Grilled Teriyaki Salmon with a Molasses Twist

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teriyaki salmon

I should title this recipe “How to feed a crowd and have them all licking their fingers” because that was the scene at our cottage last weekend as supper was devoured. It’s a beautiful sight to see food so heartily enjoyed, especially when it takes all of five minutes to prepare. Prepared lovingly, nonetheless, but still everything was ready in a flash.

teriyaki salmon

Molasses is a teriyaki star. Used in place of sugar in this iconic sauce gives the sauce more depth and flavour as well as a wholesome kind of sweetness.

Used with salmon steaks, fillets or salmon strips on skewers this sauce helps to keep the fish moist during cooking. A short marinade deepens the flavour but isn’t necessary.

Try this sauce with shrimp, chicken or beef. That’s how versatile it is. Feel free to adjust the seasoning if you like more or less ginger or garlic. And gage your own sweet metre with the molasses.

This sauce will last a couple of weeks in the fridge.

teriyaki salmon


Grilled Teriyaki Salmon

Teriyaki Sauce

  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • ½ cup soya sauce or tamari (gluten free)
  • 5-6 Tbsp. Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • 1 ½ tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar


  • Enough salmon for 4 people. (Salmon steaks, fillets or skinless pieces cut into strips for threading on skewers)


For the teriyaki sauce:

  1. In a medium pot whisk cornstarch into water then whisk in remaining ingredients (except fish)
  2. Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly and cook until it begins to thicken (2-3 minutes).
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

To cook the fish:

  1. Marinate salmon in half of the sauce for about 30 minutes.
  2. When ready to cook fish remove from marinade, shake off excess and discard.
  3. Grill on the barbecue or broil, flipping halfway through cooking. (Time will depend on type of fish and cooking method)
  4. Serve additional sauce alongside, if desired.


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6 thoughts on “Grilled Teriyaki Salmon with a Molasses Twist

  1. Normand sauvé says:

    possible d’avoir vos recettes en français

  2. Normand sauvé says:

    En français SVP.

  3. Debbie says:

    Can I get a copy of your cookbooks by mail. On the back of the molasses container, it says we can but I don’t see anywhere on the website to order.
    Thanks, Debbie

    1. Hi Debbie, For a copy of our cookbook just forward your mailing address to me via email: Thanks.

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