Why It Works
- Starting the salmon over high heat, then reducing the heat, allows you to achieve crispy skin while maintaining a moist, medium-rare center.
- Crunchy diced fresh vegetables provide texture and flavor contrasts to the sweet and savory glaze on the salmon.
Having a batch of teriyaki sauce in your fridge at all times (it lasts forever) allows you to pull together a dinner like this rice bowl with teriyaki-glazed salmon and avocado in the amount of time it takes to steam a pot of rice. Once you have the rice on, all you've got to do is sear the salmon, dice up some avocado and cucumber, slice a couple of scallions, and pull that leftover teriyaki sauce out of the fridge.
4 salmon fillets, about 5 ounces (140g) each
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable or canola oil
4 cups cooked white or brown rice (about 680g cooked rice)
1 avocado, diced
1 Persian or Japanese cucumber, diced
6 to 8 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup (120ml) homemade or store-bought teriyaki sauce
Furikake and/or toasted sesame seeds, for serving (see note)
Press salmon fillets between paper towels to dry surfaces thoroughly. Season on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add salmon fillets, skin side down. Immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, pressing gently on back of fillets to ensure good contact between the skin and the pan, until skin is rendered and crisp, about 6 minutes. If skin shows resistance when you attempt to lift with a spatula, allow it to continue to cook until it lifts easily.
Flip salmon and cook on second side until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 120°F for medium-rare or 130°F for medium, about 1 minute longer. Transfer salmon to a paper towel–lined plate to drain.
Divide rice evenly between 4 serving bowls. Top with diced avocado, cucumber, and scallions. Top each with a salmon fillet and spoon sauce on top, using the back of a spoon to evenly glaze each fillet. Sprinkle with furikake and/or sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
Furikake is a blend of seasonings typically used to flavor rice. It is available in multiple flavors at Japanese groceries or online.
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 37g||48%|
|Saturated Fat 6g||30%|
|Total Carbohydrate 66g||24%|
|Dietary Fiber 9g||30%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 21mg||103%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|