The term teriyaki literally translates to "glazed grilled", referring not to the sweet sauce you see on grocery store shelves, but to the cooking method of grilling or broiling with a sauce made of soy sauce and mirin (a sweet rice-based wine). The mouthwatering glaze created from the caramelizing sugars is an essential part of the preparation.
Still, despite any inauthenticity, this take on teriyaki from Mad Hungry is delicious. Allowing the salmon to marinate for half hour or so then sliding it under the broiler makes it comes out deeply flavored, moist, and tender. You can't ask for much more out of a piece of fish.
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 inch peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed
- 4 salmon fillets, about 1 1/2 pounds
- 4-6 heads baby bok choy, root ends trimmed off
Whisk soy sauce, honey, lemon juice, ginger, and garlic together until honey dissolves. Reserve 1/4 cup of marinade in separate bowl, then place salmon fillets, skin-side up, in marinade. Allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes, preferably for 30.
Meanwhile, preheat broiler (or grill) to high. Heat 1/4 cup of water in medium skillet over high heat and bring to a boil. Add bok choy and cover. Allow to steam until almost tender, about 4 minutes, then add reserved marinade. Toss to combine, cook for an additional 2 minutes to reduce excess liquid. Remove from heat.
Put the salmon under the broiler skin-side down and broil without turning until exterior is well-caramelized and the fish is just cooked through, 7-10 minutes, depending on thickness and the distance from broiler.
Arrange bok choy on plates and top with the salmon fillets.