This article was updated on 30th July 2023 for clarity and to improve text readability.
If you’re wondering what to serve with your teriyaki salmon, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 51 of the most popular side dishes for teriyaki salmon.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
Teriyaki salmon is best served with Japanese side dishes such as sticky rice, vegetable harumaki, gomaae, kaki fry, korokke, and miso soup. You can also serve it with healthy vegetables like roasted potatoes, kale, asparagus, and broccoli with mushrooms. Salads and noodles are excellent choices, too.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Japan is the home of teriyaki sauce, so it’s a no-brainer to pair your salmon with authentic or Japanese-inspired dishes. Easy bites like steamed edamame, spinach gomaae, or cool cucumber salad balance out the rich taste of the salmon.
For a fun twist, give tempura veggies a try. They’re crispy, delicious, and a perfect match for the salmon.
Japanese rice balls
Bored with the usual white rice to serve with your teriyaki salmon? Take the extra time to whip up a batch of these onigiri instead.
Form your rice into balls, sprinkle them with furikake seasoning, then wrap them in nori. The process is simple but allows you to be creative. You can turn your rice balls into adorable shapes like pandas, piglets, or bunnies.
Your rice will never be boring again!
Harumaki is essentially a Japanese spring roll with a crisp shell holding a hot filling of pork, chicken, shrimp vegetables, and mushrooms. They’re usually served as appetizers, but they’re also a great accompaniment if you want something crispy with your teriyaki salmon.
And don’t worry if you haven’t made spring rolls before. Just One Cookbook includes step-by-step pictures to help you. You’ll be rolling out a platter of harumaki in no time.
Green beans gomaae
Gomaae (pronounced “go-maa-e”) means “dressed in sesame sauce” in Japanese.
The nutty, savory sesame sauce complements the fresh and earthy flavor of the green beans and your teriyaki salmon’s sweet-savory notes
Not a fan of green beans? No worries, you can still use gomaae with other veggies like spinach, asparagus, and broccoli. I also like using carrots to add a bright pop of color to my plate.
Planning to have an all-Japanese meal? Complete the spread with these Japanese potato croquettes also known as korokke.
They’re made with boiled and mashed potatoes that have been mixed with chopped meat, seafood, or vegetables, shaped into patties, then served with a creamy, white sauce.
These golden delights are crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a tad of sweetness. Serve them with finely shredded cabbage and your baked teriyaki salmon for a lovely bento box lunch.
No Japanese meal is complete without a piping hot bowl of miso soup.
Its base is a broth called dashi, made from strips of dried kelp and smoked bonito flakes. You can serve it simply with green onions but the Woks of Life goes the extra mile and adds spinach leaves and soft tofu to make this soup heartier and healthier.
Pssst… the leftover kelp also makes for a great side salad.
Panko fried oysters
Can’t get enough seafood? Enjoy your teriyaki salmon with a generous serving of these panko-fried oysters.
Also known as kaki fry, the trick with these lies in the batter. The oysters are first dredged in flour, then egg, and finally coated in panko breadcrumbs. This technique ensures every inch of the oysters is well-covered.
These crispy oysters go great with a creamy mayo dip or ponzu, but they also taste fabulous with teriyaki sauce. So if you have any leftovers from your salmon, there’s no need to make an extra dip!
Comforting starches go great with teriyaki salmon. Soft jasmine rice or hearty noodles can soak up all the tasty teriyaki sauce. Or if you want a more familiar side, a baked potato or roasted potatoes with rosemary are a winning choice.
Garlic roasted potatoes
These roasted potatoes will be a hit with all of your guests. They’re crisp, tender, and seasoned with garlic, parmesan cheese, and thyme, making them extra tasty.
If you want to cut down your cooking time, you can even bake your salmon alongside the baby potatoes all on the same sheet pan. Now that’s what I call a time-saver!
Pssst… you can also garnish it with freshly fried bacon bits for a play on a little surf-and-turf.
Couscous is a great alternative starchy side dish you can serve with your teriyaki salmon because it’s high in protein and enriched with vitamins and minerals.
And Two Kooks in the Kitchen’s recipe takes it a step further by mixing the couscous with roasted veggies and wilted spinach leaves.
Enjoy your teriyaki salmon with this colorful couscous side for the ultimate nutrient-packed meal.
Ginger sesame noodles
Craving some Asian noodles to match your Japanese-style teriyaki salmon? These sesame noodles have your back.
This vegetable-filled and extra saucy noodle bowl is so moreish, especially when you opt for shiitake mushrooms. They’re more expensive than regular button mushrooms, but I think the flavor upgrade is totally worth it.
You’ll probably want to double this recipe from Halfbaked Harvest and save some for later!
Lemon butter pasta
Lemon butter pasta is one of the easiest pasta dishes you’ll ever make. It may sound plain, but the zesty notes of the lemon butter sauce makes a perfect contrast to the sweet-tasting grilled teriyaki salmon.
The best part? It only requires basic pantry staples and you can have it on the table in just 20 minutes.
Giadzy keeps it traditional with spaghetti noodles, but I also love using fusilli and farfalle — those folds and ridges are excellent for capturing that delicious sauce.
Vegetables and salads
Balance out the decadent flavors of your teriyaki salmon with a fresh and vibrant side salad or vegetable dish. A zesty cucumber salad would be simple and delicious Or if you’re up for a bit of adventure, how about exploring the world of Japanese seaweed salads?
Asian cucumber salad
Cucumber is a light and fresh vegetable, but it doesn’t have much flavor on its own. That’s why Feasting At Home tosses these crisp cucumber slices in a vinaigrette seasoned with ginger and chili paste.
This simple dressing infuses the cukes with a tangy flavor and a mildly spicy kick that pairs superbly with your teriyaki salmon’s sweet-savory flavor.
But you don’t have to stop with a vinaigrette! You can also add fresh herbs like basil or even chopped peanuts for an extra crunch.
Stir-fried broccoli and mushrooms
Raise your hand if you’re a big fan of stir-fry! This broccoli and mushrooms stir-fry is a quick side dish loaded with fresh, seasonal vegetables.
This dish is perfectly fine to eat on its own but it’s even better alongside sticky, sweet-salty teriyaki salmon and a cup of steamed rice.
Pssst… don’t like broccoli? No worries, you can easily use other veggies. I also like making this recipe with Brussels sprouts!
Asparagus with creamy lemon sauce
Roasted asparagus is another easy side dish you can serve with your teriyaki salmon.
Under the oven’s heat, the spears get tender and lightly charred, adding a hint of smokiness. Evolving Table also adds a spritz of lemon juice just before serving, but I also like adding a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for an extra nutty, umami twist.
Just make sure not to overcook these to avoid getting mushy spears!
Apple cranberry walnut salad
Say goodbye to boring salads with this easy recipe! Instead of just leafy greens, Creme De La Crumb steps it up and adds fresh apple slices and cranberries to bring a fruity twist that will go nicely with your sticky teriyaki salmon.
And to tie all the ingredients together, everything is tossed in a tangy homemade vinaigrette with just the slightest hint of sweetness.
Creme De La Crumb also adds feta cheese for a bit of saltiness, but I prefer using baby mozzarella balls.
If you’re looking to switch things up with your teriyaki salmon, a fusion twist may be what you need. Why not take inspiration from Mexican cuisine and whip up a fruity salsa for an added sweet kick to your teriyaki salmon?
Curtido is a pickled cabbage slaw delight. It’s slightly spicy, sweet, and oh-so-tangy. It’s commonly enjoyed alongside corn cakes.
But you can pair it with just about anything, including your pan-fried teriyaki salmon for the perfect contrast.
Pssst… don’t leave the pickling juice out – it makes for a great sauce. Pour some over your teriyaki salmon and thank me later!
Cheesy kale chips
A healthier alternative to potato chips that taste just as good? It’s gotta be kale chips.
Crispy kale is an excellent snack on its own. But it also makes for a perfect low-calorie side alongside some tender salmon.
You can get away with just a sprinkle of sea salt on these crispy treats, but Minimalist Baker uses nutritional yeast for an extra umami boost.
The taste? Almost like a delicious cheesy flavor without actually having any dairy in the recipe.
A great way to add an excellent contrast to your meal is with a pineapple and mango salsa. The freshness of these fruits and the slight heat in the salsa will add a nice subtle kick to your meal.
Spoon it over your freshly grilled teriyaki salmon, and dig in! Little Broken suggests refrigerating the pineapple and mango salsa before serving, and I have to agree. So it’s better to make this an hour or two before your teriyaki salmon.
What To Serve With Teriyaki Salmon – 51 Side Dishes
- 1 portion japanese rice balls
- 1 portion pineapple mango salsa
- 1 portion lemon butter pasta
- 1 portion miso soup
- 1 portion spicy curtido
- 1 portion cheesy kale chips
- … and more
- Prepare your teriyaki salmon according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Sides include: Japanese rice balls, Asian cucumber salad, spicy curtido, cheesy kale chips, fruity salsa, garlic roasted potatoes, couscous salad, vegetable harumaki, green beans gomaae, ginger sesame noodles, apple cranberry walnut salad, lemon butter pasta, potato korokke, asparagus with creamy lemon sauce, panko fried oysters, stir-fried broccoli and mushrooms, and miso soup.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.