Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon {plus a Spring Entertaining Giveaway!}

pineapple teriyaki salmon with pineapple habanero salsa

A super flavorful, lightning fast weeknight dinner recipe for Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon topped with Pineapple Habanero Salsa!

I’m beyond pumped.  It’s Friday.  It’s the last school day before our week-long spring break.  And, the icing on the cake… it’s time for a sweet spring entertaining giveaway!  More on that below.  But, first…

There are big plans for this upcoming week off.  Recipes will be tested.  Boxes will be packed (we sold our house and are officially in contract.  Woot!).  And entertaining will happen frequently.

We love to entertain.  In fact, the whole reason (well, most of the reason) we are moving is so that we can find a home with an open floor plan that will allow us to host large holiday dinners and have all our friends over for legendary parties.

One thing that I have never made when entertaining, though.  Fish.  I blame my dad.  He refused to eat it, so my mom never made it.  And even though I’ll happily order seafood out at a restaurant, it’s yet to infiltrate my cooking all that much.

Until now.  I’m a man on a mission.  Cook and eat fish, once a week.  Because really, when we entertain, I want to be able to make some impressive dishes using fish and not get all anxious and worried about whether or not I know what I’m doing.  So, time to start practicing.

pineapple teriyaki salmon with pineapple habanero salsa

This recipe really couldn’t be simpler.  I mean, heck, if I can pull it off and it’s like, my 3rd time ever cooking with seafood, I’m fairly confident most people could do it blindfolded.

It’s easy, super quick, and a great option for weeknight dinner when you’re one digit away from calling the pizza place for take-out.

And the pineapple salsa… you’ll have leftover for sure.  Just don’t expect it to last too long, especially if you have a bag of tortilla chips in your pantry and a friend named Steve that inhales the stuff faster than Usain Bolt in the 100m.

No fresh garlic or ginger? …you could always use 1/2 teaspoon of the dried powder stuff in a pinch.  I won’t tell, although I can’t guarantee I won’t silently judge you behind your back.  Haha, just kidding :)  I’ve had to do it too when I could have sworn there was garlic in our veggie bowl on the counter.  No dice.


And hey, so about this super cool, ridiculously amazing giveaway?   First, let’s give Katie from Healthy Seasonal Recipes a big high five.  Besides having a really lovely blog with mouth-watering recipes, she also is the phenomenal person that put this whole giveaway together.

And it’s a great one.  Look at all my fellow blogger peeps that are participating.  Make sure to spend a few minutes and check out all the amazing dishes they made!


Katie @ Healthy Seasonal Recipes – Beet & Caramelized Onion Bruschetta with Goat Cheese
Eva @ Adventures in Cooking – Blackberry and Creamy Goat Cheese Sticky Buns
Bill @ Southern Boy Dishes – Spring Salad with Goat Cheese and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette
Julianne (aka The Ninj) @ Yankee Kitchen Ninja – Savory Sausage Bread Pudding Muffins
Kelley @ Mountain Mama Cooks – Spring Greens Quiche
Brandy @ Nutmeg Nanny – Smoked Blue Cheese Patty Melt
Nik @ A Brown Table – Balsamic Raspberry Sauce and Chevre Cake
Christine @ Cooking with Cakes – Smashed Avocado Bites with Pancetta and Spicy Olive Oil
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl – Fennel and Orange Slaw with Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese
Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama – Honey Sweetened Strawberry & Lime Sangria


Let’s break down what you’re going to win.  Obviously you’re going to win, right?  Have some confidence.

Vermont Creamery put together a great gift pack plus a cookbook!  They sent me along some samples to try, but I’ve been sick all week and didn’t want to waste it on my compromised and muted palate (i.e. I can’t smell or taste anything right about now, stupid cold).  But you better believe I’ll be diving into it as soon as possible.  The stuff looks legit!

Effie’s Homemade is hooking you up with 2 packages of each flavor they offer (10 packages total!).  I’ve been snacking my way through all their flavors.  I can’t believe I’ve never heard of them before.  Their oatcakes are da bomb.  I seriously can’t stop eating them.  Be on the lookout for them the next time you are in Whole Foods.

I’m always on the look-out for great olive oil.  You’ll get the chance to check out a bunch of varieties from CaliVirgin Olive Oil.  And you’ll be getting a pair of sweet looking coupe appetizer plates from J.K. Adams.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1½ cups fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 1 knob ginger, equal to the same size as 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 gloves garlic
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Pineapple Habanero Salsa
  • Scallions, chopped, for garnish
  1. In a blender, puree pineapple, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Pour into a baking dish and place salmon, skin side up, on top of marinade. Cover dish with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Place oven rack close to broiler. Preheat a dry (no oil) cast iron skillet or other heavy bottomed skillet over high heat on the stovetop until very hot. Place salmon in pan, skin side down, then immediately transfer to broiler for about 2 minutes, or until salmon is translucent and just cooked through. Cooked salmon should flake easily with a fork.
  3. Top with Pineapple Habanero Salsa and scallions. Serve immediately.






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  1. says

    My mouth is literally watering as I read this Chris. I just want a spoonful of the salsa right now! I love the technique you used with the skillet and broiler. So smart! Thank you for participating in the giveaway :)

  2. says

    Salmon is on the top of my favourites. This looks like a perfect week night dinner. The pineapple salsa sounds just as amazing, Chris.

  3. says

    I’m not really a fish person, but pineapple teriyaki!? That sounds so good! Love this entertaining giveaway as well. So fun!

    • says

      Yea that’s what sold me on this also… I’m still a bit scared of fish but the pineapple teriyaki flavors are bold and help for this fish newbie!

  4. says

    Dude you’re on fire, one recipe a day.
    What can I say? I’m impressed!
    I’m trying as well to integrate more fish into my diet. I’ve been living on Fish oil capsules over the last decade (as a sportsman I need loads of Omega-3) but it’s better to get it from the real deal.
    Loving this flavor combo man, deffo going to give it a shot this weekend!

    PS question: do wolves eat fish? I’m not sure…

  5. says

    I know this is strange, I love mixed nuts and olives. Both are always at any dinner or cocktail party at my house. A party staple! Thank you, Chris! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

  6. says

    I have the opposite problem of you, I cook fish almost too often! Haven’t gotten sick of it yet though. This salmon looks amazing! Will definitely be adding it into my recipe rotation.

    Have a great spring break, and I hope moving goes well. That’s pretty good timing! Moving and working would be mighty stressful.

    • says

      Not moving quite yet… just packing up boxes. We are trying to do it slowly so that it’s not super stressful when we get the final word on the closing date. Essentials, like all my kitchen gear, will be packed up last minute of course!

  7. says

    this looks absolutely delicious Chris! I love the mix of sweet & tangy flavors here, I think that combo always works awesome with seafood. and same story here, my Dad is actually allergic to fish so I never grew up eating it either! Shrimp is probably the only seafood that’s a regular in my routine, but I’m trying to make an effort to branch out and cook with more of it :)

  8. says

    I’m with your dad … I’m shall we say not a big fish person. At all. haha but I love the sound of that pineapple salsa! With some chips or over chicken – so good!

    And I am officially jealous that you have spring break!

  9. says

    Oh wow, I don’t think I’d ever seen a better-looking piece of salmon. It looks truly amazing and I can’t get over how easy to prepare it is. Seriously, it screams “perfect dinner” to me ;–)
    I hope you have a great weekend Chris!

  10. says

    This is right up my alley in every way!! Love Asian flavors. So great to be a part of this giveaway with you!

  11. says

    Chris! I wish I enjoyed seafood because this looks DELECTABLE! Loving it! Beautiful photos. Enjoy your spring break!

  12. says

    Chris, congrats on being in contract! That is so exciting AND nerve racking at the same time. So jelly you guys have a full week of Spring break… we just had Thursday and Friday. Then count the weekend. But, then they added Monday as Snow day… what the what?!
    Anyways… loving how you combined the flavors in with this salmon! So want this for dinner tonight!

    • says

      Thanks so much Gloria! It is super exciting and nerve racking!! Haha you are so right. I know, we are super lucky… a full week + next Monday off. It’s pretty sweet :)

  13. says

    Thanks so much for being a part of the giveaway – what a fun loot of prizes! Also this salmon looks fantastic – I LOVE the pineapple salsa! Pinned :)

  14. says

    I love fish but end up not making it that often because somehow in my head it’s difficult. But you’re right … it isn’t! I find the most important thing to do is to make sure it doesn’t get overcooked and it’s pretty much bound to be delicious.
    This pineapple salsa = beyond delicious, by the way. A perfect summery fish recipe!
    P.S. Congrats on the house sale!

    • says

      Thanks so much Helen! I’m the same way… I think in my head that it’s difficult but it’s really super doable!

  15. says

    Oh man, I REALLY wish salmon was available where I lived!! But I am definitely going to try that pineapple salsa. Looks great!

  16. says

    Chris, this salmon looks absolutely delicious. I love everything about this recipe. I’m glad Katie brought all these bloggers together so we can make new foodie friends. BTW, we have something else in common besides food. I have two degrees in music. I chose IT for a living but music is a serious hobby! Have a great weekend!

  17. says

    Once again, you have posted something that makes me want to lick my computer screen. Impressive! I’m glad to hear that you’re going to spend part of your week-off scouting out new homes in upstate NY. If you need help, let me know!

  18. says

    I am a complete seafood fiend!! Salmon and sea bass are faves. Unfortunately, I can’t believe you didn’t grow up cooking fish. This is gorgeous! Congrats on selling and have a fun, productive spring break!

    • says

      Hahaha thanks Erin… but I promise. This is like, my 3rd time every cooking with fish. I’m having a blast learning!

  19. says

    Wow, I was just brainstorming about what to make for Friday’s dinner…and your salmon would be perfect! It’s one of the only seafood dishes the whole family will eat. And the salsa looks heavenly.

    PS. for a party, I must have a decadent dessert…usually chocolate wins out!

  20. says

    I’m so excited to try this salmon recipe. Kurt and I eat lots of salmon and new recipes are always welcome. This one looks amazing

  21. says

    My husband and I love love love salmon so this is perfect!! It sounds like you have a busy week ahead of you. I wish I had off from work, too…blah. I’m not jealous or anything. 😉

  22. says

    Love that you’re adding fish to the menu at least once a week. It’s my go-to fall back meal. I normally just eat salmon with pesto and tomatoes, but this recipe sounds perfect for summer. We’ll be having this soon – especially because I have a juicy pineapple just waiting to be eaten.

    As a fish lover, I super recommend sole – it’s my absolute favorite (lightly breaded and seared until browned in a little brown butter and a squeeze of lemon on top). Always a hit with guests.

  23. says

    I love salmon, but my husband isn’t a fan so I rarely make it. He never liked fish as a kid. Said it was always something his Dad caught. It was always smelly. Haha Now, we love having fish as often as possible. Enjoy your break, recipe testing, and box packing. 😀