Salmon in Teriyaki Sauce or Teriyaki Salmon is a delicious second-course typical of Japanese gastronomy. You will feel propelled into the land of the rising sun with the very first bite thanks to the delicate balance of flavors. This fish recipe is a must-try because it is both easy to prepare and very tasty.
Stay connected to not only discover how to cook the Teriyaki Sauce, how to marinate salmon in it, but also learn how to combine this exquisite dish. If the Japanese cuisine inspires you as it inspires me, you should definitely try out the homemade Salmon in Teriyaki Sauce!
What is teriyaki sauce?
Teriyaki is a sauce that originated in Japan and has eventually conquered gourmands’ hearts worldwide thanks to its special flavor. Teriyaki sauce has a sweet taste and is used in cooking dishes such as Salmon Teriyaki. However, it is served as a stand-alone sauce, separate from dishes like in the case of sushi.
If talking about the aspect of the sauce, it looks like a dark syrup, slightly brighter than soy sauce and thick as honey. Originally, the ancient Japanese used game bones, which were burned over the fire or in the stove.
Today, there are many recipes based on soy sauce, with the addition of rice vodka or vinegar, honey, and other different ingredients. There are several variations of this flavorful sauce, some include the addition of grated ginger, grated garlic, others include honey or even broth. Besides being easy to prepare, teriyaki sauce can be used to marinate even the toughest meat. This Japanese seasoning is perfect to complete first and second courses based on rice, meat, fish, or vegetables. In short, the spectrum is simply unlimited.
How to prepare the teriyaki sauce?
To prepare this sauce, simply combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Add one tablespoon of grated ginger, 2 grated garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar, some raw teriyaki sauce, and one tablespoon of honey or brown sugar. Mix well and it is ready to be used as a marinade. However, if you want to use it as a sauce then bring it to a boil. After a couple of minutes of cooking, the teriyaki sauce will be ready to be served as a seasoning to other meat, fish, or vegetable dishes. Since we’re dealing with a fish recipe, see below how to prepare it with the freshest fish.
How to recognize fresh salmon?
We all agree that salmon is one of the tastiest as well as the healthiest sea fish. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that contribute to the health of the circulatory and immune systems. Salmon is also good for the heart and provides a relatively low amount of calories and fat compared to other sources of protein. Therefore, buy a nice salmon to cook the best teriyaki salmon recipe.
As a rule of thumb, always buy high-quality salmon. It should still have the skin so that the freshness and humidity are intact. Try to buy a whole side of salmon or a fillet cut from the thickest part of the fish.
Avoid salmon steaks or fillets with a strong, pungent odor. Instead, look for clean and moist pieces. Upon touching, the fish shouldn’t be sticky. Also, make sure the color is bright, something between red and orange. If it is a darker color, it is far from fresh, thus, avoid buying it.
How to cook teriyaki salmon?
Wash the fish under running water then use paper towels to absorb excess water. Remove the bones from the salmon fillets using the tweezers. Mix all the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce then add in the fillets of salmon. Let it marinate for 20-30 minutes, change sides from time to time so that the marinade penetrates the meat evenly. For best results, cover the container with a cling film and let it stay at room temperature.
In the meantime preheat the oven at 400 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and get ready until the salmon fillets are marinated.
When the half an hour expires, carefully line the fillets on the baking tray and transfer it to the oven for 15 minutes. The better the oven is heated, the better the fish will bake.
While the fish is getting beautifully golden, focus your attention on the teriyaki sauce. Transfer the marinade into a saucepan and put it to slowly simmer for a couple of minutes. This is how the sauce gets the silky texture similar to honey.
Once the 15 minutes expire, take out the tray with the salmon fillets and use a kitchen brush to spread the sauce all over the fish. Then again, insert the tray back into the oven for additional 3-5 minutes. That is all it takes to make an incredibly tasty and interesting dish. Take out the fish and let it rest for 2-5 minutes.
How to serve salmon teriyaki?
Serve the salmon immediately with additional teriyaki sauce. The teriyaki salmon graciously pairs with delicious broccoli or with the instant pot black rice.
Watch out for the flame when preparing the sauce. It has to simmer on low heat so that the sauce doesn’t burn on the walls of the saucepan. Also, do not use a thin-walled saucepan for the same reasons.
Glazed Salmon with Teriyaki Sauce
- 4 fillets salmon
Teriyaki sauce & marinade
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp teriyaki sauce
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey or brown sugar
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds oil
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated
- 2 cloves garlic grated
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds for garnishment
- 2 tbsp dill chopped for garnishment
- 2 tbsp spring onion chopped for garnishment
- Peel the ginger and the garlic cloves. Grate them in a single bowl
- Add the soy sauce, the rice vinegar, sesame seeds oil and the honey
- Mix everything well
How to marinate salmon
- Wash the salmon and extract the bones
- Soak the fish into the bowl with the sauce; let marinate for 20-30 minutes
How to bake teriyaki salmon?
- Preheat oven at 400 degrees
- Line a tray with parchment paper and lay over the marinated salmon fillets
- Insert salmon into oven; let bake for 15 minutes
- In the meantime put the teriyaki sauce to heat. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2 minutes at low heat. Mix occasionally
- Take out the teriyaki salmon fillets and spread some more teriyaki sauce using a kitchen brush
- Insert into oven for additional 3-5 minutes
- Turn of stove and serve with vegetables and rice