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Grilled Orange-Teriyaki Salmon

Grilled Orange-Teriyaki Salmon

Amp up your grilled fish game with this delicious orange-teriyaki salmon recipe! It makes the perfect weeknight meal.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: East Asian, Fusion
Keyword: fish, grilled salmon, orange-teriyaki salmon, salmon, teriyaki
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 4 salmon fillets 6 ounces each with skin attach on the bottom
  • vegetable oil to brush on your fish and oiling your grill grates
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce or low-sodium tamari for GF option
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice fresh squeezed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  • Simmer soy sauce, water, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, orange juice, ginger, and garlic powder in a medium saucepan over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring often, until the sugar has dissolved and mixture is well combined.
  • Combine cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl to form the cornstarch slurry.
  • Increase the heat on your stovetop to medium-high. Once the teriyaki sauce has an active simmer, whisk in the slurry. It will begin to thicken fairly quickly. The sauce should easily coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, cover, and keep warm until ready to use.
  • Preheat your grill for medium heat or 35o degrees F.
  • Once fully heated, oil the grill grates well using a large pair of tongs and folded paper towels dipped in oil. Make several passes to create a non-stick surface. As mentioned above, if fish does not have the skin attached, consider cooking it either on a plank or cast-iron pan.
  • Brush fish with oil and place it flesh side down on the grill grates. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes. The fish will naturally release when it's ready.
  • Use a large metal spatula to flip it onto the skin side gently.
  • Close the grill lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Separate the teriyaki sauce in half—Reserve half of it for serving.
  • Brush salmon with the other half of teriyaki sauce. Make a light coating, and apply it again a few minutes later.
  • Let the fish cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  • Remove salmon fillets from the grill, and place them onto a platter. Drizzle with warmed reserved sauce (you can pop it in the microwave for a few seconds or rewarm briefly on the stovetop). Serve immediately.
  • Optional step: garnish the fish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
  • *See recipe notes below for other grilling methods and oven method.


  • Plank method: Plank grilling is the easiest method for beginners. Pre-soak your cedar or alder wood plank in lukewarm water for 30 minutes before using it. Lay the salmon skin-side down on the plank, brush the flesh with oil, and place it into your grill. There is no need to turn the fish. 
  • Cast-iron method: If you are using a cast-iron pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and let it heat up for a few minutes before adding the fish. Sear the flesh side, and gently turn it over on the skin side to finish cooking. Recommended: 12" pan.
  • Oven Method: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Follow the sauce-making steps outlined in the recipe. Split the sauce in half as instructed. Place the fish, skin-side down onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Carefully brush half of the teriyaki sauce onto the flesh portion of the fish. Bake for 20 minutes or until the fish reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Remove fish from the oven and plate. Warm the reserved half of the sauce in your microwave or on your stovetop. Drizzle sauce over salmon, and serve.


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1143mg | Potassium: 952mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 109IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg