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Teriyaki Salmon Recipe

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Introduction

Salmon, the crown jewel of the sea, has been captivating taste buds for centuries with its rich, flaky texture and delicate flavor. One preparation that has stood the test of time and continues to delight diners worldwide is Teriyaki Salmon. In this culinary journey, we will unravel the secrets behind creating the perfect Teriyaki Salmon – a harmony of umami-rich flavors that meld together to create a symphony on your palate. From the historical roots of teriyaki to the finest details of preparation, we will explore every aspect of this dish. So, gather your utensils and let’s embark on this delicious adventure.

Historical Context

Teriyaki, a staple in Japanese cuisine, traces its origins to the Edo period (17th to 19th century). “Teri” means luster or shine, and “yaki” refers to grilling or broiling. This cooking method was developed as a way to preserve fish and meat in soy sauce, sake, and sugar. Over time, it has evolved into a beloved flavor profile known for its balance of sweet and savory notes.

Ingredients

For the Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

For the Salmon:

  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each), preferably skin-on
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (for garnish)
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)
  • Steamed white rice (optional, for serving)

Utensils and Equipment

  • Medium saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Grill pan or skillet
  • Tongs
  • Basting brush
  • Serving platter

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Yield: 4 servings

Instructions

1. Prepare the Teriyaki Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, white sugar, minced garlic, and grated ginger.
  • Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it gently simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens and develops a glossy sheen. Stir occasionally.
  • Once the sauce is ready, remove it from heat and allow it to cool. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

2. Prepare the Salmon

  • Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels and season both sides with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil.
  • Place the salmon fillets in the hot pan, skin side down, and cook for about 3-4 minutes until the skin becomes crispy and releases easily from the pan.
  • Carefully flip the salmon fillets using tongs and cook the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the salmon reaches your desired level of doneness. It should be opaque and flake easily.

3. Glaze the Salmon

  • Using a basting brush, generously brush the teriyaki sauce onto the cooked side of the salmon.
  • Allow the sauce to caramelize for about 1-2 minutes, then flip the salmon again and brush the other side with more teriyaki sauce.
  • Continue to cook for another minute or until the teriyaki sauce forms a beautiful, sticky glaze on the salmon.

4. Serve

  • Carefully transfer the Teriyaki Salmon fillets to a serving platter.
  • Garnish with thinly sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
  • Serve hot, either as a standalone dish or over a bed of steamed white rice for a complete meal.

Conclusion

Teriyaki Salmon, with its harmonious blend of sweet and savory flavors, has been satisfying appetites and celebrating the elegance of Japanese cuisine for centuries. With this detailed recipe, you can now master the art of crafting this delectable dish in the comfort of your own kitchen. From the historical origins of teriyaki to the precise steps of preparation, you’re equipped with the knowledge to create a memorable dining experience. So, fire up your stovetop, embrace the flavors of Japan, and indulge in the exquisite taste of Teriyaki Salmon.

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prep time
15 minutes
cooking time
15
servings
4 servings
total time
30 minutes

Equipment

  • Medium saucepan

  • Whisk

  • Grill pan or skillet

  • Tongs

  • Basting brush

  • Serving platter

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup mirin

  • 1/4 cup sake

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each), preferably skin-on

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (for garnish)

  • Sesame seeds (for garnish)

  • Steamed white rice (optional, for serving)

Instructions

1
Prepare Teriyaki Sauce.
2
Season and grill salmon.
3
Glaze with Teriyaki sauce.
4
Garnish and serve.
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