Total Time: 30 minutes
This salmon teriyaki is a quickest and easiest meal to make, it’s ready in less than minutes. The simple teriyaki sauce is delicious poured over any protein or rice. This recipe is perfect served over steamed noodles or rice with a side of baby bok choy for a no fuss weeknight dinner, but is fancy enough to serve to your guest. This dish will taste like it came straight out of your favorite tepanyaki restaurant. The toasted sesame seeds and green onion are the perfect finishing touches, you won’t be needing any filters when you post photos on Instagram.
2-3 salmon fillets two inches wide slices preferably skin on (approximately 4-6 ounces each)
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon grape seed oil (any neutral flavor oil)
For the teriyaki sauce:
1/4 cup sake
1 tablespoon mirin
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 inch nub of fresh minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon of cold water
For the garnish:
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon green onions diced on a bias
Make the marinade: In a bowl, mix together sake, mirin (sweet rice wine), soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, and sesame oil. Whisk until the sugar dissolves. With a microplane grater, grate garlic and ginger into the bowl and give it a good mix.
Pour about half of the mixer over the salmon fillets, and set aside.
Pour the rest of the mixture into a sauce pan. Make slurry with mixing the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water until dissolved. Add the cornstarch slurry mixture to the sauce and boil for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Set sauce aside.
Arrange oven rack to the middle and preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat the oil in a large oven safe pan over high heat. Remove salmon from the marinade and wipe off any excess. Season flesh side of the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Sear the salmon, skin side down in the pan until a nice golden brown crust forms (4-5 minutes). Place the pan with the salmon in the oven and let the fish finish cooking for 10 more minutes .
Remove the salmon from the oven and plate. Pour the teriyaki sauce over the salmon. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds and green onions before serving.