In this classic teriyaki salmon recipe, soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic create the perfect light glaze. The fish is finished on the grill, along with zucchini.
See our guide to types of salmon for more about different varieties of the fish. And see tips on grilling fish and other seafood.
For the teriyaki sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 skin-on, boneless salmon fillets
- 4 small zucchini, trimmed and halved lengthwise
- 2 green onions, sliced, for garnish
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, for garnish
- Steamed rice, for serving
1To make the sauce, in a saucepan over medium heat, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sugar, ginger and garlic. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mixture becomes slightly syrupy, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
2Place the salmon in a shallow baking dish. Pour half of the teriyaki sauce over the salmon and refrigerate for 1 hour. Reserve the other half of the sauce.
3Prepare a charcoal grill for medium-high heat. Clean and oil the grill grate.
4Brush the cut sides of the zucchini with some of the reserved teriyaki and arrange on the one side of the grill. Remove the salmon from the teriyaki, letting any excess drip off, and place skin-side-down over the other side of the grill. Cover the grill and cook until the salmon is medium-rare to medium. Transfer the salmon and zucchini to a platter, garnish with the green onions, and serve with rice. Pass more of the reserved sauce on the side.
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