Two-Minute Salmon Terryaki

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I saw this salmon teriyaki over on The Kitchn a few weeks ago and immediately ran to the store to get the ingredients to make it. I’m so glad that I did, because now not only do I have a new go-to weeknight recipe, I have a fail-proof new way to cook fish! I feel like this photo doesn’t do the recipe justice at all; the salmon is incredibly succulent and falls apart into big, tender flakes with a gentle tap with your fork. Served over rice it doesn’t look like much, but we’re still talking about it weeks later and I can’t wait to make it again.

Rather than cooking this salmon on the stovetop or roasting it, you cook it very quickly under the broiler – it literally only takes 2 minutes! The marinade is just as simple to whisk together – don’t bother with store-bought teriyaki sauce, which often contains corn syrup and can be cloyingly sweet. To prepare a complete meal, let the fish hang out in the marinade while you boil water for the rice. Then, while the rice rests, quickly blanche some green beans and sautee them with a teaspoon of sesame oil and, if you have them, some black and white sesame seeds. Throw the salmon under the broiler while you plate the rice and green beans and you’ll be good to go!

It couldn’t be easier. I’m excited to try preparing salmon this way with other seasonings. Next time, I think I’ll use a miso glaze like this one, but I’m also tempted to try a mustard-based sauce.

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Two-Minute Salmon Terryaki

Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes; Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Mirin (sweet rice wine, sold near the soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 pound Salmon, cut into 4 portions
  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 8 cups Water
  • 1 pound fresh Green Beans, trimmed
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
  • Black and White Sesame Seeds, optional


  1. Heat broiler to high. In a medium baking dish or similar vessel, whisk together the soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Add the salmon, flipping to coat well. Cover and set aside.
  2. Add 8 cups water and the rice to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. While the rice rests, add 1 cup water to a large skillet. Set an empty cast-iron (or other broiler safe skillet) over high heat. Bring to a boil and add green beans. Cook 1-2 minutes, or until bright green and crisp-tender. Drain the water and drizzle with sesame oil and seeds.
  4. Add the salmon, skin side up, to the second heated skillet. Transfer to the broiler and cook for 2 minutes.
Approx. 475 calories, 15 grams fat, 52 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 32 grams protein
Originally posted at The Kitchn. 

Hi, I'm Lauren!

I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie. Read more...


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3 thoughts on “Two-Minute Salmon Terryaki”

  1. I could probably have made this dish in the time it took to read your post. Great idea for these busy work days.


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