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Sesame Ginger Sweet Teriyaki Salmon with Garlic Quinoa Stir-fry

Delicious sesame ginger sweet teriyaki salmon served with a veggie-packed garlic quinoa stir-fry. This bright, flavorful dish is perfect for meal prep and weeknight dinners.
Course Dinner, Fish, Salmon
Keyword teriyaki salmon
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen

Ingredients

  • For the Salmon & marinade:
  • 1 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound salmon
  • For Quinoa Stir-fry:
  • 3/4  cup  quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups  sugar snap peas or snow peas
  • Extras
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, if desired
  • extra soy or teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the marinade ingredients: teriyaki sauce, olive oil, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and honey. Place salmon in large ziploc bag and add marinade.
  2. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour. (I marinated my salmon in a baking pan because I ran out of ziploc bags.)
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Spray baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Remove salmon from ziploc bag and place skin side down. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until salmon easily flakes with fork. I found that 18 minutes was absolutely perfect. **See notes for additional information on cooking times.
  4. While salmon is cooking, prepare quinoa stir-fry. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water with garlic salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. 
  5. Reduce heat to low, add quinoa and cover; simmer until all liquid is absorbed. 

  6. Remove from heat and let stand another 5-10 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and set aside. 
  7. While quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic, ginger, and sliced bell peppers; cook for 1-2 minutes. Add sugar snap peas and cook for 2 minutes more. 
  8. Add quinoa to vegetables, then add salt and pepper to taste and red pepper flakes if desired.
  9. Spoon quinoa stir-fry evenly into 4 bowls or plates. Immediately place salmon on top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro. Glaze with extra teriyaki sauce. DIG IN!

Recipe Notes

Inspired by How Sweet Eat's Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon

Salmon is very sensitive and can dry out easily if overcooked, so make sure you watch your fish! For every inch of thickness of the salmon, generally it takes about 10 minutes to cook. Usually salmon fillets are about 1 1/2 inches thick.

Preparing quinoa ahead of time makes this dish even easier; simply reheat quinoa and add to stir fried veggies.