Place 4 uncooked salmon fillets in a plastic food storage bag.
- Add half of the teriyaki sauce.
- Marinate the fish in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Remove the fish from the bag.
- Place the marinated salmon in a baking dish.
As the salmon cooks, make the teriyaki glaze.
- Pour the remaining (unused) teriyaki sauce in a sauce pot.
- Simmer until thick.
- Brush the cooked salmon with the thick glaze.
- Sprinkle the salmon with sesame seeds and sliced green onion.
Can You Marinate Salmon For Too Long
Yes! If the fish is in the marinade for too long, the acid will start to break down the fish, making it mushy. I typically marinate my salmon for 1 hour. But, up to 2 hours is ok.
How Long To Bake Salmon
This depends on the thickness of the salmon fillet. The 5 ounce salmon fillets I buy are typically just over an inch thick, so it takes about 12 minutes to bake them at 400 degrees F. Occasionally, I can only find very thin, wide salmon fillets. These are usually done in about 9 minutes.
Try These Other Great Salmon Recipes
- Blueberry Balsamic Glazed Salmon
- Honey Lemon Skillet Salmon
- Garlic Dijon Baked Salmon from Natasha’s Kitchen
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Teriyaki Baked Salmon Recipe
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons corn starch
- 2 garlic cloves -minced
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 (5 oz.) salmon fillets
- Optional: sesame seeds or sliced green onions for serving
- In a small bowl, add the soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, corn starch, garlic, and pepper. Whisk until the sugar and corn starch is dissolved.
- Place the salmon in a sealable food storage bag. Add half of the soy sauce mixture to the bag. Seal the bag. Move the salmon around in the bag until it is well coated in sauce. Place the bag in the refrigerator to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.*
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
- Place the salmon in the baking dish skin side down, if applicable (discard the used marinade). Cook for 12-15 minutes, until the salmon is flakey when pressed with a fork. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the salmon fillets.
- As the salmon cooks, make the glaze. Add the remaining soy sauce mixture to a small sauce pot. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and thickened. Remove from the heat.
- Brush the cooked salmon with the teriyaki glaze. Optional: Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds and green onions.
I actually like salmon now.
Delicious!! I made the salmon following the recipe. I am not a fish eater but I loved this salmon. The next night I made chicken breasts with the same recipe and it was delicious also! Thank you for sharing.
Excellent!!! The sauce was delicious and the salmon perfectly tender and flaky. I followed the recipe exactly as written. Presentation was lovely as well. Everyone went on and on about how much they liked it. Husband said, “I’d order this at a restaurant!”
Served roasted baby red potatoes and sweet snap peas (tossed together with a little melted butter, olive oil, Italian seasoning salt and pepper)
Ideal summer meal! Give this recipe a try… you won’t be disappointed!
This recipe is nothing short of amazing! It is so easy and it makes me feel like a chef. The results are gourmet! Believe it or not, I air fry my salmon for 7 minutes on one side, 7 minutes on the other on 400 degrees and it turns out awesome every time! I add a can of lite coconut milk to my rice cooker and it makes the rice super yummy too. Thank you SO much for sharing this! I make it once weekly and look forward to it every time. My non- salmon eating husband now loves it!
I am wondering about the comments of rice vinegar (which I always have on hand) vs rice wine vinegar.
Love it and so do my kids! I made salmon three different ways and had a family contest and this one won by a long shot. I’ve made it several times by now.
This was easy to prepare & very good. I didn’t add black pepper but added a little sesame oil & ginger. Very tasty.
Tastes Fantastic, Quick and Easy! Couldn’t ask for anything better. My Salmon tastes like restaurant quality and my family raves about it every time I make it. Thank you Amanda! Another winner in my house!
My sister makes this all the time and our entire family loves it. I make it with jasmine rice and a crunchy cheddar broccoli casserole or plain steamed broccoli w/butter and lemon. Big hit in my house too.
Finally made this tonight and it was delicious…the sauce is incredible 🙂 sooo good!
I am always on a lookout for healthy, delicious meals like this one! I am definitely going to try it! 🙂 Pinned and Yummed!
This recipe is really yummy! My new favorite go-to salmon recipe. Thanks for sharing!
I don’t like Salmon, but this recipe changed my mind. This is the third time I’ve made it.
Can I do this on the grill??
I’ve cooked on the grill before with the only change in recipe being I wrap salmon in bacon strips before placing on grill. Can’t give cooking times as I’ve never gone by minutes- just seemed to know when it was done I guess. I’m sure the general info wouldn’t be difficult to find online tho.
This recipe is amazeballs! The salmon comes out perfect every time and is such a hit within our family – we have it regularly!! It’s a standout dish to have when guests come over and is so simple to prepare and cook!! I figured after cooking it for the umpteenth time I should leave a review!! I change nothing in the recipe and serve with roast potato, beans and honey carrots to be fancy or simple mash potato and veges (like tonight’s dinner will be) Perfection!! Thank you for the recipe!!
Is there a difference between rice vinegar and rice wine vinegar?
This teriyaki baked salmon is SO DELICIOUS! I can’t believe how much I enjoyed this recipe because I usually don’t like fish, but this was just stellar!
Rice vinegar vs rice wine vinegar? Can I just use rice vinegar?