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Grilled Teriyaki Salmon with Molasses Recipe

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon with Molasses

In this Grilled Teriyaki Salmon recipe, molasses is a star.

Used in place of sugar in this iconic sauce, molasses gives teriyaki sauce more depth and flavour as well as a wholesome kind of sweetness.

Instead of calling it grilled teriyaki salmon we should title this recipe “How to feed a crowd and have them all licking their fingers”

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon with Molasses

An endlessly versatile sauce:

  • This teriyaki sauce can be used with salmon steaks, fillets or strips of salmon threaded on skewers. You’ll find that the sauce helps to keep the fish moist during cooking.
  • A short marinating time deepens the flavour but isn’t necessary.
  • Feel free to adjust the seasoning if you like more or less ginger or garlic. You can also adapt the sweetness of the recipe by playing with the amount of molasses you include.
  • Try this sauce with shrimp, chicken or beef — that’s how versatile it is.
  • Homemade teriyaki sauce will last a couple of weeks in the fridge.
Grilled Teriyaki Salmon with Molasses

Grilled Teriyaki Salmon with Molasses Recipe

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Grilled Teriyaki salmon recipe with molasses. Used in place of sugar, it gives the sauce depth and flavour and a wholesome kind of sweetness.  Enough salmon for 4 people. (Salmon steaks, fillets or skinless pieces cut into strips for threading on skewers)

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 serving(s) 1x
  • Category: Entrees and sides


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Teriyaki Sauce

  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or tamari (gluten free)
  • 3 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil (can use toasted pumpkin seed oil)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar


  1. For the teriyaki sauce: 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.
  4. To cook the fish: Marinate salmon in half of the sauce for 15 to 30 minutes.
  5. When ready to cook fish remove from marinade, shake off excess and discard.
  6. Grill on the barbecue or broil, flipping halfway through cooking. (Time will depend on type of fish and cooking method.)
  7. Serve additional sauce alongside, if desired.


You can substitute Crosby’s Fancy Molasses for our Blackstrap or Cooking Molasses.


  • April 8, 2022


    Thanks for all those wonderful delicious recipes! Even if I know I won’t like one I send it along to my family members that I know will like it, and love to make it. Thanks so much. And please, keep on cooking! Cheers! Jeannette

  • September 30, 2018

    Karen Clement

    I was trying to sign up for your weekly recipe and I’m not sure it worked. Really like the one with the salmon teriyaki and love to cook with molasses.

    • October 1, 2018

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Karen, I just made sure that your name has been added so you’re all set.

  • May 22, 2015

    Dinah Savoury

    I have tried several recipes and i really like them.

  • May 22, 2015

    Dinah Savoury

    love cooking with molasses.

  • December 5, 2014

    Florence LeBlanc

    I would like to receive your weekly recipes

    • December 11, 2014

      Hi Florence, I see that you’re signed up for our recipes. Enjoy!

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