Teriyaki Salmon Bowl

Get ready to savor the irresistible fusion of flavors in my Teriyaki Salmon Bowl recipe! This mouthwatering delight combines perfectly seared salmon with a savory sweet teriyaki sauce made from all-natural ingredients and no additives. The best part? You can whip up this authentic Japanese-style teriyaki dish in just 10 minutes, right in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Teriyaki salmon bowl served on top of rice, edamame and boiled broccoli.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Teriyaki Salmon Bowl recipe is an authentic version of the Japanese classic that brings together the goodness of boneless salmon fillets, a homemade teriyaki sauce, all severed over a bed of rice. It’s a satisfying main course that boasts the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, offering a true taste of Japanese-style teriyaki!

What’s more, I use the same Homemade Teriyaki Sauce featured in my Chicken Teriyaki and Beef Teriyaki Salad recipes to make this Japanese inspired bowl dish! So, you can prepare extra teriyaki sauce and try those delicious dishes next! But for now, get ready to savor the irresistible fusion of flavors in my Teriyaki Salmon Bowl!



  • Salmon – boneless salmon fillets.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Green Onion – finely chopped green onion scallions.
  • Rice – rice of choice, use cauliflower rice for a low carb recipe.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Sweetener –  use your preferred sweetener.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Thickener – corn starch slurry, Xanthan Gum for low carb, or thickener of choice.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

Additional Toppings

Customize your bowl with a selection of fresh vegetables like Edamame, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots, and Avocado. Add these nutritious and flavorful ingredients to personalize your meal to your liking.

🍶 Mirin Ingredient Note

While mirin is a traditional ingredient in teriyaki sauce, this recipe accommodates for the potential unavailability of mirin in certain locations by adjusting the ratio of Japanese sake and sweetener.

🍣 Salmon Ingredient Note

Fresh boneless and skinless salmon fillets are the top choice for optimal flavor and texture. If using frozen salmon fillets, make sure to thaw them and pat dry properly before cooking.

Salmon fillet being prepared on cutting board to be used for a teriyaki salmon recipe.


Step 1 Pat dry salmon fillets with paper towel and season with salt and black pepper.

Seasoned salmon.

Step 2 Prepare teriyaki sauce by combining soy sauce, Japanese sake, sweetener, and thickener in a saucepan. Simmer until thickened.

Homemade teriyaki sauce in a sauce pan.

🥄 Corn Starch Pro Tip

If using Corn Starch Slurry as a thickener, prepare a mixture of 1 Tablespoon of Corn Starch and 2 Tablespoons of Water in a mixing bowl. Gradually add this mixture to your sauce until it reaches the desired thickness.

Step 3 Sear salmon fillets in a skillet coated with oil for 1.5-2.5 minutes per side on medium-high heat.

Salmon seared in a frying pan.

Step 4 Transfer salmon fillets on top of a bowl of rice, add desired add-ins and green onions, and drizzle teriyaki sauce on top.

Teriyaki salmon served on a bowl of rice.

💡 Teriyaki Sauce Meal Prep Tip

For convenience, Prepare a Batch of teriyaki sauce and store it in an airtight container in the fridge, where it can last for up to 14 days.

Paring Recommendations

A bowl of protein-packed Egg Drop Miso Soup adds depth and richness to your meal, with its umami flavors and comforting warmth. To balance the flavors, a green salad tossed with some Japanese Ginger Dressing brings a refreshing touch with to your salmon bowl for a complete and nutritious meal.
Homemade teriyaki sauce in a bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I defrost frozen salmon properly?

To defrost frozen salmon properly, you can either place it in the fridge overnight for a slow thaw, or if you're in a hurry, submerge the sealed salmon in a ziplock bag under room temperature water for 10-15 minutes.

What type of sweetener should I use in the teriyaki sauce?

It's best to use either sugar or a sugar substitute in the teriyaki sauce.


Teriyaki sauce being drizzled over pan seared salmon fillet.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate. The dish will stay fresh for 3 to 5 days. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, simply reheat in the microwave until warmed through.

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Teriyaki Salmon Bowl

Savor the irresistible fusion of sweet and savory flavors in my Salmon Teriyaki Bowl, a Japanese delicacy that's sure to be at the top of your list for your next meal.
4.25 from 20 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Keyword: Japanese salmon bowl, salmon teriyaki bowl, salmon teriyaki with rice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 408kcal




  • 1/4 Cup Japanese Sake can substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/16 tsp Xanthan Gum or thickener of choice
  • 1/8 tsp Toasted Sesame Seed optional


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for teriyaki salmon.
  • Pat down any liquid from salmon with a paper towel, sprinkle salt and black pepper evenly on both sides of the fillet, and cut into 2 vertical slices ~2 inch width.
    Seasoned salmon.
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
    Chopped green onions.
  • In a sauce pan, add Japanese Sake, sweetener, Soy Sauce and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to med-low heat, add in Xanthan Gum or thickener of choice and mix until dissolved and thickened. Once thickened, remove from heat, sprinkle in optional Toasted Sesame Seed and set aside.
    Homemade teriyaki sauce in a sauce pan.
  • Add neutral cooking oil to a new fry pan and bring up to heat. Once up to heat, reduce heat to medium-high, carefully place salmon cuts into the pan and cook for 1.5-2.5 minutes. Next, flip and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes until meat easily flakes off.
    Salmon seared in a frying pan.
  • Transfer cooked salmon onto bowl of rice, place in add-ins, top with teriyaki sauce and green onions.
    Teriyaki salmon served on a bowl of rice.


Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 582mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 426IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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