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What To Serve With Teriyaki Salmon [17 Side Dishes]

Teriyaki salmon is a favorite in my household. The sweet and sticky sauce mixed with the meaty but delicate salmon is just delicious.

Need some inspiration on what to serve with teriyaki salmon? Here’s my list of go-to side dishes that are guaranteed to impress.

Teriyaki salmon is best served with Japanese side dishes such as sticky rice, vegetable rolled omelet, green beans gomaae, and miso soup. You can also serve it with healthy vegetables like bok choy, kale, asparagus, and broccoli. Noodles are an excellent choice too.

Japanese sides

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!

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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.

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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.

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Japanese potato salad

Think of this as the creamy cousin of your traditional potato salad, but with a Japanese twist. It’s soft, slightly sweet, and utterly comforting. The secret? A dash of sake, a sprinkle of sugar, and kewpie mayo.

Serve it chilled alongside your teriyaki salmon, and watch it become the talk of the table. And if you’re feeling adventurous, add some thinly sliced cucumbers or carrots for that extra crunch.

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Miso soup

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.

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Rolled omelet

Tamagoyaki, or rolled omelet, is a staple in Japanese cuisine. It’s sweet and savory a the same time, but isn’t too on your face.

The technique to make it takes some practice, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s pretty easy. The key is to be patient (but the linked recipe has a lot more tips).

Psst… I like to strain the egg mixture through a sieve to catch any egg white that hasn’t fully incorporated. That way the end result is a much smoother yellow color.

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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.

Egg fried rice

A quick, hearty side that never disappoints. Egg fried rice is the ultimate comfort food, with fluffy rice, bits of egg, and a hint of soy sauce for that umami kick.

It’s the perfect backdrop for your teriyaki salmon, providing a simple base so the flavors of the salmon can shine. And the best part? It’s a great way to use up leftover rice.

Psst… I like eating it cold for breakfast too.

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Quinoa edamame salad

Quinoa or couscous are great alternative starchy side dishes you can serve with your teriyaki salmon because they’re 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 grains with edamame, cucumbers, bell peppers, and crushed peanuts.

Enjoy your teriyaki salmon with this colorful side for the ultimate nutrient-packed meal.

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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 gingery noodle bowl is so moreish, and you can have it on the table in just 15 minutes. Pop a slice of teriyaki salmon on top and you have a quick and healthy lunch ready to go.

You’ll probably want to double this recipe from Choosing Chia and save some for later!

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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.

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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.

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Sesame oil blanched broccoli

This side dish is all about simplicity and flavor. Blanched broccoli, still crisp and bright green, gets a makeover with a drizzle of toasted sesame oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. It’s healthy, quick, and packs a punch of flavor.

Pair it with your teriyaki salmon for a balanced meal. And for an extra kick, a pinch of red pepper flakes does wonders.

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Asparagus with lemon

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!

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Bok choy salad

Crispy, fresh, and slightly peppery, bok choy is an excellent salad base (baby bok choy specifically). Here it’s mixed with carrots and radish, so there’s loads of crunch to contrast the soft salmon.

And like with most salads, the advice is to hold of dressing it until just before serving so things don’t get limp and soggy.

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Fusion twists

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?

Quick pickles

You can pickle pretty much anything you want, and cucumbers or carrots are popular in Asian cuisine. But if you want to take things up a notch, why not try pickling fennel?

Pickling brings out the fennels natural sweetness and of course there’s a sharpness which will help cut through the sweet and sticky teriyaki sauce.

Pssst… don’t leave the pickling juice out – it makes a great sauce. Drizzle some over your teriyaki salmon and thank me later.

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Kale chips

A healthier alternative to potato chips that taste just as good? It’s got to 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, which is what I recommend for the teriyaki salmon. Or you can get creative with toppings like nutritional yeast, lime zest, or chili powder.

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Fruity salsa

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.

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What To Serve With Teriyaki Salmon [17 Side Dishes]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your teriyaki salmon.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: teriyaki salmon side dishes, what to serve with teriyaki salmon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 143kcal


  • 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, kale chips, fruity salsa, egg fried rice, quinoa and edamame salad, vegetable harumaki, green beans gomaae, ginger sesame noodles, bok choy salad, lemon butter pasta, Japanese potato salad, asparagus with lemon, roll omelet, broccoli, and miso soup.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 143kcal

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