This salmon belly teriyaki dish is inspired by a dish that my family and I always order at a local Japanese restaurant. We love the crispy skin, moist and tender meat combined with the sweet teriyaki sauce and crisp vegetables.
Pan searing the salmon gives it a golden crust on the outside and tender meat in the inside. The belly is my favorite part of the salmon because it is tastier due to the fat content.
Salmon Belly Teriyaki
- 500 g salmon belly strips
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 4 tablespoons avocado or canola oil
- 1 large onion , sliced
- ½ cup julienned carrots
- 2 cups chopped Napa or green cabbage
- 2 cups bean sprouts , rinsed and drained
- Sesame seeds , for garnish
- Chopped green onions , for garnish
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup sake
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup mirin
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
- In a saucepan, combine the soy sauce, sake, brown sugar and mirin. Let boil, then add cornstarch mixture, stir and cook until thick. Set aside.
- Scale the salmon and then wash under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper and then coat lightly with flour.
- Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium high heat. Add salmon belly, skin side down. Fry until skin is golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip the salmon belly over and fry the other side for 2 minutes or until a golden crust is formed. Drain on paper towels.
- Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan. Add onions and carrots and sauté for 3 minutes. Add cabbage, bean sprouts and 3 tablespoons of the teriyaki sauce. Stir-fry for a minute.
- To serve, place vegetables over rice. Top with salmon belly. Pour sauce over the salmon belly and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions.