For a meal that’s well-rounded, savory, and delicious, Healthy Teriyaki Salmon checks all of the boxes. This simple dish comes together in about 15 minutes and uses coconut sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger to achieve the perfect flavor!
Enjoy easy teriyaki salmon
Though I run a recipe blog, I love a quick, simple dish just as much as the next gal! So when I discovered that cooking salmon is very easy and equally fast, I was delighted. A healthy protein-rich meal that’s ready in under 15 minutes? I’m sold.
With a rich, slightly tangy, teriyaki sauce, this healthy teriyaki salmon is a must for this week’s menu. The salmon easily sears in a pan while the sauce ingredients (think coconut sugar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic) thicken in a separate pot. Then, pour the sauce over the salmon, and you’re ready to go!
I love to pair it with rice and broccoli for a meal that’s arguably as good as my favorite takeout joint. So go ahead, and give this teriyaki salmon recipe a try! I can promise that you’ll love it.
Ingredients in this healthy teriyaki salmon recipe
This recipe begins with a simple salt and pepper seasoning, followed by everything you need to make a delectable teriyaki sauce.
- Salmon: The sauce in this dish is the perfect amount for enjoying with 2 filets.
- Salt & pepper: For seasoning the salmon, we’ll use a simple blend of salt and pepper. Add whatever feels right.
- Avocado oil: We will use 2 tbsp of avocado oil when cooking the salmon.
- Soy sauce: First up for the teriyaki sauce is 2 tbsp of soy sauce.
- Coconut sugar: To get that sweet flavor that teriyaki always has, include 2 tbsp of coconut sugar!
- Garlic: For flavor, use 1 tsp of garlic powder. You can use a little extra if garlic is your thing.
- Ground ginger: Ginger in the amount of 1 tsp will help to round out the flavor.
- Sesame oil: Throw in 1/2 tsp of sesame oil for taste.
- Arrowroot powder: Use 1 tsp of arrowroot powder to help thicken up the sauce.
- Water: Finally, 1/2 cup of water will allow the sauce to reach the correct consistency.
What you’ll need to create this recipe
The great thing about cooking salmon is that it’s a low maintenance dish that won’t cause a huge mess in your kitchen! You’ll only need a sauce pan and a smaller sauce pot, in addition to a few paper towels (for patting it down).
For measuring, you’ll need 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, and 1/2 cup.
How to make healthy teriyaki salmon
Who knew cooking salmon could be so easy? I don’t make it often, but when I do I’m always shocked at how simple it is. This recipe will only take about 15 minutes total.
To begin, pat the salmon dry with a paper towel and season it with salt and pepper.
Next, heat a saucepan over medium-high heat with 2 tbsp of avocado oil.
Place salmon in the pan skin side up and cook for 5 minutes.
Flip, cover with the lid, and cook for 5 more minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a small sauce pot over medium-high heat and add the soy sauce, coconut sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, arrowroot powder, and water.
Bring to a rapid boil.
Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and let the sauce thicken. Once thickened, turn off the heat.
Finally, pour the sauce on top of the salmon and serve!
New to cooking salmon? Here are some tips that should help.
- It cooks fast. Keep an eye on it, especially after you’ve flipped it!
- The internal temperature should reach at least 145F.
- Searing (as opposed to baking) is how you get crispy skin.
- Store leftover salmon in the refrigerator and eat within 2-3 days at the latest.
What to serve with this dish
I mentioned above that I recommend serving this salmon with rice and broccoli. If you’re looking for actual recipes, consider serving it alongside Garlic Green Beans, Maple Brussels Sprouts, or this Zucchini Caprese Salad!
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
There are more mouth watering meals where this one came from! Check out these recipes for meals guaranteed to be a hit.
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Recipe by Erin Morrissey + Photos by The Mindful Hapa.
- Pat salmon dry with paper towel and season with salt and pepper.
- Heat saucepan over medium-high heat with 2 tbsp avocado oil.
- Place salmon in skin side up and cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip and cook for five more minutes, covering with lid to prevent splatter.
- Meanwhile, heat small sauce-pot over medium-high heat and add all sauce ingredients from soy sauce to water. Bring to a rapid boil.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and let thicken. Once thickened, turn off heat.
- Pour sauce on top of salmon and serve alongside rice and broccoli.
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