If you’re wondering what to serve with your teriyaki salmon, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 17 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.
Japanese rice balls
Bored with the usual white rice to serve with your teriyaki salmon?
Form your rice into balls and sprinkle them with furikake seasoning. Then wrap them in nori.
You can also be creative and turn your rice balls into adorable shapes like pandas, piglets, or bunnies.
Your rice will never be boring again!
Chopsticks Chronicles’ rice balls are as pretty as they are tasty!
Asian cucumber salad
Cucumber is a light and fresh vegetable. But by itself, it doesn’t have much of a flavor.
So, let’s take a basic cucumber salad to the next level by infusing it with an Asian twist.
The flavor of this dish lies in a tangy vinaigrette dressing with ginger and chili paste.
It’s an ideal accompaniment to your fried or grilled teriyaki salmon.
This Asian cucumber salad from Feasting at Home will last 3 days in the fridge- if it makes it that long!
Tip: Salt the cucumber beforehand to help release liquid and create a more flavorful salad.
Curtido is a pickled cabbage slaw delight. It’s slightly spicy, sweet, and oh-so-tangy.
Spicy curtido is commonly served with corn cakes.
But you can pair it with just about anything, including your pan-fried teriyaki salmon.
Don’t leave the pickling juice out – it makes for a great sauce.
Pour some over your teriyaki salmon and thank me later!
This zippy pickled delight from Mexican Please just might replace your traditional coleslaw.
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.
This version of kale chips is sprinkled with nutritional yeast to give it a nice ‘pop’.
The taste? Almost like a delicious cheesy flavor without actually having any cheese in the recipe.
Minimalist Baker has a recipe that tastes like cheesy, garlicky kale Doritos!
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.
Such a cool and refreshing dish!
Garlic roasted potatoes
Looking for a potato side dish to serve with your teriyaki salmon?
This crunchiest and crispiest roasted potatoes recipe will be a hit with all of your guests.
It’s seasoned with garlic, parmesan cheese, and thyme.
You can also garnish it with freshly fried bacon bits to take it to a whole new level.
If you want to cut down your cooking time, bake your salmon alongside the baby potatoes all on the same sheet pan.
You’ll be amazed at how simple and delicious this combo is.
I recommend this garlic roasted potatoes recipe from Feel Good Foodie.
Couscous is a great alternative to rice if you’re not in a rice mood.
It’s high in protein and enriched with vitamins and minerals, so it’s one of the healthier options on this list.
This Israeli couscous recipe from Two Kooks in the Kitchen is a total treat for your tastebuds!
With a crisp shell holding a molten filling of pork, vegetables, and mushrooms, Harumaki is essentially a Japanese spring roll.
These rolls are usually served as appetizers, but they’re also a great accompaniment to serve with your teriyaki salmon.
For this recipe, the harumaki are baked and not deep-fried, making them a not-so-guilty pairing for your salmon.
Give this recipe from Aromatic Essence a try, and taste how it’s different from spring rolls from other cultures.
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 really well.
Other vegetables you can try for gomaae are spinach, asparagus, and broccoli.
Visit Just One Cookbook for this healthy Japanese side dish.
Ginger sesame noodles
Craving some Asian noodles to match your Japanese-style teriyaki salmon?
This vegetable-filled and extra saucy noodle bowl is so moreish.
Serve along with your equally saucy teriyaki salmon to round out your meal.
You may just want to double this recipe from Halfbaked Harvest and save some for later!
Apple cranberry walnut salad
This recipe is full of walnuts, apples, dried cranberries, and cheese covered in apple cider vinaigrette dressing.
Exploding with flavors!
This recipe from Creme de la Crumb can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger group.
Lemon butter pasta
One of the easiest pasta dishes you’ll ever make is lemon butter pasta.
The zesty and lemony sauce of the pasta makes a perfect contrast to the sweet-tasting grilled teriyaki salmon.
These two are a match made in heaven!
To get your dose of citrusy spaghetti, check out Giadzy’s foolproof recipe (served in her Las Vegas restaurant!).
Planning to have an all-Japanese meal?
Make a version of potato croquettes known as korokke.
They’re mixed with chopped meat, seafood, or vegetables shaped into patties and served with a creamy, white sauce.
Crunchy on the outside, fluffy, and a little bit sweet on the inside.
Serve these with finely shredded cabbage and your baked teriyaki salmon for a lovely bento box lunch.
Head over to RecipeTinEats for this crowd-pleasing side dish.
Asparagus with creamy lemon sauce
Let the flavor of crisp-tender asparagus shine through by dressing it with a creamy lemon sauce.
The bright flavors of this dish add a pungent touch to your flaky and sweet teriyaki salmon.
Check out this mouthwatering lemon garlic roasted asparagus recipe from Evolving Table.
Panko fried oysters
These crunchy panko fried oysters contrast with the salmon’s flakey, melt in your mouth texture so well.
Looking to impress your guests? Serving oysters with your meal will elevate it to the next level.
No Recipes has a recipe to help you get the crunchiest panko-fried oysters you’ll ever make.
Stir-fried broccoli and mushrooms
Raise your hand if you’re a big fan of stir-fry!
Stir-fried broccoli and mushrooms is a quick side dish loaded with fresh, seasonal vegetables.
This dish is perfectly fine to eat on its own but made even better with grilled meat or fish such as salmon.
This stir-fry recipe from Cooktoria is super easy to tweak to your personal preferences.
Bring a taste of Japan into your cooking with some authentic Japanese miso soup.
Its base is a broth called dashi made from strips of dried kelp and dried smoked bonito flakes.
You can serve it simply with green onions or add a variety of ingredients to make delicious flavor-packed combinations.
This warming and comforting dish makes the perfect side for any Japanese meal.
Teriyaki salmon included.
Learn how to make a classic Japanese miso soup from scratch following this recipe from The Works of Life.
The best side dishes for teriyaki salmon
- 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
- Miso soup
What To Serve With Teriyaki Salmon
- 1 portion teriyaki salmon
- 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.