The world of culinary is surely a diverse one. The variety that exists in this world is staggering and at often times delicious! If you are neither a hardcore foodie nor a culinary expert- it is very obvious that you may have never heard of the term teppanyaki but trust me you definitely came across it at least once.
This is because the presence of teppanyaki is dominant.
In layman’s term teppanyaki is a Japanese cuisine which involves the use of iron girdle to cook food. When we break down the Japanese word teppanyaki- things get a bit interesting: “teppan” means iron girdle whereas ‘yaki’ simply means cooked food. You must be wondering that this is a very simple cuisine- but you would be so wrong.
Teppanyaki is one of the most complex forms of food out there and it takes high levels of skills to master this form of cooking.
Salmon dishes have always been an exciting aspect of the culinary world. This is because salmons are not only highly nutritional but also very delicious. Throughout history people have treated salmon as a form of luxury food and why shouldn’t they?
Salmon can be prepared in a variety of ways and there are hundreds of recipes out there. However, in this article, I will focus on the recipes of salmon that are based on teppanyaki. Hearing the phrase ‘teppanyaki salmon’ is not at all astonishing because we all know that the Japanese are excellent with fish related recipes.
You may think these teppanyaki salmon recipes will require a lot of skills- this is not true! I just make these on my tabletop grill I bought on Amazon, and it’s fun to do with the family as well. With minimal practice, you can master these recipes. Without further ado let us explore the 5 best teppanyaki salmon recipes.
1) Caramelized teppanyaki salmon
This is one of those recipes whose name makes your mouth watery. The dish itself- when perfectly made- is an absolute stunner. In this recipe, there are certain things that need to be done perfectly in order to make it.
Firstly, you’ll be needing a salmon- obviously! Try to make sure that it is fresh as that would be a bonus in making your dish mouth watery. Cut the part of salmon from the middle and set this aside.
Next, you need to take a bowl and make the dressing. You’ll be needing brown sugar, salt, herbs of your own choice and black pepper. Put all these in a bowl and mix them well.
Now take your salmon fillet and dip it in this mixture. Make sure you bathe the salmon fillet well enough in this fillet. This is because the teppanyaki grill provides strong heat in a very short time- a lack of batter may burn your fillet.
Once you have covered your fillet in the mixture, get ready to put it on the teppanyaki grill. Make sure your teppanyaki grill is clean as any other flavors from previous cooking sessions may greatly hinder the taste of your salmon.
Spread oil in the grill, just a small bit will do the trick. You may also spread a bit of butter-but this is optional. Now, this grilling part may sound easy but let me remind you that you are dealing with no ordinary grill. Teppanyaki grilling needs additional care. Don’t leave the fillet unattended on the grill as that may simply ruin your fillet. Wait for both sides of the salmon to give an orangish brown glow- that is when your salmon fillet will be ready.
It is recommended that you prepare your sides before your salmon- as the taste of your teppanyaki caramelized salmon will double when it just came out of the grill. For the sides, veggies will be best and caramelized onions will be the icing on the cake.
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2) Teppanyaki flame grilled salmon
I know this recipe sounds a bit too ambitious – but believe the end product is great. We all have heard about flame-grilled beef- mostly burger patties. But salmon? That too, on a teppanyaki grill- very rare indeed! This is a creative approach to the whole salmon grilling approach.
First, you need to prepare the dressing and this will play a key role when grilling. You’ll be needing paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper and lemon zest. This is the most basic salmon dressing which is known. But for flame grilling, you need to make a change in the proportions. It is at this point that I should point out that your salmon fillet needs to have the skin attached- don’t peel yet!
The change is to ensure that the salmon is not fully burned and not to make it too salty! When mixing your fillet with the dressing, use a cooking brush and ensure a thorough coating! Then leave your salmon like that for a period of time- overnight is highly recommended although not necessary.
Then comes the grilling part. Certain safety precautions must be taken and if you are not so good with grilling then I suggest you make a pass. The flame grilling is no different from the traditional flame grilling; you only need to make sure that you don’t burn salmon fillet in the process. Also, try not to set your house on fire!
Once you are done- you’ll notice that the skin is fully burned but that is not a thing to worry. Rather that is a sign that your teppanyaki flame grilling has been a success. With a peeler carefully peel this burnt part. I’ve got some great tools that I use in my buying guide for you to check out.
Be extra careful because you may peel away the juicy fish underneath as well- and that would just be tragic! For sides, normal veggies will do that work- but since it is flame grilled you have a whole array of options.
I personally prefer mashed potatoes and BBQ sauce both of which are very simple to prepare. You can use the BBQ sauce to cover your fillet or simply leave it on the sides, that is totally up to you.
This recipe requires a bit patience but it is sure worth the extra effort.
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3) Pineapple salsa teppanyaki salmon
Now before you get all worked up thinking that pineapple and salmon don’t go together, I need you to consider this recipe. Normally, you may be right but this particular recipe truly is beyond the realm of ordinary and is indeed very creative.
The first thing you need to do is slice up your salmon fillet according to your requirement. Now making the dressing is a bit different than the other recipes in this list. You’ll be needing olive oil, lime, honey, kosher salt, chopped onion and of course the most important fresh pineapple.
You need to mix all the ingredients of the dressing and this is a very simple task to do. In this case, however, you first need to make a sauce. In a bowl mix and stir lime, olive oil, and honey together. Doing that will give you the required sauce.
You’ll be glad to know that the pineapple salsa doesn’t go in the grill- it has a separate preparation. With sauce you made you’ll be ready to grill the salmon fillet on your teppanyaki grill. But I recommend you make the pineapple salsa first.
Making the pineapple salsa is very simple, just mix the chopped onions, tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro in a bowl and your pineapple salsa will be ready to go!
Now grill the salmon fillet with the dressing you made earlier. The grilling process is similar to every other teppanyaki grilling process and this step shouldn’t bother you. To have an excellent presentation, make sure you place the pineapple salsa carefully with your grilled salmon fillet.
Some of the pointers you should remember for this recipe is that majority of the ingredients have the potential to go bad- that is your cooking may be perfect but your ingredients may simply ruin them. So be sure to check them before proceeding.
Pineapple, especially have the tendency to go sour and trust me sour pineapples will ruin your dish. Even if your salmon is perfectly grilled, it won’t taste good if the salsa is relentlessly sour! Therefore, be extra careful in that matter.
4) Sweet chilly teppanyaki salmon
Sweet chilly teppanyaki salmon is another dish whose name brings water to your mouth and it surely doesn’t disappoint. One of the easiest recipes on this list but also one of the best recipes! With a little attention to details, it is very easy to learn this dish.
For this, you’ll be needing the very obvious salmon fillet, sweet chilly, lime, low sodium soy sauce, green onions and lime wedges. The last two items will be needed for garnishing. For your fillet, you need to make sure that you don’t peel the skin off your salmon. The skin is necessary for this recipe.
Now, you can move on to make the marinade. In a bowl put sweet chili sauce, lime juice, soy sauce and mix them well. When applying the marinade to your fillet make sure you have some remaining as you’ll be needing it later for further garnishing.
Put your salmon fillet in a zip-bag and fill it with the marinade. Make sure the marinade thoroughly mixes with your fillet. You need to store the salmon like this for at least three hours before cooking but for best results, it is recommended that you store it overnight.
Once that part is done, all that’s left is the teppanyaki grilling. A very basic pointer is to make sure that you don’t burn your salmon in the intense teppanyaki flame! You might be wondering what kind of sides will go with this dish? I have already mentioned them earlier!
The perfect conclusion to this already magnificent dish will be the addition of green onions and a side of lime wedges. Of course, remember to give that extra blast of flavor with an additional rub of the marinade on the fillet after it is grilled!
5) Browned butter honey garlic teppanyaki salmon grill
The last recipe on the list and without any doubt it is the most sophisticated one. This is the one that requires the most skill, time as well as attention. Don’t be afraid of these demands because if you follow my instructions correctly- you’ll be good to go!
The first thing you need to do is to make the browned butter honey garlic. This is not as hard as it sounds. Take a chunk of butter in a non-stick pan and wait for the butter to bubble. Stir the butter well before adding honey. Be sure to mix the honey and butter thoroughly before adding the garlic. Once that is done you’ll notice a vibrant colored sauce is formed.
If you’re going to make salmon for 4 persons, you can get 4 salmon fillets of around 250 grams each.
The browned butter consists of:
- a chunk of butter, around 4 tablespoons
- 2 cloves of garlic, thoroughly minced
- 4 tablespoons of honey
You can add a splash of lemon juice to make it taste fresh and vibrant. Don’t overdo it though (around half a lemon for a 4 person dish).
The grilling of the salmon in the teppanyaki is the easiest part. Once your brown butter marinade is ready, you are all set to start your grilling. You need to be cautious here because the butter marinade makes the salmon very slippery so it may easily fall apart in the teppanyaki if you are not careful enough!
After you are done leave the grilled salmon fillet for a while- once it has cooled down add another layer of browned butter to this. This will ensure a terrific caramelized finish. You might be wondering what kind of sides will go with this recipe? Well, to be honest, this dish is so delicious on its own that any sides will go with it. I personally prefer the traditional veggies as they provide the additional health benefits.
And you can add some of the leftover slices of the lemon as well for a nice garnish and some extra zing for anyone who wants it.
Salmon is a fish that provides several health benefits and grilling it on teppanyaki is a delicious way to stay healthy! If you don’t have a teppanyaki grill yet check out this awesome tabletop grill. I hope you find these recipes helpful and can execute them with perfection.
Even more recipes are also available for you! These recipes all have the potential to be the best dishes in the world given that your effort is there. Practice, persevere and you will surely excel in making the perfect teppanyaki salmon. Choose the recipes according to your own personal taste.
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