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Sake Ginger Glazed Salmon

Sake ginger glazed salmon recipe, marinated in a classic Japanese yakitori sauce
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Pescatarian
Servings: 4 people


  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup mirin sweet Japanese rice wine
  • 2 Tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbsp black pepper corns or red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white sugar brown sugar works too.
  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets or steaks skin on cut into serving sizes
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil


  • 1 Marinate the salmon: Mix the soy sauce, sake, mirin, ginger, garlic, black peppercorns or red pepper 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.
  • 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, Or use a food-safe cedar plank soaked in water. Place salmon skin-side down. Brush the salmon with the marinade glaze. Cover the grill. Cook the salmon 6-10 minutes (depending on the 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.