Japanese Salmon Teriyaki is an authentic recipe from Japan it’s so simple to make and has such amazing favor~ every bite is rich, buttery, and decadent!
This is the third week of our Culinary Journey around the World and as you all know our first country to visit is Japan; we started off with Miso Soup then next was Cucumbers with Sweet Vinegar Dressing so today is the main dish and our third recipe! I’ve had so much fun researching and sharing some of this amazing country with all of you. Next week will be enjoy a dessert and then we’ll be off exploring a new destination!
In Japan, Salmon Teriyaki incorporates a traditional special sauce called ‘tare’ and it’s cooked “yakimono” which means it’s a broiled or pan-fried dish. The tare sauce is always a combination of sake, mirin, and soy sauce. The more complex versions also include roasted chicken bones, which add flavor depth that’s apparently amazing! But we won’t go to that extent in our recipe today.
The photo below are the 4 ingredients needed for the tare sauce, I found them at two stores~ the state liquor store for the sake and mirin (depending on the liquor laws in your area these may be available in regular stores) and the Eden naturally brewed soy sauce at the health food store. This sauce is so simple to make and tastes soooooo much better than any teriyaki sauce I’ve ever had before! Seriously.
Japanese cuisine is a complete dining experience… imagine a meal where every sense is considered. You’re eyes are enticed by colors and shapes for the food as well as the presentation. Sense of touch comes alive with the wooden, lacquered, and ceramic serving bowls and trays. Various textures and temperatures caress your tongue and awaken your taste buds- from cool tofu to hot and spicy wasabi. Add the loud and very proper slurp of soba noodles to the table and you’re eating an Japanese meal! That slurping is how they express appreciation for the meal- pretty cool, right!
Now, let’s take a look at another beautiful area in Japan called Matsushima.
Matsushima is located in Miyagi prefecture. (3 hours from Tokyo) It is consisted of about 260 islands with a lot of pine trees. It is famous as “Pine islands”. Wouldn’t it be so amazing to experience these islands! I feel like I could lost there for days AND love every minute of it!!
There are multiple beautiful historical sites to visit on Matsushima and one of them is Zuiganji, a sacred Zen Temple…
Zuiganji (瑞巌寺) is one of the Tohoku Region’s most famous and prominent Zen temples, and is well known for its beautifully gilded and painted sliding doors (fusuma). Zuiganji was originally founded in 828 as a temple of the Tendai sect, and was converted into a Zen temple during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333).
Zuiganji is a reflection of the natural beauty of Matsushima, and upon entering the temple grounds, the approach to the main hall proceeds along a long, straight path flanked on both sides by cedar trees (some of them were unfortunately damaged by the salt water of the tsunami and had to be cut). An alternate path detours off to the right of the entrance and by a number of caves that were used in the past for meditation, and today contain statues.
This enchanting red bridge leads to Oshima Island…
Oshima (雄島) is a small, pine tree covered island close to the pier of Matsushima. The island can be accessed over a short bridge free of charge and offers some pleasant, short walks. Oshima used to be a retreat for monks, and decorated meditation caves can still be found on the island. The bridge to Oshima was destroyed in the 2011 tsunami, but was rebuilt and reopened two years later.
You can enjoy local cuisines, hiking trails, and hot pots on Oshima Island. They also have occasional festivals too!
Oh my goodness! I’m just in love with Godaido Temple, I think it look so amazing with breath-taking views….
Godaido is a small temple hall on an islet just next to the pier. Due to its prominent location, it has become a symbol of Matsushima. Godaido was built in 807 and contains five statues which where enshrined by the same priest who founded nearby Zuiganji. The statues are displayed to the public only once every 33 years, and were last displayed in 2006.
I can’t wait to visit Japan some day… I would love to be apart of it all and experience it first hand!
(I found the above information at Japan.com)
Japanese Salmon Teriyaki just melts in your mouth! It’s better than any teriyaki you’ve ever had… I promise!
Have an amazing Wednesday!
Much Love and Peace~
- 3 tablespoons mirin
- 3 tablespoons sake
- 3 tablespoons naturally brewed soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/3 pounds salmon fillet, approx 4 pieces
- 2 tablespoon sesame seeds, for garnish
- In a small sauce pan over medium high heat, combine mirin, sake, soy sauce, and sugar; bring to boil and boil, stirring for 1 minute or until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat, pour into shallow baking dish, and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Add salmon fillets to teriyaki marinade, let sit 15 minutes- then turn over and repeat.
- Preheat broiler to high, place broiler rack into pan and coat with cooking spray.
- Place fillets on rack so they are not touching each other, place pan about 2 inches from broiler and cook 3 minutes.
- Carefully flip fillets over and broil for 3-4 minutes more or until salmon easily flakes in the center.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.
- Serve immediately.