This Baked Teriyaki Salmon is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that's both healthy and flavorful. Salmon fillets are marinated in a homemade teriyaki sauce and baked in the oven.
Salmon is easy to prepare and makes a simple weeknight meal. You'll love this baked teriyaki salmon because it takes just minutes of prep and finishes on its own in the oven.
Salmon fillets are marinated, roasted in the oven, then topped with a rich and flavorful sesame seed sauce.
Plus, this homemade teriyaki sauce is filled with flavor. I added a bit of brown sugar to balance the soy sauce and garlic - perfectly balanced and delicious.
This marinade is incredibly simple and made with easy to find ingredients. Plus, it's quick enough to add into your weekly dinner rotation.
I like to mix up my marinade in a bowl large enough to fit all of my salmon fillets to reduce waste. However, you're welcome to mix your ingredients in a gallon sized plastic bag, add your salmon, and seal.
Don't forget to keep your extra marinade! This salmon marinade pulls double duty.
After your salmon is done marinating, you'll cook down the remainder of the marinade on the stove top. The original marinade will be thin, but after just a few minutes cooking on the stove, it will thicken into a rich and flavorful sauce.
What to serve with salmon
Serve your salmon with a side salad for a light lunch or dinner.
Or, serve your salmon on top of a bed of brown rice with a side of your favorite steamed veggies.
If you'd like to use your marinade as a sauce for something like rice or noodles, double all of your sauce ingredients before beginning.
Baked Teriyaki Salmon
- 1 ½ pounds salmon fillets sliced into 2" slices
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup water
- 1 green onion diced, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet (with a rim) or cover with foil and grease. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, cornstarch, sesame seeds, and water. Whisk to combine. Add salmon filets, toss to coat, and cover. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes.
- Transfer salmon to prepared baking sheet (keep remaining marinade). Bake salmon for 12-15 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through (times may vary based on thickness of salmon).
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add remaining marinade. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Mixture will thicken slightly. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Before serving, pour remaining sauce over salmon fillets and garnish with green onion.