baked teriyaki salmon on top of white rice with broccoli in a black bowl.

Baked Teriyaki Salmon in Foil

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This baked teriyaki salmon in foil is so super easy! Just lay your salmon flat on a sheet pan, cover it with seasonings and marinade, and throw it in the oven. Within minutes, you’ll be feeding your family an incredibly quick, healthy, and flavorful dinner!

teriyaki salmon with lemon slices on top on a bed of rice in a black bowl.

What makes this baked teriyaki salmon so good?!

Not only does this salmon recipe allow you to get dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less, but it packs a ton of salty sweet flavor. It’s perfect for the entire family, kids and parents alike — and the kiddos won’t even be able to tell that it’s healthy for them too! 

Side note: growing up I always called salmon “orange chicken” and my parents were always too afraid to correct me. They thought that if I found out it was actually fish, then I’d stop eating it! 😂 So, there I was, little Alana requesting “orange chicken” nearly every week for dinner, unbeknownst to me that it was actually salmon the whole time.

That being said, it’s important to encourage your kids to eat all different kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins, as well as teaching them healthy eating habits. But until they’re ready to know the absolute truth, maybe leave a few unimportant details out to help guide them towards healthy eating. 😉

Ingredients

Ingredients for baked teriyaki salmon (see recipe for details)
  1. Salmon
  2. Garlic Powder
  3. Onion Powder
  4. Dried Dill
  5. Salt and Pepper
  6. Brown Sugar (optional)
  7. Teriyaki Sauce
  8. Olive Oil
  9. Lemon Slices (optional)

A few notes about the ingredients:

  1. I buy the large salmon from Costco and cut it into individual fillets. You can also leave the salmon whole (or cut it in half), but you may need to adjust the cooking time.
  2. When purchasing teriyaki sauce at the grocery store, I look for one that has recognizable ingredients (no added processed “junk”) and is on the thicker side.
  3. The brown sugar is optional. If you’d prefer not to include added sugar, leave it off, but it does help in developing a deliciously sweet and caramelized glaze on top of the salmon.
  4. The lemon slices are also optional. I feel that they help balance the sweetness of the sugar, but if you don’t want a ton of citrus flavor, then don’t add them.

How do you make baked teriyaki salmon?

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray (I also lined mine with tin foil to protect it from any burnt drippings). Lay your salmon fillets on the pan, leaving a space in between each one.

6 fillets on a foil lined sheet pan.

Combine the dried seasonings (not including the brown sugar) in a small bowl with salt and pepper. Sprinkle it on both sides of the salmon. Spoon brown sugar on top of each fillet and spread it around with the spoon. Add the teriyaki sauce on top of the brown sugar and spread it around too. 

6 fillets on a foil lined sheet pan with seasonings and sauce on top.

Top the fillets with thin lemon slices, if using. Then, add a light drizzle of olive oil over everything. Allow the salmon to sit for a few minutes (no longer than 30 minutes) to soak in all the great flavor.

6 fillets with seasonings, sauce, and lemon slices on a foil lined sheet pan.

If you prefer a softer salmon, fold tin foil around it to form a foil packet. If you like a crispier exterior on the salmon, leave the foil flat and open. 

baked teriyaki salmon with lemon slices and some caramelized sauce on a foil lined sheet pan.

Bake salmon in the oven for about 15 minutes or until it is flakey and opaque in the middle.

*The sauce that’s on the sheet pan or foil might burn a little bit, but the salmon should come out perfectly crisp and caramelized.

black bowl full of white rice, broccoli, and salmon with 2 spoons below it.

What can you serve with teriyaki salmon?

The great thing about teriyaki salmon is how versatile it can be. With it’s fairly mild flavor, you can serve it with (or on top of) a salad, white rice, veggie stir fry, or nearly any starch and/or vegetable combination. This Garlic Lemon Green Bean Recipe is a bright and tasty side dish that would go well with teriyaki salmon. You can also serve salmon on top of a bun with some fixings for quick and easy teriyaki salmon burgers.

What seasonings go well with salmon? And, how long should I marinate salmon?

Salmon is a pretty mild fish and pairs well with many different flavors. Teriyaki sauce, barbecue sauce, honey dijon mustard, lemons and capers, maple syrup and lime, cajun spice rub… the list can go on and on! Marinate the salmon for up to 30 minutes to allow it to soak up any seasonings and sauces you top it with. 

What makes this baked teriyaki salmon healthy?

Salmon is a delicious and healthy protein full of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help to lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease. It is also high in B vitamins and contains antioxidants, providing you with essential vitamins and minerals. In addition, baking this salmon allows you to minimize the amount of added cooking oils. When looking for and purchasing a teriyaki sauce at your grocery store, be sure to check the label for recognizable ingredients!

One more tip

  • For a delicious sweet and smoky salmon, cook this salmon on top of a cedar board on your barbecue grill. Soak the board in water a few hours prior to cooking so it doesn’t burn. Grill over medium heat until the salmon caramelizes and cooks through in the middle. Cedar grilling boards are often found in the grilling aisle of the grocery store or hardware store.
baked teriyaki salmon in a black bowl with 2 glasses of rosé wine next to it.

Looking for more healthy dinner recipes? Try these:

Share your cooking with me! If you make this recipe, I’d love to know! Tag @yourhomemadehealthy on Instagram or leave a comment with a rating and some feedback at the bottom of this page!

baked teriyaki salmon on a bed of rice in a black bowl with a fork.

Baked Teriyaki Salmon in Foil

Baked teriyaki salmon in foil is the best weeknight meal. Full of flavor and healthy fats, it's a quick easy dinner for the whole family!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 6 servings

Equipment

  • sheet pan

Ingredients
  

  • 6 fillets of salmon (around 24 ounces total)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dried dill
  • ½ tsp salt or to taste
  • ½ tsp pepper or to taste
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar optional
  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • thinly sliced lemon slices for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray (I also lined mine with tin foil to protect it from any burnt drippings).
  • Lay your salmon fillets on the pan, leaving a space in between each one.
  • Combine the dried seasonings (not including the brown sugar) in a small bowl with salt and pepper. Sprinkle it on both sides of the salmon.
  • Spoon brown sugar on top of each fillet and spread it around with the spoon. Add the teriyaki sauce on top of the brown sugar and spread it around too. 
  • Top the fillets with thin lemon slices, if using. Then, add a light drizzle of olive oil over everything. Allow the salmon to sit for a few minutes (no longer than 30 minutes) to soak in all the great flavor.
  • If you prefer a softer salmon, fold tin foil around it to form a foil packet. If you like a crispier exterior on the salmon, leave the foil flat and open. 
  • Bake salmon in the oven for about 15 minutes or until it is flakey and opaque in the middle.
  • *The sauce that’s on the sheet pan or foil might burn a little bit, but the salmon should come out perfectly crisp and caramelized.

Notes

  1. I buy the large salmon from Costco and cut it into individual fillets. You can also leave the salmon whole (or cut it in half), but you may need to adjust the cooking time.
  2. When purchasing teriyaki sauce at the grocery store, I look for one that has recognizable ingredients (no added processed “junk”) and is on the thicker side.
  3. The brown sugar is optional. If you’d prefer not to include added sugar, leave it off, but it does help in developing a deliciously sweet and caramelized glaze on top of the salmon.
  4. The lemon slices are also optional. I feel that they help balance the sweetness of the sugar, but if you don’t want a ton of citrus flavor, then don’t add them.
  5. For a delicious sweet and smoky salmon, cook this salmon on top of a cedar board on your barbecue grill. Soak the board in water a few hours prior to cooking so it doesn’t burn. Grill over medium heat until the salmon caramelizes and cooks through in the middle. Cedar grilling boards are often found in the grilling aisle of the grocery store or hardware store.
Keyword Dinner Recipe, Healthy Recipe, Salmon, Weeknight Meal

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