Teriyaki King Salmon With Tri-Color Quinoa

My little one is a big fish lover, salmon in particular.  As if he was not already a big enough fan, a summer trip to Alaska and his exposure to incredible fresh salmon made him crave it even more. While traveling in Alaska we visited the Kenai River, the longest river in the Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska running 82 miles in length.  The Kenai River is known as the most popular sport fishing destination in Alaska, particularly for King salmon.


Visiting the Kenai River was a truly amazing experience.  The river was still and almost mystical-looking in areas upstream. Tall snow-capped mountain peaks were visible in the distance and provided a stark contrast to the low, heavily vegetated, river banks.  A well-known nesting area for bald eagles, we spotted over 75 perched high above in the treetops during our time spent on the river.


Further downstream, the shores were crowded with eager amateur fishermen, knee-deep in the cold water, in search of the perfect salmon. I truly didn’t think I liked salmon until I was in high school, and even then, it was only in small doses. But after our summer travels and our rafting adventure down the Kenai, is not surprising,  that Alaskan King salmon has become a new favorite in our house.


For those who don’t know, King salmon, also known as Chinook salmon, is considered the finest Pacific salmon there is.  Known for its rich taste, high protein content, and vast amounts of healthy oils, it does not get much better health-wise.  King salmon is not as plentiful however, their “runs” aren’t as numerous as other types of salmon such as Coho.  As a result, King salmon can be a bit harder to find and is often more expensive.


At my son’s request, I used King salmon when I developed this recipe.  I also added a sweet quick marinade, as he loves sweet things as much as he does salmon. I added the tri-color quinoa for me.  The result was a winning dish, and this recipe for teriyaki king salmon quinoa is a new family favorite.

Bok choy and mushrooms are nice accompaniments to this simple, healthy bowl-in-one meal option.  Don’t feel pressure to use King salmon however, this recipe will work just fine with other types as well, but I do love the richness the King adds to this particular recipe.

Although I call it Teriyaki King salmon with Tri-Color Quinoa, this recipe also works well with chicken, tofu, or even grilled beef–to satisfy any non-seafood-eaters in your household. Protein substitutions can be made easily, just be mindful that cooking times may vary with any changes you make.  If you are a salmon lover like my son, be sure to take a look at my super easy and delicious smoked sockeye salmon spread.

teriyaki king salmon quinoa

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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