Teriyaki salmon is one of my favorite Japanese dishes. I love the delicate balance of sweet and salty flavors and it goes beautifully with soba noodles and vegetables. It’s also really quick and easy to prepare which makes it the perfect mid-week meal. You can even use ready-made teriyaki sauce instead of making your own to save yourself more time! I’m pretty sure no one will notice as everyone will be too busy complimenting you on your fabulous Japanese cooking skills ;)
Ingredients (serves 2)
2 salmon fillets
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbs white or brown sugar
2 tbs mirin
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
150g soba noodles
1 tbs sesame oil
2 green onions, finely sliced (white and light green parts only)
1 small bunch of broccolini, ends trimmed (about 6 stems)
2 tbs vegetable oil
1 small chili, finely sliced (optional)
1 tbs sesame seeds, toasted (optional)
Shortcut: use store bought teriyaki marinade. In this case you won’t need the soy sauce, ginger, sugar and mirin.
♥ In a shallow dish, whisk together the sugar, mirin, ginger and soy sauce until the sugar is dissolved. Add the salmon fillets and gently turn to coat. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for 15-20 min.
♥ In the meantime, cook the soba noodles according to the packet’s instructions. Drain and rinse. Drizzle with a tablespoon of sesame oil to keep the noodles from sticking together.
♥ Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan over medium high heat. Remove the salmon from the marinade, reserving it for later. Pan fry the fillets on each side until cooked through (about 2-3 minutes on each side). Transfer the salmon fillets to a plate and cover with foil or cling film to keep warm.
♥ Add another tablespoon of oil into the frying pan. Add the broccolini, green onion and chili and stir fry for two minutes. Stir in the reserved marinade and leave the sauce to thicken for a minute or two. Add the soba noodles and quickly toss everything together until heated through.
♥ Divide the stir fried noodles between two plates (or bowls) and top with the salmon and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Recipe inspired by Taste.