Sake Ginger Glazed Salmon

Sake ginger glazed salmon recipe, marinated in a Japanese yakitori sauce and fresh ginger.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Marinating time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (use gluten-free soy sauce for gluten-free version)
  • 1/2 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)
  • 2 Tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • A dash of red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white sugar

Salmon:

  • 1 1/2 pounds of salmon fillets
  • Olive oil

Method

1 Marinate the salmon: Mix the soy sauce, sake, mirin, ginger, garlic, chile flakes, and sugar in a medium bowl.

Place the salmon fillets in a sturdy freezer bag. Pour the marinade into the freezer bag with the fish. Seal the freezer bag and place in a baking dish (so that if the bag leaks it doesn't get all over your fridge).

Place in your refrigerator and chill at least an hour, preferably several hours.

2 Simmer marinade, reduce by half: Remove the salmon fillets from the marinade. Place the marinade in a small saucepan and heat it until it simmers.  Simmer it for several minutes or until the sauce has reduced by half.

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3a Grilling method
Brush the grill grates with olive oil; pre-heat your grill to medium heat. Place salmon fillets on a piece of aluminum foil (brushed with olive oil) over the grill grate, skin side down. Brush the salmon with the marinade glaze. Cover the grill.

Cook the salmon 6-10 minutes (depending on thickness of the fillets), brushing again with the marinade halfway through the cooking, until the salmon is just barely cooked, and easily flaked with a fork.

3b Pan frying method
Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the salmon 3 to 4 minutes per side, basting frequently with the marinade. Serve once the salmon is just barely cooked through and is easily flaked with a fork.

3c Baking method
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil. Brush the top of the foil with olive oil. Place salmon on the foil, skin side down. Brush with marinade.

Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how thick the fillets are, basting frequently with the marinade, until the salmon is barely cooked through and is easily flaked with a fork.