Teriyaki Salmon Stir-Fry
Published Dec 10, 2021•Updated Sep 30, 2022
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Teriyaki Salmon Stir-Fry with Broccoli and Soba Noodles has everything: sweet and savory homemade teriyaki sauce, tender pieces of salmon, crunchy broccoli, and slurpable soba noodles. This amazing weeknight dinner can be prepped, cooked, and on the table in under an hour!
Stir-fries are weeknight workhorses and this one is unique. Salmon as the protein makes this one light and healthy. The homemade teriyaki sauce is sweet, savory, and impossible not to love.
TERIYAKI SALMON RECIPE VIDEO
HOMEMADE TERIYAKI SAUCE
Let’s talk homemade teriyaki sauce. You could spend more time selecting a sauce from the dozen or so options on the grocery store shelf than the time it actually takes to make teriyaki sauce from scratch. Not only is it made up of just a few simple ingredients, but it takes under a minute to whisk together, or shake-to-blend in a glass jar. The only ingredient you may not have is mirin, which is a Japanese sweet wine used for cooking. If you have trouble finding mirin, or you don’t have any at home, try my homemade teriyaki sauce recipe without mirin – it’s equally delicious!
Both versions are great for coating the soba noodles, rich salmon and tender broccoli.
WHAT ARE SOBA NOODLES AND HOW SHOULD YOU COOK THEM?
Soba noodles are thin Japanese buckwheat noodles with a slightly nutty taste. Soba noodles cook best when there’s a good amount of water in the pot. The extra water allows the noodles to move around so they don’t stick together.
ARE SOBA NOODLES GLUTEN-FREE?
Many brands are gluten-free, but some soba noodles do contain whole wheat flour to keep them shelf stable. If you’re looking for gluten-free soba noodles, be sure to check the package first.
HOW TO FIX GUMMY SOBA NOODLES
Because they’re sometimes prone to gumminess if overcooked, you’ll want to cook the noodles as close to the recommended cook time on the package as possible. To fix gummy Soba noodles, rinse them under cold water, and then place them in an ice bath. Bringing the noodles to a cool temperature with cold water stops the cooking process and rinses away excess starch.
- Salmon – Salmon’s mild, rich flavor doesn’t overwhelm the sweet and savory teriyaki sauce and makes this dish taste light and still hearty.
- Broccoli Florets – Quick cooking broccoli florets add crunchy texture to the stir-fry.
- Soba Noodles – I love the savory flavor of soba noodles here, but the stir-fry could just as easily be served over rice or another grain.
- Water – Stretches out the sauce so there is plenty to spoon over noodles
- Soy Sauce – I test all of my recipes with low-sodium soy sauce. It makes controlling the salt content easier. If you’re using regular soy sauce, reduce the measurement to 3 Tablespoons.
- Light Brown Sugar – Adds that classic teriyaki sweetness that we all love!
- Cornstarch – An easy way to thicken teriyaki sauce is by adding cornstarch.
- Mirin – A sweet, slightly tangy Japanese cooking wine that, when mixed with soy sauce, makes the sauce taste truly authentic and gives it a depth of flavor.
- Rice Vinegar – The acid in vinegar cuts through the sweetness of the brown sugar and gives the teriyaki sauce a perfectly balanced flavor.
- Fresh Garlic and Ginger– Cooking fresh, fragrant garlic together with tangy but sweet ginger adds so much flavor. Don’t skip these!
- Cooking Oil – Stay away from olive oil with this quick-cooking, high-heat recipe. Instead, go with a high-heat cooking oil like avocado, grapeseed, or vegetable oil.
- Sesame Seeds, for serving (optional) – Provides just a little extra crunch on top!
- Add more veggies – Veggies seamlessly blend into teriyaki stir-fry dishes. Try snap peas, sliced carrots, bell peppers, or onions for a colorful (and healthy) stir-fry.
- Use a natural sweetener- If you prefer a natural, unprocessed sweetener, substitute honey or agave for the brown sugar.
- Try different proteins – Teriyaki stir-fries are so easy to customize. Adding chicken, beef, or tofu after you’ve tried salmon.
More Recipes with Salmon
- Salmon Burgers with Creamy Lemon Herb Sauce
- Blackened Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde
- Foil-Roasted Salmon with Chickpeas and Greens
- Broiled Honey Lime Salmon
- Pan Seared Salmon and Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce
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Teriyaki Salmon Stir-Fry with Broccoli and Soba Noodles
- Mixing Bowl
- Wok or skillet
- 1/2 cup Water
- 1/4 cup Soy Sauce (see note)
- 3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar, packed
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
- 1 Tablespoon Mirin (see note)
- 1 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon grated Fresh Ginger
- Soba Noodles, for serving (optional — sub cooked rice)
- 1 pound Salmon, bite-sized cubes (see note)
- 4 Tablespoons Cooking Oil, divided (see note)
- 10 ounces Broccoli Florets
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- Sesame Seeds, for serving (optional)
- Whisk together all ingredients for the teriyaki sauce until evenly combined. Alternatively combine everything in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake well. (Note: you will need to whisk or shake extra well to eliminate any cornstarch lumps.)
- While cooking the stir-fry in the next steps, cook soba noodles (or rice) according to package directions.
- Pat the salmon cubes dry with paper towels and then season lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside. (Note: It is a good idea to let the salmon come up a couple of degrees out of the fridge. Very cold fish will have a tendency to stick to the pan more than less cold fish. However, if the fish will sit out for more than 10 minutes or so, it’s best to keep it in the fridge to maintain a safe temperature.)
- Heat a large nonstick pan or wok over medium-high heat.
- Add 2 Tablespoons cooking oil to the heated pan and then broccoli florets. Cook broccoli florets, stirring occasionally, until browning in spots, about 5 minutes.
- Pour water over broccoli and cover pan with a lid. Steam broccoli, covered, until tender but still crisp, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove broccoli florets from the pan and set them aside near the stove.
- Return pan to heat and let any excess water cook off.
- Reduce to medium. Add 2 Tablespoons cooking oil. When oil is hot, add salmon and cook on one side until golden brown. Gently flip salmon to cook on all sides until nearly cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes total.
- Pour sauce over salmon and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 minute until sauce thickens and coats salmon.
- Add broccoli to pan and gently fold everything together.
- Serve stir-fry over noodles with sesame seeds on top.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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