Easy Baked Salmon




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If you prefer Chinese or Japanese cuisine such as spring rolls or Chow Mein, you probably enjoy the Teriyaki sauce that is common, especially in Japanese foods, and consists essentially of Soy Sauce, sake (or mirin), and sugar.
In North America, this sauce has been used in multiple ways, and any sauce resembling traditional Teriyaki is called “teriyaki” even though it may not have sake or mirin, or if garlic is added (which is not typical in Japanese cuisine).

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This Salmon recipe uses a type of Teriyaki sauce. It isn’t a traditional teriyaki, but closely similar. The differences are that I added garlic and ginger, and did not use sake or mirin, or any other form of cooking alcohol or vinegar.

The result is an easy-to-make baked sweet and salty salmon that flakes perfectly, isn’t fishy (depending on your quality of fish), and melts in your mouth. The salmon fillet I used was from Costco, which has been a very reliable source for quality fish in all my past experiences. Although it was not a wild-caught salmon, the taste and texture was incredible. Even so, if possible, purchase a wild-caught salmon, which is naturally brighter red and generally better quality…and healthier, according to healthline.com. That said, try this easy and quick recipe out and let me know how it goes! Be sure to post a pic and hashtag and tag me at @mtestkitchen and #mtestkitchen !!

Step 1: Ingredients

2 lbs salmon fillet

Onion Powder

Garlic Powder

⅓ soy sauce

⅓ cup brown sugar

⅓ cup water

3 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon grated ginger

Step 2: The Sauce

Season salmon fillet with onion powder, garlic powder, and salt.

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, water, garlic, and ginger.

Step 3: Marination

Place salmon fillet in a large plastic bag along with the soy sauce mixture and turn to coat. Marinate in fridge for 2 hours.

Step 4: Bake It

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place salmon, along with soy sauce mixture into a 9x13 glass baking dish, and cover with aluminum foil.

Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, until salmon flakes easily with a fork.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Serve warm with a side of vegetables.



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    9 Discussions


    22 days ago

    I'll have to try your recipe for a change of pace - sounds delicious. I bake salmon using a pan but I wouldn't think that matters. I also cook for about the same time and temperature. I use non-stick aluminum making it easy for a spatula to lift the salmon.

    If the skin is not removed at the store, simply leave it on, prepare baking dish with non-stick :). Before placing the salmon skin side up (yes, up), sprinkle whatever spices desired on the foil. Sometimes I use salt/pepper only, lemon and pepper only, rosemary with a little salt, etc., without marinating, or try the recipe in this instructable. Bake as instructed. After baking, the skin comes right off. Before removing the salmon from the pan, I will scrape the silver stuff (fat) off. It scrapes off easily. Then I use a spatula to flip the fillet over to place on each plate for presentation purposes. I do slice the fillet into individual sizes before baking for a clean cut. The seasoning will be imparted in the fillet and will look delicious on top when placed on a plate. It can be made prettier with a thinly sliced lemon and/or other garnishments.


    26 days ago

    This one of my favorite dishes. I make this about once a month. I learned how to make teriyaki sauce just last month and incorporated it into this dish that night. Thanks for sharing this so others can enjoy it as well.

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    26 days ago

    Looks good!
    What temperature do you bake it at?
    Also I never knew real Teriyaki sauce was supposed to contain Sake. I've made it in the past and I used garlic powder and ginger like you. I also used honey instead of sugar or corn syrup (most store-bought teriyaki will have HFCS) and it tasted great. Note that if you use honey you should heat it on the stove-top while you're mixing it all together but it comes together nicely and has the consistency you'd expect.

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    Reply 26 days ago

    Thank you! Oven temp is 450 F (as listed in step 4) o yeah I've used honey in fish recipes, and it's super good


    Question 26 days ago on Step 1

    You say use 'garlic powder' but the picture is of Garlic Salt. Which is correct? Your line item for soy sauce says "1/3" but does not specify the unit. Cups?

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    Answer 26 days ago

    Sorry for the confusion; garlic salt is just a mixture of garlic powder and salt, so the garlic flavor is just a but diluted but you can use either. And yes 1/3 cups of soy sauce sorry I'll have to change it