Pan Seared Teriyaki Salmon

Light, healthy and delicious this pan seared teriyaki salmon recipe is a total winner! The homemade teriyaki sauce is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, which tastes great with the fish. Garnish with some toasted sesame seeds and fresh sliced scallions for that extra punch of flavor.

Pan Seared Teriyaki Salmon- Healthyish Foods

I love meals like this one so much because they are healthy and loaded with flavor. Plus, this recipe comes together in under 45 minutes which is great for nights when you need something quick. Serve with a simple salad or side of Delallo orzo pasta for a heartier meal.

Pan Seared Teriyaki Salmon- Healthyish Foods
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5 from 4 votes

Pan Seared Teriyaki Salmon

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pan seared salmon, teriyaki salmon
Servings: 2 people


  • 2 saute pans


  • 12 ounces Scottish salmon deboned
  • ¼ cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper

Teriyaki Sauce

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup liquid amino you can also use soy sauce but it is not a 1 for 1 swap. Liquid aminos are a bit stronger in flavor, so you’ll need to adjust accordingly.
  • Healthy pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1/2 cup water to form a slurry mix together


  • Remove the fish from the refrigerator and debone it. Next, you’ll pat it dry (front and back) with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. Dry skin equals a crispy skin which is always so tasty!
  • Lightly score the skin of the fish using a knife. This will prevent the fish from constricting and cooking unevenly when you place it in the hot pan.
  • Season it with salt and pepper and let it sit for 15 -20 minutes before cooking.
  • Grab 2 sauté pans. One for the fish and one for the sauce. While the fish is coming up to room temp, we will prepare the sauce.
  • In a large sauté pan, over medium heat add the water, garlic, liquid amino, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes. Stir well.
  • Next, you’ll combine ½ cup of water and the cornstarch to form a slurry. Pour the slurry into the teriyaki sauce. This will act as the thickening agent for the sauce. Stir continuously to prevent sticking.
  • Once the sauce is getting thicker, you’ll add the orange juice. Stir until it reaches the thickness you desire and turn off the heat.
  • Next, over medium / high heat, you’ll add the canola oil or vegetable oil to the hot pan.
  • Gently place the salmon in the hot oil skin side down.
  • Depending on the thickness of the filet, you will cook it for about 6 minutes on each side.
  • This will give a thicker filet about a medium to medium well temperature.
  • Once cooked to your liking, you’ll remove the fish from the pan, and top it with the teriyaki sauce.
  • Garnish with some toasted sesame seeds and chopped scallions.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!
Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Author: Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh

Sarah Thomas-Drawbaugh is a recipe developer and creator of the brand, Healthyish Foods®. Sarah makes plant-based, fish and chicken recipes that are simple and delicious. Her work can be seen in Healthy-ish by Bon Appetit and Bon Appetit Magazine (digital), Women’s Health Magazine (digital) and Mind Body Green. Sarah is a Pittsburgh, PA native but currently lives in Vail, Colorado with her husband, Dan and rescue dog, Graci!

2 thoughts on “Pan Seared Teriyaki Salmon”

  1. 5 stars
    This was so good! The whole family… including a five year old and 2 year old devoured it! I told me husband we just fancied up our salmon game!

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