Asian-Style Salmon with Sweet Teriyaki and Spicy Wasabi Sauces


My husband raved when I made this Asian-style salmon, and he doesn’t usually like salmon. The sweet soy teriyaki and spicy wasabi sauces are a delicious compliment to this meaty fish. The naturally dairy-free recipe is fairly easy to prepare, and even easier to cook. It’s also a great dish for entertaining. I’ve even brought it to a holiday potluck, where it was quickly devoured.

Asian-Style Salmon Recipe with Sweet Teriyaki and Spicy Wasabi Sauces (naturally dairy-free, nut-free & optionally gluten-free)Photo by Maggie Hoffman

Amazing Asian-Style Salmon with Easy Sweet & Spicy Sauces

For ordinary dinners, I like to serve this Asian-style salmon over rice and with steamed vegetables. So I’ve adapted this recipe to make enough sauce for drizzling over everything.

If you opt to make wild salmon, keep in mind that it is a meatier fish. If you want to serve more tender fillets, opt for farmed. If concerned about sustainability, there are some sustainable farmed salmon sources, but I like to use steelhead fillets (also known as rainbow trout). They are typically sustainably farmed, often local, and we like the taste even better than salmon.

Asian-Style Salmon Recipe with Sweet Teriyaki and Spicy Wasabi Sauces (naturally dairy-free, nut-free & optionally gluten-free)

Special Diet Notes: Saucy Asian-Style Salmon

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and peanut-free.

  • For soy-free Asian-style salmon, you can substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce.
Asian-Style Salmon with Teriyaki and Wasabi Sauces
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This recipe is adapted from Epicurious. It makes enough sauces for drizzling over rice and vegetables too! Please note that the prep time is hands on time only. Allow an hour for marinating.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Japanese
Serves: 4 servings
Asian-Style Salmon
  • ½ cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or wheat free tamari (for gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
Sweet Teriyaki Sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce or wheat free tamari
  • ½ cup honey (use a mild one, like clover)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
Spicy Wasabi Sauce
  • 4 teaspoons wasabi powder
  • 2 tablespoons water
Asian-Style Salmon
  1. In a baking dish, whisk together the mirin, soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger. Add the salmon, skin sides up. Cover and let the fish marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. When ready to cook, preheat your broiler and grease the rack of a broiler pan.
  3. Place the salmon, skin sides down, on your prepared broiler pan rack. Place the pan 5 to 7 inches from the heating element and broil the salmon until it is just cooked through, about 6 minutes.
Teriyaki Sauce
  1. Put the soy sauce, honey, and lime juice in a small saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, while whisking, until it thickens a little, about 4 minutes.
Wasabi Sauce
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the wasabi powder and water until smooth.
  2. Plate the salmon and drizzle it with the teriyaki and wasabi sauces.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 fillet + 1 tablespoon sauces Calories: 357 Fat: 10.5g Saturated fat: 1.5g Carbohydrates: 34.3g Sugar: 25.8g Sodium: 1235mg Fiber: .5g Protein: 25.8g Cholesterol: 34.1g

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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