Who says teriyaki is reserved for chicken and pork only? You can certainly enjoy a lovely fish teriyaki dish that’s just as good as the meat ones. If you’ve got some dietary restrictions due to health or religious reasons, or if you’re simply epi-curious (is that a word?), then this dish is for you!

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Here in Nova Scotia, we like our fish and seafood. It’s fresh and abundant, and that means we can always find a new way to prepare it.

There are a lot of ingredients, but most of them are spices.

You’re going to need any meaty fish fillets. Tuna, cod, or mackerel are all good choices. Cut it into nugget-sized pieces – you can leave the skin on so that the fish will hold its shape. You’ll also need a bit of salt and pepper, potato flour, fresh ginger root, star anise, peppercorns, soy sauce, white vinegar, water, leeks, brown sugar, cooking oil and optionally some sesame seeds and sesame oil.

Because this recipe takes only 15 minutes or less to make, you’ll need to get out your sauce’s ingredients out first. You may simply add everything to a bowl so the sauce is ready as soon as the fish is cooked.

ingredients for Fish Teriyaki

Season the fish with salt and pepper and dust with flour. Shake off excess flour. You can use regular wheat flour, but potato flour will hold its crispness longer.

Fish pieces dusted with spices and flour

Fry the fish on a skillet over medium high heat making sure that both sides are well-browned.

fried fish pieces

Pour the sauce mixture (peppercorns, soy sauce, vinegar, water, sugar, ginger, star anise) over the fish and allow to boil. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook together for about 5 minutes.

fish pieces simmering in sauce

Add the leeks and continue cooking just until the leeks get soft but are still green. Remove from heat. You may add a bit of sesame oil at this point.

Fish teriyaki with green onions

Serve over cooked brown, white, or red rice! A pressure cooker is a foolproof way to cook rice. Don’t forget to sprinkle with some sesame seeds if you eat them!

This recipe serves 3-4 people, but of course you can double or triple it.

Fish teriyaki ready to eat over rice

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Fish Teriyaki


  • Author: Marie Beausoleil
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Description

Teriyaki is usually made with chicken or beef but fish teriyaki is delicious, quick – and healthy.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound any meaty fish fillet, cut into nugget-size pieces (tuna, cod, and mackerel are all great choices). You may keep the skin on to help the fish retain its shape.
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons potato flour
  • 1/2 inch ginger, sliced thinly
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar (or use rice wine vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 small bundle leeks, sliced into 2 to 3 inch sections
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying the fish
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, optional

Instructions

  1. Because this recipe takes only 15 minutes or less to make, you’ll need to get out your sauce’s ingredients out first. You may simply add everything to a bowl so the sauce is ready as soon as the fish is cooked.
  2. Season the fish with salt and pepper and dust with flour. Shake off excess flour.
  3. Fry the fish on a skillet over medium high heat making sure that both sides are well-browned.
  4. Pour the sauce mixture (peppercorns, soy sauce, vinegar, water, sugar, ginger, star anise) over the fish and allow to boil. Reduce to simmer and allow to cook together for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the leeks and continue cooking just until the leeks get soft but are still green. Remove from heat. You may add a bit of sesame oil at this point.
  6. Serve over cooked brown, white, or red rice! Don’t forget to sprinkle with some sesame seeds!
  7. This recipe serves 3-4 people.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4

Just Plain Living

Teriyaki is usually made with chicken or beef but fish teriyaki is delicious, quick - and healthy. Whip it up in about fifteen minutes.