Monday, June 16, 2014

Salmon Teriyaki

A good Teriyaki Sauce is key to this simple grilled salmon dish.  There are many recipe variations to teriyaki sauce, but for salmon I like the sauce to be slightly tangy, sweet and thick.   This recipe calls for gingen and equal parts of soy sauce, sake, mirin and sugar as well as some cornstarch to help thicken the sauce.

The salmon is simply grilled on its skin with olive oil then served with the teriyaki sauce on top or on the side.   A nice simple dish that only takes 20 minutes to complete.  Goes well with a side of steamed potatoes or steamed jasmine rice.

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Sake
2 Tablespoons Mirin
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Inch Ginger minced
1 Teaspoon Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1 lb. Salmon Fillets with skin
Scallions chopped to garnish

Place the soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar and ginger in a small saucepan over high heat bring to a simmer. Combine the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and stir it into the sauce.  Keep stirring the ingredients together until the teriyaki sauce thickens (about 2-3 minutes).  Transfer the teriyaki sauce to a small bowl and set aside.

Place the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  Season the salmon with freshly ground pepper and place onto the skillet skin side down.  Depending on the thickness of the salmon let it cook on the skin side for 2-4 minutes.  Look at the side of the fish to help determine when to flip it.  When the orange-reddish flesh of the fish turns pinkish in color about half way to 3 quarters way up the side of the fish turn it over in the pan.  The fish will cook faster on the flesh side and will take only half the time it took to cook on the skin side (about 1-2 minutes).   Transfer the salmon to a plate skin side down.

To serve garnish the plate with chopped scallions and drizzle some of the teriyaki sauce over the salmon with extra on the side.   Serve on its own or with a side of steamed jasmine rice. Enjoy.

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