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Microwave Teriyaki Salmon Fillet

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Microwaving has long been relegated to the realm of reheating leftovers and popping bags of popcorn. But what if I told you that you could create a gourmet dish right in your microwave? Today, we’re breaking the microwave mold and diving into the world of culinary innovation with a recipe that will leave your taste buds tingling and your kitchen time reduced to mere minutes. Join me in discovering how to prepare a succulent Microwave Teriyaki Salmon Fillet, a quick and convenient option for those craving restaurant-quality flavors in the comfort of their own home.

Historical Context:

The concept of cooking fish in the microwave might seem relatively modern, but microwave ovens have been transforming the culinary landscape since their invention in the mid-20th century. Early microwave cooking was often experimental and fraught with challenges. Over the years, however, techniques have evolved, and today’s microwave recipes are a testament to convenience without compromising taste.


  1. Prepare the Teriyaki Marinade:
  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, grated ginger, and minced garlic. Whisk the ingredients together until well combined. If you prefer a thicker sauce, add the cornstarch and whisk until smooth.
  1. Marinate the Salmon:
  1. Place the salmon fillets in a microwave-safe dish or container. Pour the teriyaki marinade over the salmon, ensuring each fillet is well coated. Allow the salmon to marinate for 5-10 minutes, allowing the flavors to infuse.
  1. Cover and Microwave:
  1. If desired, cover the microwave-safe dish with a piece of aluminum foil to help retain moisture. Place the dish in the microwave.
  1. Microwave Cooking:
  1. Cook the salmon on medium-high power (around 70-80%) for 3-5 minutes, depending on your microwave’s wattage and the thickness of the fillets. For thinner fillets, start with 3 minutes; for thicker ones, opt for 5 minutes.
  1. Check Doneness:
  1. Carefully remove the dish from the microwave using oven mitts or a towel to avoid burns. Use a fork to gently flake the salmon. It should easily separate into flakes and appear opaque in the center. If needed, return it to the microwave for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  1. Serve Your Teriyaki Salmon:
  1. Transfer the beautifully cooked teriyaki salmon fillets to a serving platter. Drizzle any remaining teriyaki sauce from the dish over the fillets for an extra burst of flavor.
  1. Garnish and Enjoy:
  1. Garnish your Teriyaki Salmon Fillets with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and finely chopped green onions. This adds a delightful visual and textural element to the dish. Serve hot with your choice of steamed rice or steamed vegetables.

Pro Tips:

  • To enhance the depth of flavor, consider marinating the salmon for a longer duration, up to 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Don’t overcook the salmon. It’s crucial to check for doneness after the initial microwave cooking time and adjust accordingly to avoid drying out the fish.


In just a matter of minutes, you’ve unlocked the potential of your microwave oven, transforming it into a tool for culinary excellence. This Microwave Teriyaki Salmon Fillet recipe offers a delectable and time-saving option for seafood lovers, proving that gourmet meals can be created with ease in the comfort of your kitchen. So, the next time you’re pressed for time but craving a restaurant-quality dish, remember this innovative recipe that marries convenience with taste, all thanks to the magic of the microwave.


prep time
10 minutes.
cooking time
5 minutes.
total time
15 minutes.


  • crowave-safe dish or container with a lid

  • Microwave oven

  • Whisk

  • Small mixing bowl

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Fork

  • Aluminum foil (optional, for covering)

  • Serving platter


  • 2 boneless salmon fillets (approximately 6-8 ounces each)

  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (optional, for thickening)


Prepare the Teriyaki Marinade.
Marinate the Salmon.
Cover and Microwave.
Check Doneness.
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