Salmon Honey Teriyaki

by jenna on February 6, 2013

Today I am celebrating my friend, Jaden, on her brand new cookbook, Healthy Asian Favorites!

If you guys can remember, last year about this time I flew to Florida with my friends Todd & Diane to help Jaden shoot all the photographs for this cookbook!! I can’t believe it’s finally out and it’s really neat to think I played just the tiniest of roles in the final product. It’s really a cool feeling to see it come to life as the beautiful book it is now! And the recipes? Oh my gosh. You guys, they are all so good. And easy. And healthy. You’re just going to love it.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes from the book, Salmon Honey Teriyaki. I love this recipe because of how easy it is! Just a couple simple ingredients is all you need for this fabulous weeknight meal.

Honey, mirin {Japanese rice wine}, soy sauce and sake all are you need to make this delicious honey teriyaki marinade.

A few months ago, Jaden sent me some of her special rice bran oil to play around in the kitchen with and ever since then I’ve been hooked. It’s great for high heat frying or sauteing because it has a very high smoke point and totally neutral taste. I used that to cook the salmon in today and it worked great.

Oh salmon, how I love thee.

I’m convinced I could eat this fish every day for the rest of my life and be completely happy. It’s delicious and oh-so-good for us.

After letting my salmon marinate for a couple hours while I finished work, I threw it on my sizzling skillet. I also made some brown rice and the Bok Choy with Garlic and Ginger recipe in the book to go with the salmon. It was a really good decision and made for a superb dinner!

I hope you guys enjoy this recipe straight out of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites! It’s going to become a staple in this house, for sure.

Salmon Honey Teriyaki

serves 4 {Adam and I ate the entire thing ourselves!}

from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites

Print this Recipe!


1 lb fresh salmon fillet

3 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

3 tbsp sake

2 tbsp honey

2 tsp cooking oil


Combine the soy sauce, mirin, honey, and sake in a resealable plastic bag. Add the salmon and mix well to coat. Place in the fridge to let marinate for 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

After salmon has marinated, remove from fridge and bag, reserving the marinade. Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add the salmon and sear for about 2 minutes per side. Turn the heat to low and add the remaining marinade. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes, until cooked through.


active time — 15 minutes

total time — ~3 hours

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Becky @ Olives n Wine February 6, 2013 at 4:05 am

I love Asian-inspired salmon recipes and this one looks like it would be delectable! How fun is it knowing that you were able to help your friends create this cookbook?? Can’t wait to see it in stores!


Anne February 6, 2013 at 4:36 am

I am with you on eating fish daily! I gre up in FLorida, and there were many days I realized I had seafood for all three meals!
I am a stong proponant of honoring the fish. Any fish recipe with an ingredient list that short is promising!!


Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 6, 2013 at 4:40 am

Salmon is amazingly delicious. Love this prep idea. I’ve used a maple glaze, but not honey. I like it!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 6, 2013 at 4:43 am

This combines two of my favourite things (salmon and Asian food) and I’m practically drooling! Great photos, Jenna! This book will most definitely be on my next Amazon order!


Averie @ Averie Cooks February 6, 2013 at 4:44 am

I remember your trip to Fla to help Todd, Diane, and Jaden with the shoot like it was yesterday. Time flies and the book is beautiful. And honey + teriyaki sounds beautiful too!


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 6, 2013 at 4:51 am

Salmon and honey are a perfect combination. Gotta try this asap!


Jenna February 6, 2013 at 5:13 am

I really need this cookbook. My family loves salmon. This looks great


Molly @ RDexposed February 6, 2013 at 5:23 am

Salmon is always a good choice!
Using photos from the original photo shoot for this post is an even better idea (if you did)!


Jenny @ BAKE February 6, 2013 at 5:24 am

Teriyaki salmon is one of my favourite ways to eat fish, I am going to have to try this recipe!


Annie @ What's Annie Making? February 6, 2013 at 6:00 am

This looks phenomenal! I think I’m going to need to add this cookbook to my collection. I always feel like I struggle making healthy asian food besides stir fry.


De @ Cooking for the Other Half February 6, 2013 at 6:01 am

These pictures are gorgeous, and that cookbook looks awesome!


Dana February 6, 2013 at 6:05 am

LOVE Salmon! That’s a beautiful cut of Salmon. This looks great!


Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots February 6, 2013 at 6:12 am

I love Asian marinades, they are so full of flavor! I have made something similar before and it was delicious!


Katy February 6, 2013 at 6:37 am

This is totally off topic, but I’m kind of going to miss single-girl Jenna. Probably because I am a single girl too and don’t like change. 🙂 But of course I am so very happy for you and Adam! I am just being nostalgic.


megan @ whatmegansmaking February 6, 2013 at 6:40 am

Sounds like a great cookbook and a great recipe. I have Jaden’s first cookbook and love it 🙂


taylor @ taylormade February 6, 2013 at 6:55 am

this looks so easy, quick, and delicious – always a good combo!


Makenzie Ann February 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

Yum 🙂 That looks sooooooooo yummy. Haven’t had salmon in awhile, I miss it!


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

I’ll have to check out her cookbook, sounds good! 😉


Jessica February 6, 2013 at 7:19 am

This looks delicious. Every now and then I want to do something different with salmon… this is perfect!


Amanda February 6, 2013 at 7:31 am

I was totally going to make this too… glad to know that you did and its awesome!!! Beautiful pictures!


erin February 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

this is one of my favorite dishes, and i’ve been looking for a recipe to call my own. also, does anyone else feel like winter is making them crave omega-3s? every. single. seafood recipe i’ve seen has made me drool, and i figure that has to be a nutritional deficiency haha.


Sarah @ Yogi in Action February 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

This looks delicious. And I love simple recipes. I will definitely be making this, and realistically, also be buying the cookbook.


Lily February 6, 2013 at 7:42 am

Wow, that is so awesome that you helped with the production of this beautiful cookbook! I admire anyone that can photograph food, and you do such an incredible job. I interned for a cookbook author over the summer and assisted her cookbook photo shoot in upstate NY. It was easily the best and most rewarding work week of my life! I learned how to style and shoot and prepare things in such a way that they would really shine and tempt in photographs.

I am so excited to try this recipe! I wrote in a Facebook comment that I just recently (3 days ago!) started adding fish to my vegetarian diet. Yummy!:)



a farmer in the dell February 6, 2013 at 8:05 am

how did you know that I was craving salmon? this looks amazing!


Anna |Apron Hearts| February 6, 2013 at 8:28 am

Great recipe and so simple!!! This salmon is perfectly browned, looks so delicious. I’ll definitely make it for dinner.


K February 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

Sounds divine! I’m making this tonight!!! What cooking oil did you use?


jenna February 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

I used the rice bran oil that I talked about in the post but you could use whatever you wanted!


K February 6, 2013 at 9:35 am

Thank you! I must have missed that as I read the post. I see it on the 2nd read, sorry! 🙂 I will get some and try it! I had another question – I was wondering if you remove the skin off the salmon before marinating and cooking? I never know what to do with the skin – if you are suppose to remove or leave it on? Some say if you leave it on, it tastes or smells more fishy (even using the best salmon like from Whole Foods, etc) … please advise on this. So excited to make this recipe – have been needing some GOOD salmon recipes and this is just PERFECT!


jenna February 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

I do not remove the skin before marinating – I remove it right before we eat it! It comes off much easier that way 🙂


K February 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Thank you for the great tip! I removed it before serving and it peeled off like buttah! The salmon was delicious – I think it would be nice with some grated ginger root in the marinate too … the flavors were good, but I needed a little more POP of flavor and I think the ginger might do that, I will try that next time, but hubby loved it too – this recipe will be a regular in our house!

K February 6, 2013 at 8:55 am

Oh, another question – do you remove the skin before you marinate and cook the salmon? I never know what to do – my husband says you take it off otherwise it tastes and smells fishy? (even using the best salmon from Whole Foods)… I see recipes with it on. Making tonight, so please advise! Thank you so much!


Kim @ Soliloquy Of Foods & Such February 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

Honey Teriyaki may replace my favorite salmon, Maple Honey Mustard.


K February 7, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Maple Honey Mustard? That sounds YUMMY! Would love that recipe. 🙂


deva by definition February 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

This is such a yummy looking and sounding recipe! I ADORE salmon so much – it’s so tasty!


Lisa February 6, 2013 at 9:09 am

Oh yum I’m going to add this to my salmon file, since I’m a faahreek about it.


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} February 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

Yum! Jaden’s book sounds awesome. And how cool that you got to be a part of it!


Caroline L. February 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

Salmon is soooo, so good. I can only imagine what this sauce does to it. Thanks for sharing, Jenna!


Carla February 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

How fish/seafood heavy is this cookbook, does anyone know? I like the idea of the cookbook but don’t eat much fish or seafood so I don’t know if it would be a good book for me…maybe a friend? Haha


Allie R. February 6, 2013 at 10:19 am

deeeelicious! Can’t get enough salmon recipes.


Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry February 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

Salmon marinated in a honey teriyaki sauce is one of my favorite ways to eat it. I’ll have to go out and buy a copy of Jadens new cook book!


Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

This looks so tasty!!


Morgan February 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Love this! My mom and I always make it this way without the marinade…guess ill try that next time 🙂

I’d love to see a post where you play iron chef/chopped and have Adam or someone put together a basket of random and (rather scary) ingredients. I’m sure he’d love to film that :p


mel tardy February 6, 2013 at 12:13 pm

ok, I’m sorry, but i just can’t eat fish. I’ve tried and tried but can’t do it.
HOWEVER, I READ YOUR BOOK!!! OMG, i picked it up and read it in less than day. Wonderful story and you did such a great job! I kinda felt like I “knew” you before reading it, so every chapter I’d sorta guess what was coming next. It was great and I’m copying the recipes so I don’t mess up the pages in the book, haha.


Valerie February 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Can I suggest recommending sustainable fish? The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a great app that indicates which fish are sustainable. For example Alaskan and British Columbia salmon is better than farmed Atlantic salmon which is associated with a lot of environmental problems.


Amber @ Mommy's Me Time February 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Yum! This looks amazing! That cookbook looks like a fun one to check out! 🙂


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 6, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I have a feeling that this marinade would be absolutely delicious with tofu. I will have to give it a try!


Jen February 6, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Are you planning to get rid of the “Read More” we have to click to read the whole post…? It takes forever to load.


Caroline @ chocolate & carrots February 7, 2013 at 4:59 am

You certainly know how to make salmon look AH-mazing!


Valerie February 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

Hi Jena! I’ve been reading your blog for a while but I haven’t commented in a while…I finally started my own blog featuring my photography, food and my oil paintings…I am hoping to get my business started as I reach out to more people …I love your blog and have tried many of your recipes! I was wondering if you could check out my blog and maybe follow? Help spread it around 🙂 It’s still missing my about page, but I am still trying to set it all up around caring for my two children and my hubby…thank you so much!

If you type the full address in Google using the http etc, you will get to my site


Laurie {Simply Scratch} February 7, 2013 at 7:13 am

That has to be the prettiest piece of salmon I ever did see {and I love how simple it is!}… I love Jaden and all her fabulous recipes and I can’t wait to get my mitts on her book!


Aggie February 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

What a beautiful piece of salmon!! I’m loving Jadens book!


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Dee February 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I just put a beautiful sockeye fillet on to marinate using this recipe. We like a little kick to our fish so I grated in a bit of fresh ginger but otherwise kept true to the recipe. I follow Jaden and am so pleased to hear great things about her cookbook. Thanks for sharing.


Emily @ Life on Food February 7, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I love salmon too. My husband only so so but that just means it is extra special when we do have some. This recipe looks divine!


Kim D February 8, 2013 at 8:29 am

wow, that looks delicious. what a coincidence that i’ve been looking for a simple, tasty marinade to use on salmon and now here it is. i’m going to check out that cookbook as well. thanks!


Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit February 8, 2013 at 11:41 am

I am certain the photos in the cookbook look amazing! This salmon has me salivating – I can’t wait to try it. 😀


Kay February 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I saw a write up in our local paper about Jaden’s cookbook since I live where Jaden lives. I’m sure it’s a great cookbook, and I’ll have to look for it one of these days.


Susan February 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I just can’t wait to prepare this recipe, I luv luv salmon. Thanks so much


nate May 28, 2013 at 7:19 am

This is great! Three of my favorite flavors all in one! Ha! Salmon is so fantastic and I’m always looking for ways to vary the recipes I use. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Can’t wait to try it!


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