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Baked Teriyaki Salmon with Tricolor Couscous and Asparagus

There is nothing like the comfort of being able to recreate your favorite flavors and meals at home after trying it at a restaurant. For the longest time, I’ve been ordering teriyaki salmon and teriyaki chicken at this one Japanese restaurant I always eat at. I’ve just never had the motivation to make it at home!

Well, it’s a LOT easier than I expected. Also, sometimes I realized I can’t always make everything from scratch. Well, I could but it would take up a lot of time.

I bought a bottle of teriyaki sauce from 365! The thing about bottle sauces is it can have a bad rep from the ingredients – preservatives, sugars, gums, etc. I just make sure I pick ones with natural ingredients – no high fructose corn syrups, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners or chemicals. Bottled sauces are actually convenient and a great choice if you read the nutrition label!!

Recently, I’ve been resorting more and more to quick and easy meals – yet nutritious and tasty! That’s what this baked teriyaki salmon is. Although it’s not a complex recipe, I just wanted to share with you all HOW I bake my salmon.

I usually just bake it with oil, salt, pepper and other spices!ย I always make sure I use oil because it helps seal in moisture and ALSO the nutrients. It’s almost like a protective outer layer!

Sometimes I bake it from frozen if I forgot to defrost (it happens). Most of the time, I remember to defrost it and bake it from thawed!

I always serve my choice of protein with some carbs/starch and vegetables on the side. It’s a balanced meal!

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Baked Teriyaki Salmon
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Baked Teriyaki Salmon with couscous and asparagus

Baked Teriyaki Salmon with Tricolor Couscous and Asparagus

Baked teriyaki salmon - glazed with a sweet soy sauce flavor and topped with sesame seeds and green onions. A great source of omega-3s! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Winnie Liong

Ingredients

Baked Teriyaki Salmon

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 salmon filets thawed
  • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce I used 365 Whole Foods
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • garnish of sesame seeds and green onions

Tricolor couscous

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Asparagus

  • 1 bundle asparagus
  • salt to taste

Instructions

Baked Teriyaki Salmon

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking mat with your salmon.

  2. Brush each salmon first with 1 tsp olive oil, then 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce.

  3. Add a sprinkle of garlic powder on top of each if desired.

  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until teriyaki glaze slightly browns. 

  5. Remove from oven. When still hot, top with more teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds and a garnish of green onions.

Tricolor couscous

  1. In a medium saucepan bring water and salt to a boil.

  2. Reduce to low-medium heat and add in couscous. Cook with lid on half. 

  3. Stir occasionally and cook util water is absorbed, about 9-10 minutes. 

  4. Remove from heat and let it stand for 2-3 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve! 

Steamed asparagus

  1. Prepare your steamer in a pot.

  2. Wash your asparagus stalks and cut off the stalks/ends.

  3. When water is boiling, turn to medium heat and add asparagus and steam for 4-5 minutes.

  4. Sprinkle with salt to taste. 

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