Honey Teriyaki Salmon

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Honey-Teriyaki Salmon with an Asian honey glaze is such and easy, flavorful dish you can make any night of the week.

Honey-Teriyaki Salmon
Honey-Teriyaki Salmon

My family all loved this Honey-Teriyaki Salmon. It tasted like something I would order in an upscale Asian restaurant, yet it was so simple to make. If you like this salmon recipe, you should also try my Sweet and Spicy Glazed Salmon or Air Fryer Salmon with Maple Soy Glaze.

Honey-Teriyaki Salmon with forbidden rice

This honey-teriyaki salmon recipe is from the cookbook Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair. It’s filled with beautiful photos and over 120 fast, simple Asian recipes anyone can make on a busy weeknight. Her book features everything from Korean Tacos to Vietnamese Summer Rolls.

Is farmed or wild-caught salmon better?

Adding salmon to your plate is one of the healthiest decisions you can make. Studies link its high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients with a lower risk of heart disease, heart attacks, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.

By choosing fresh wild salmon (your best bet is wild Alaskan or Pacific) over farm-raised, you will likely be getting better quality, less-contaminated fish. However, the health benefits of eating farmed salmon far outweigh the health risks associated with not eating salmon at all. So, if wild salmon is out of your budget, go for the farmed variety.

How to Make Honey-Teriyaki Salmon

Simply fill a resealable bag with the marinade ingredients, add the salmon, and marinate (for up to eight hours) until you’re ready to cook. Then when it’s time to start dinner, make your sides and cook the fish on the stove, which will be done in less than 15 minutes.

What can I substitute for sake or mirin?

Sake and mirin are similar, but mirin has less alcohol and more sugar than sake. If you have sake but no mirin (or vice versa), just double the sake (or mirin). If you don’t have either, you could use dry sherry or sweet marsala cooking wine. You can also use a dry white wine with a little sugar or rice vinegar with a splash of white grape juice.

What to Serve with Honey-Teriyaki Salmon

I served this teriyaki salmon with forbidden rice and sauteed sugar snap peas on the side, but it would also be wonderful with brown rice, edamame fried rice, cauliflower fried rice, or soba noodles.

Honey-Teriyaki Marinade

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Honey-Teriyaki Salmon with forbidden rice
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Honey-Teriyaki Salmon

266 Cals 22.5 Protein 19 Carbs 9 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
CUISINE: Chinese, Japanese
Honey-Teriyaki Salmon with an Asian honey glaze is such and easy, flavorful dish you can make any night of the week.


  • 3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce, or tamari for gluten free
  • 3 tbsp mirin, Japanese sweet rice wine
  • 3 tbsp sake
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 lb fresh wild salmon fillet, cut in 4 pieces
  • 2 tsp cooking oil


  • Combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, and honey in a resealable bag. Add the salmon and mix to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
  • Remove salmon, reserving the marinade. Heat a frying pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. When hot, swirl in the oil. Sear salmon, 2 minutes per side. Turn heat to low and pour in the reserved marinade. Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until cooked through.
    Honey-Teriyaki Salmon in a skillet


Nutritional information for wild salmon provided by Heather K Jones, RD.


Serving: 1filet, Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 22.5g, Fat: 9g, Sodium: 502mg, Sugar: 13g
WW Points Plus: 7
Keywords: Easy Asian Salmon Recipe, honey teriyaki salmon recipe, Honey-Teriyaki Salmon


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  1. This salmon was wonderful! As suggested, I used 1/4 c. white wine and 1/4 t. brown sugar for the sake. I also made some black rice from Costco that I had in the freezer. I slightly toasted the rice in 2 T butter
    with 1/4 c. diced onion for 6 minutes, then added water with a chicken bouillon cube for 25 minutes and then let rest for 10 minutes. I served it sprinkled with toasted almond slivers and sprinkled some black truffle salt on my portion as the family is not as fond of it as I. am.

  2. Hi Gina!
    What can I use instead of sake and mirin, I don’t have either one?
    It looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it!! Thanks!!

  3. How would I prepare this with frozen salmon? And I was also wondering if it can be cooked in the oven? Thanks!

    • I make it with frozen wild alaskan salmon, just defrost the fish and follow recipe!. Its so quick in a skillet, takes all of 8-10 minutes. I would not do in oven.

  4. Can this be cooked in the oven? If so, what temperature and how long?

  5. Hi Gina! I have tried to make this a few times and I always find that 2 minutes on each side and 5 minutes covered is not nearly enough to cook through. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!

  6. I just made this for dinner last night minus the sake and it still came out wonderful! i've tried other recipes but this one is by far the best! thanks a lot!

  7. Just made this for dinner, including the black rice and sugar snap peas. It was great! Such a beautiful presentation! Thanks for another great meal!

  8. Absolutely phenomenal, Gina! This was my first time making salmon and now we'll be having it weekly. THANK YOU! 🙂

  9. Have you thought about adapting this for chicken? I made an attempt and it didn't turn out terrific but I think it can be done well…I'm just not sure how.

  10. I found this to substitute for the mirin
    Substituting Mirin
    Ratio for sake: 1 tbsp mirin = 2 tsp sake + 1 tsp sugar
    Ratio for white wine: 1 tbsp mirin = 2 tsp white wine + 1 tsp sugar

    I am going to use the white wine because I do not have sake, should I double it to replace both the mirin and the sake?

  11. So easy, so yummy, and my whole family loved it! I only marinated the salmon for an hour and didn't use sake, but it had so much flavor. Will definitely make again!

  12. Wow was this ever delicious. Didn't use sake. Added cloves of garlic and some ginger to the marinade, left it for about 8 hours. Great, great recipe, will definitely make again!

  13. This was great! Had it tonight and my kids loved it as much as I did. Thank you!

  14. Gina, if I do not have sake should I just leave it out or double the Mirin amount to make up for it? Thank you!

  15. Ok we aren't fans of salmon. We've tried it before and thought it was the way we cooked it. This marinade would be good I think maybe on shrimp or some other fish that we do like, like tilapia. I wish we liked salmon cause it's so good for you!!

  16. @Gina @ Skinnytaste Those grill marks on the salmon look AMAZING! You can also use Hoisin sauce as a marinade. =)

  17. This salmon was absolutely wonderful! I made this dish for my picky teen and she said it was delicious. Thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe. This will now become a staple in our household!

  18. The Salmon dish looks divine! I'm using the frozen, wild to costly for me. Am putting it over brown rice. Hope tastes good that way. Thanks for recipe!

  19. This was so amazing!

  20. Salmon is amazingly delicious. Love this prep idea. I’ve used a maple glaze, but not honey. I like it!

  21. This was amazing and so easy. it's going to become a regular on my menu. Thanks so much for your site, It's wonderful

  22. Gina – this salmon is excellent! My husband even commented on it the next day. This one will be going in the rotation. Thank you for your site – its my go to!

  23. Gina – the salmon I have has skin on one side. How will this affect the cooking etc?? Can I still do this recipe? Thanks so much, love your site!!!

  24. This was really good. I couldn't find the sake at the grocery store, so I just left it out, and it lowered the points!!! I will be making this again! And, I also made the edamame fried rice too – thanks so much, Gina!!!

  25. Hi Gina, I couldn't find Mirin at my local supermarket, but I have researched that 1/4 tsp of brown sugar in a 1/4 cup of white wine is a good substitute. Do you recommend pinot grigio for the white wine? Also, since I don't have Sake, do you think I can add extra mirin substitue to make up for not inlcuding the sake?

    • Did you get an answer or did you make it and if so how did it.turn out? I don't have sake or mirin. Was planning on leaving the sake out and using wine wine and sugar for the.Mirin. Should I double the.Mirin substitute to make up for the missing sake? Did you use regular or brown sugar??

  26. deliocious! thank you!

  27. I cant eat soy – i know this is a major ingredient, but wondering if you know something I could sub for it?

  28. OMG this was a HUGE hit with my toddler!!!! I substituted the sake for brown sugar (what I had on hand). He loved it so much, he would not stop eating and asked me this weekend for more pink fish.

    I also made this with chicken and it was wonderful!

    Thank you for this!!!

  29. The book recipe looks awesome and the food looks amazing! Thank you for sharing this.

  30. I really enjoyed this, and I'm not a great fish eater. I didn't have any sake, is the points value lower?

  31. Making this for dinner tonight for two very picky mexican men. I am sure i'm going to charm their pants off, thanks to you Gina!!! Oh, do you have any reciepes with sriracha as an ingredient? Thats right up their ally!

    Thanks again♥

  32. I am making this tonight for dinner! I had a hard time finding the Mirin (sweet rice wine) in the liquor section… Finally asked and was pointed to the cooking section as it's a cooking wine.. Nice tip to add to the recipe so other wine novices like myself will know where to go :-)..I am making it with regular wine though, as I didn't want to spend $10 for the Mirin…haha… can't wait for dinner tonight. Thanks again for yet another great recipe, Gina!

  33. This looks amazing!! I can't wait to cook it for dinner tonight! How do you cook the forbidden rice?

  34. The salmon is looking amaaaaazing. Great job on this:)

  35. Black rice is rich in fiber, vitamin E and antioxidants. Salmon is a brain healthy food. When both these are combined as a recipe it will provide a highly nutritious diet. Thanks for the great recipe.

  36. Hi Gina!
    I would also like to know where to buy the black rice. Is it available anywhere or is it a special recipe?

  37. I was going to make this recipe tonight but after searching at the grocery store I wasn't able to find MIRIN…any ideas on how to sub it and the sake?? thanks Gina.

  38. Please fix the printer friendly version code. I try to delete the extraneous text (description) at the top/beginning of the recipe and it deletes the ENTIRE recipe. I have tried this three times and the whole recipe is deleted.
    Also, in the top paragraph, I have to delete every single word for some reason that is linked or in blue. Please fix?!

  39. Gina, can I find the forbidden rice in any typical grocery store?

  40. Looks good! My Husband the Fisherman, will not eat fish, unless it's beer battered and fried! Crazy! I love salmon and your whole meal looks amazing!!

  41. Looks great! For some reason, I do not like forbidden rice, so would substitute another starch

  42. I've never heard of forbidden rice before…sounds very interesting! Love your pics, by the way.

  43. Black rice is also great cooked/mixed with jasmine rice. It is so fragrant and gives a pretty purple color!

  44. If there's one food that makes my heart sing, it's salmon!! Beautiful photos Gina. I think I need to get my hands on Jaden's book. I never get tired of Asian food!

  45. That rice goes great with this recipe!

  46. Looks so good! This is definitely going on my meal plan.

  47. How about wild salmon that is frozen and packaged? It is much cheaper, but would it be better than fresh farmed-raised?

  48. This looks delicious and simple to prepare. What could I substiute for the sake? How about pinot grigio?! I have all the other ingrediants and I can't wait to make this-
    thank you!

  49. Looks WONDERFUL! I have black rice in there that I keep forgetting about. Now I'm hungry for fish! Chicken might be taking a back seat tonight.

  50. Yum, this looks SO good, Gina, especially over the rice. And, by the way, your photography is beautiful. Gorgeous to have that natural light shining through like you mentioned (I'm still picturing Target photographing ONE EARRING, by the way!). 🙂

  51. Not a fish eater, would it be good on chicken? Can find those ingredients in the groery store?

  52. yummyyyyy love teriyaki sauce !! with everything, haha 🙂


  53. I'm sure this would be great with any fish.

  54. Could you substitute the salmon for tilapia?? Its jut what I have on hand 🙂

  55. Looks so yummy! What is "forbidden rice"?! Sounds intriguing. 🙂