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Juicy salmon fillets glazed to perfection makes this Grilled Teriyaki Salmon recipe loaded with flavors. It’s easy to prepare and can be ready in just 20 minutes. Whether you’re enjoying grilling outdoors or cooking in a grill pan or griddle, you can achieve the same mouthwatering results in no time.

Grilled salmon on a plate topped with mango salsa.
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Not only is salmon a tasty treat for your taste buds, but it is also known to be loaded with heart-supporting omega-3 fatty acids. The combination of tangy teriyaki, zesty lime, and the subtle heat from fresh mango salsa flecked with jalapenos, creates a harmony of flavors.

If you love salmon, try my Honey Garlic Salmon Bites, Creamy Cajun Salmon or Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon.

Why You’ll Love This Grilled Salmon Recipe

  • It’s bursting with flavor. The teriyaki sauce transforms ordinary salmon into a masterpiece with its perfect balance of sweetness and umami flavors.
  • It’s versatile. Grill outdoors or cook the salmon on a griddle or grill pan. It’s a delicious recipe in any weather. 
  • It’s simple yet impressive. This recipe comes together in minutes. Waiting while the salmon marinates is literally the hardest part of this marinated grilled salmon recipe. 

    Teriyaki Salmon Ingredients

    • Salmon Filets: Look for fresh, high-quality salmon fillets. I prefer skinless salmon, but you could also use salmon with the skin.
    • Sesame Seeds: For garnish and a hint of nutty flavor. 
    • Green Onions: For garnish. Adds a mild onion flavor and a pop of color.
    Ingredients needed for grilled teriyaki salmon.

    Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients:

    • Water: Soy sauce is salty so water helps to create the base of the sauce without being overly salty.
    • Brown Sugar: Provides sweetness and depth of flavor. You can substitute with honey or maple syrup for a more natural alternative.
    • Soy Sauce: Soy sauce adds a rich umami flavor. Use tamari or coconut aminos for a gluten-free option.
    • Rice Vinegar: This adds a tangy kick and is a touch sweeter than other types of vinegar. You can substitute with apple cider vinegar.
    • Garlic: Use freshly minced garlic for that classic garlic flavor. Use garlic powder as a substitute if fresh garlic isn’t available.
    • Ginger: Freshly grated ginger adds a fresh and zesty note. Ground ginger can be used if you don’t have fresh ginger.
    • Cornstarch + Water: Used as a thickening agent for the sauce. You can substitute with arrowroot starch or tapioca starch.

    Mango Salsa Ingredients:

    • Mango: Fresh diced mango provides sweetness and tropical flavor.
    • Red Bell Pepper: Adds crunch and vibrant color. Use any color of bell pepper. 
    • Onion:  Red onion offers a mild onion flavor. Replace with white or yellow onion if needed.
    • Jalapenos: For a bit of heat. Adjust the quantity based on your spice preference.
    • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro gives a bright and herbaceous touch. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, use parsley or basil.
    • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice adds zesty acidity. Lemon juice can be substituted.
    • Salt: Enhances all of the other flavors.

    How To Make Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

    • Step 1: Dry the salmon. Pat dry the salmon filets with a kitchen towel or paper towels and set them aside.
    • Step 2: Prepare the teriyaki sauce. Heat a skillet over medium flame and add water, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Bring the sauce to a boil. In a separate bowl, prepare the cornstarch slurry by combining cornstarch and water. Add the slurry to the sauce and continue boiling until the mixture thickens. Simmer for 3-4 minutes. Allow the teriyaki sauce to cool down.
    Prepare the teriyaki marinade in a saucepan.
    • Step 3: Marinate the salmon. Place the salmon filets in a bowl and pour half of the prepared teriyaki sauce over them. Marinate the salmon for at least 30 minutes.
    Marinating salmon filets for grilling.
    • Step 4: Prepare the salsa. Meanwhile, prepare the mango salsa by combining chopped mango, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a separate bowl. Mix well and set it aside.
      Homemade fresh mango salsa in a bowl.
      • Step 5: Grill the salmon. Preheat a griddle or grill to medium heat. Place the marinated salmon on the griddle or grill and cook for 4-6 minutes on each side, or until the salmon is cooked through. Baste a couple of time through out the cooking process.
      • Step 6: Garnish and serve. Once done, brush the reserved teriyaki sauce over the salmon and garnish it with green onions and sesame seeds. Top the salmon with the prepared mango salsa. Serve the grilled teriyaki salmon over rice, with lime wedges on the side.
      Grilled salmon teriyaki is garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.

      Tips For Making Grilled Salmon With Teriyaki Sauce

      1. Prep the grill: Preheat your grill and grease it with non-stick spray.
      2. Make extra sauce: If you’re a fan of saucy goodness, consider making a bit more teriyaki sauce than the recipe calls for.
      3. Basting: Brush the salmon with additional teriyaki sauce a couple of times during grilling for extra flavor and a glossy finish.
      4. Do not over cook: Salmon cooks quickly, so keep an eye on it. It’s ready when it’s opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
      5. Let it rest: Allow the grilled salmon to rest for a few minutes before serving to let the juices redistribute.

      Alternative Methods For Cooking Salmon

      • Oven-Baked: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake the marinated salmon for about 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness.
      • Pan-Seared: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, add a bit of oil, and sear the salmon for 4-5 minutes per side.

      Storing and Reheating

      • Storing Salmon: Leftover salmon should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
      • Reheating Salmon: Reheat in the oven at low to medium temperature (325-350 F) until just warmed through or reheat in the air fryer for a few minutes at 350 F.

      What to Serve with Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

      Grilled Teriyaki Salmon is a delicious and versatile dish that pairs well with a variety of sides. Here are some excellent options to complete your meal.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      How long can I marinate salmon?

      We recommend that you marinate salmon for 30 minutes, but no more than 2 hours.

      Can I use store bought teriyaki sauce?

      Yes, you can use store-bought teriyaki sauce, but making your own allows you to customize the flavors with no additional preservative.

      How do I know when the salmon is done?

      Salmon is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) and flakes easily with a fork.

      How do I keep salmon from sticking to the grill?

      To prevent sticking, make sure your grill grates are clean and well-greased. You can oil the grates by brushing them with vegetable oil before preheating the grill and heat the grill at medium-high heat before adding the salmon.

      Serve marinated grilled salmon recipe on a plate with rice.

      More Teriyaki Recipes

      Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your family or guests, this Grilled Teriyaki Salmon recipe will sure become a staple in your home with it’s ease of preparation and the fantastic flavors it has to offer.

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      Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

      Grilled teriyaki salmon is loaded with flavor thanks to a sweet, tangy homemade teriyaki sauce that’s a cinch to whip up. Once the fish is marinated, grilled salmon teriyaki is ready in less than 10 minutes.
      Prep Time: 15 minutes
      Cook Time: 20 minutes
      Marinating Time: 30 minutes
      Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
      Servings: 4 Servings

      Ingredients 

      • 4 Salmon filets, skinless, center cut

      Teriyaki Sauce

      • 1 cup water
      • ½ cup brown sugar
      • ¼ cup soy sauce
      • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
      • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
      • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
      • 2 teaspoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water

      Mango Salsa

      • 1 cup mango, diced
      • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced
      • ¼ cup red onion, diced
      • 2 tablespoons jalapenos, chopped
      • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
      • ½ large lime, juiced
      • ½ teaspoon salt

      Garnishing

      • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, to garnish
      • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions, chopped

      Instructions 

      • Pat dry the salmon filets with a kitchen towel or paper towels and set them aside.
      • Heat a skillet over medium flame and add water, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Bring the sauce to a boil.
      • In a separate bowl, prepare the cornstarch slurry by combining cornstarch and water. Add the slurry to the sauce and continue boiling until the mixture thickens. Simmer for 3-4 minutes. Allow the teriyaki sauce to cool down.
      • Place the salmon filets in a bowl and pour half of the prepared teriyaki sauce over them. Marinate the salmon for at least 30 minutes.
      • Meanwhile, prepare the mango salsa by combining chopped mango, red bell pepper, red onion, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a separate bowl. Mix well and set it aside.
      • Preheat a griddle or grill to medium heat. Place the marinated salmon on the griddle or grill and cook for 4-6 minutes on each side, or until the salmon is cooked through. Baste a couple of time through out the cooking process.
      • Once done, brush the reserved teriyaki sauce over the salmon and garnish it with green onions and sesame seeds. Top the salmon with the prepared mango salsa.
      • Serve the grilled teriyaki salmon over rice, with lime wedges on the side.

      Notes

      • Prep the grill: Preheat your grill and grease it with non-stick spray.
      • Basting: Brush the salmon with additional teriyaki sauce a couple of times during grilling for extra flavor and a glossy finish.
      • Do not over cook: Salmon cooks quickly, so keep an eye on it. It’s ready when it’s opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
      • Let it rest: Allow the grilled salmon to rest for a few minutes before serving to let the juices redistribute.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1189mg | Potassium: 1066mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 1224IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg
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