This baked teriyaki salmon recipe is the best with only 4 ingredients! It’s so simple and you can have dinner in less than 30 minutes without any marinating, but still flakey, flavorful and moist.
This easy salmon dinner is a game changer! My life is super busy, and I wish I had time to cook, but some nights there is just no energy left. I have a few meals on hand that take almost zero effort and can be ready in about 30 minutes.
This Teriyaki Salmon Baked in Foil is definitely that kind of meal. Plus, it’s salmon which is super healthy with omega-3s and high quality protein.
We love super easy dinner ideas around here for busy nights, like this salmon. When there’s not much time, I often make Supreme Chicken Nachos, Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs, or Cabbage Beef Soup because they take less than 30 minutes to make!
Ingredient Notes and Expert Tips
Here is an overview of the ingredients you will need to make baked teriyaki salmon.
As you can see, this recipe was designed to be simple as possible and ready in less than 30 minutes.
Salmon: I generally use Farm raised salmon, such as “Atlantic Salmon”, which tend to have a higher fat content. Farmed salmon also tends to come in thicker pieces which are more forgiving and you can bake longer.
Wild-caught salmon, like Coho Salmon and Sockeye, tend to be thinner and less fatty fillets. If using wild caught, consider marinating for 10 or 20 minutes before baking. In general, wild salmon requires less time cooking, so aim for the bottom end of the baking range.
Soy Sauce: Any soy sauce of your choice should work, whether reduced sodium or full bodied.
Teriyaki Sauce: You can use any sweet teriyaki sauce you like, but I use Yoshida’s Sauce generally. The sweetness is well balanced by the other ingredients in the sauce. If you want to make your own teriyaki at home, this homemade teriyaki recipe is a good one.
How To Make Teriyaki Salmon
The instructions in the recipe card below are super simple. Line the baking dish with foil, pour the sauce ingredients and mix a little. Spread the sauce on both sides of the salmon. It really is that easy!
Frequently Asked Questions
The easiest way to see if your salmon is finished cooking is to gently press down on the top of the fillet with a fork or your finger. Salmon should be moist but not too bouncy. If the flesh of the salmon separates easily along lines that run across the fillet —then it is done.
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Teriyaki Baked Salmon in Foil
- 4 salmon filets
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 3 Tbsp teriyaki sauce
- 1 Tbsp rice wine
- pepper to taste fresh cracked preferably
- Pre-heat oven to 375.
- Line foil in bottom and sides of baking dish. Add soy sauce, teriyaki, and rice wine. Place the salmon in the baking dish and flip over so that both sides are well coated. Fish fillets should not touch. Sprinkle pepper over salmon to taste.
- Approximate cooking time is 15-20 minutes, but will depend on thickness of the fish. When fish is flaky and the center is a uniform color, the fish is perfect!