This Easy Baked Teriyaki Salmon with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce will quickly become a family favorite that you can put together in 30 minutes. High heat creates a perfectly flaky salmon with a sweet and sticky glaze. Serve over rice and vegetables or top an Asian inspired salad bowl for a beautiful and healthful meal.
How to make Teriyaki Sauce from scratch
Making Teriyaki Sauce couldn’t be easier. Take soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch. I recommend grating or pressing the fresh garlic and ginger for this recipe. When the ginger and garlic pieces are too big they do not integrate well into the sauce and you can end up with little hot spots in your glaze. By that I mean you can have bites that taste too strong instead of having an even flavor in every piece of salmon.
Add Cornstarch to Cold Liquid for Best results
When mixing the teriyaki sauce, you should combine all of your ingredients cold or at room temperature. Add the cornstarch last and make sure to mix it in until it is fully dissolved. Cornstarch will not dissolve in hot liquid and then it will fail as a thickener.
Once the ingredients are well combined, bring to a low simmer on the stove. Turn off the heat when the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
What temperature is best for Easy Baked Teriyaki Salmon?
For this recipe, I used thick salmon fillets. I brushed the salmon pieces with the homemade teriyaki sauce and then placed it in the oven. In order to get moist, flaky fish, I turned the oven up to 400 degrees for 12 minutes. At the end of 12 minutes, the salmon is nearly cooked and still very moist.
To go from Teriyaki Sauce to Sticky Glaze Use the Broiler
Once the salmon has been cooked for approximately 12 minutes, remove it from the oven and add another thick layer of homemade teriyaki sauce and then place the fish under the broiler for about 3 minutes. Be sure to watch it closely so the sugars do not burn. For an extra thick layer of glaze, repeat this process, but only leave the fish under the broiler for 1 minutes or so.
"There are some achievements which are never done in the presence of those who hear of them. Catching salmon is one, and working all night is another."
-- Anthony Trollope
Easy Baked Teriyaki Salmon With Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- 1.5 lbs Salmon Fillets
- ½ Cup Soy Sauce
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1 Tsp Ginger Fresh
- 1 Tsp Sesame Oil
- 1 Tsp Corn Starch
- Black Pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400° and line a baking sheet.
- Start by making the homemade teriyaki sauce. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan. Be sure to add the cornstarch to a cool mixture and stir until it is fully dissolved. Heat the mixture on low heat until it comes to a simmer. Turn the heat off as the mixture thickens to coat a spoon.
- Lay Salmon fillets on a lined sheet sheet pan and use a paper towel to pat dry. Brush each fillet with teriyaki sauce on both sides.
- Place baking sheet of salmon in the 400° oven for 12 minutes. Remove the salmon from the oven and baste the tops with more teriyaki sauce. Be sure to put a nice thick coating on all of the pieces.
- Turn the broiler on low and place the salmon back in the oven for about 3 minutes. Be sure to watch the fish closely this time to prevent burning.
- Baste the salmon one more time and place under the broiler again for 1 minute.
- Top with sesame seeds and serve over rice and vegetables.
If you loved this Teriyaki Sauce, try it out on some Perfectly Grilled Steak.
For another easy Asian inspired dinner try out this Broccoli Beef Sheet Pan Dinner.