You don’t need to let things simmer for hours to get incredible flavor. Get dinner on the table in 30 minutes with this baked salmon with wasabi paste recipe.
I know what you’re thinking, isn’t wasabi spicy? Yes, wasabi can add a kick to dishes, but when complemented with ginger it adds warmth more than heat. Learn more about wasabi and its history in an article I recently written here.
Where is Teriyaki Sauce From?
This is my version of salmon teriyaki. Surprisingly, the origin of teriyaki sauce is believed to have been from America. Researchers have found that the first teriyaki sauce (pineapple juice, soy sauce, and mirin) ever made was in Hawaii, thanks to the Japanese people that immigrated there. By the 1960s, it had spread to the mainland and was quite popular while in Japan it was unknown.
What You’ll Need
To bring this recipe to life, you will need the following ingredients:
- Soy sauce
- Wasabi paste
- Long grain rice
- Green onions
- Vegetable oil or cooking spray, to grease
- Kewpie Mayonnaise, store brought or homemade. If you make it yourself, you’ll need American mayonnaise, rice vinegar, and sugar.
- 4 Salmon fillets, about 4 oz for each piece
Bringing It Together
So, the first thing you will want to get started is the oven and a pot of water. Preheat the oven to 350° F and bring two ups of water to a boil, for 1½ cups of dry rice. Grab your baking tray and lightly grease it with a small amount of vegetable oil. In a shallow dish that can fit all four salmon filets, possibly a casserole dish, mix together the soy sauce, ginger, and wasabi paste. Next, place the filet flesh side down and let it marinade for about 15 minutes.
In the meantime, once your water is boiling, add in the rice, cover and let it simmer for about 15 – 20 minutes. After the salmon is marinated, transfer the filet to the greased baking tray, this time place them skin side down. Let the salmon bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until its easily flaked with a fork. While the salmon is baking, prep your green onions by slicing them diagonally.
Now, let’s begin plating! Spread the rice evenly among the four dishes and place the baked filets on top. Drizzle your dish with kewpie mayonnaise, garnish it with the sliced green onions, and serve!
Not all of us are on TikTok but I’m sure we are all aware of the viral food trends that happen because of this video-based social media app. One of those trends is the kewpie mayonnaise salmon rice. If you haven’t seen this video, you can check it out here. Kewpie mayonnaise is a Japanese condiment that uses only egg yolks, as opposed to American mayonnaise which uses whole eggs. You can purchase kewpie mayonnaise online on sites like Amazon or you can make your own American version at home! You can simply whisk together 1 tbsp of American mayonnaise, ½ tsp rice vinegar and ⅛ tsp sugar.
Baked Salmon with Wasabi Paste
- 2 tbsp soy sauce you can choose to use a low sodium option
- 1 tbsp ginger minced
- 1 tsp wasabi paste this can be found a local Asian markets
- 1½ cup long grain rice
- 2 cups water
- 2 stalks green onions sliced diagonally
- 4 fillets Salmon 4oz each
- Small amount of vegetable oil or cooking spray to grease baking tray
Kewpie Mayonnaise (or you can buy a store bought version)
- 1 tbsp American Mayonnaise
- ½ tsp rice vinegar
- ⅛ tsp sugar
- Preheat oven to 350° F and bring water to a boil
- Lightly grease a baking tray with a small amount of vegetable oil.
- Mix the soy sauce, ginger and wasabi in a dish that will fit all four salmon fillets. You can use a shallow dish similar to casserole dish. Place the salmon flesh side down and let it marinade for 15 minutes.
- Once the water is boiling, add in the rice, lower the heat, cover and let it simmer for 15 – 20 minutes or until tender.
- Transfer salmon fillets to the prepared baking tray, skin side down. Bake the salmon for 10-15 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.
- Make your kewpie mayonnaise by whisking together the mayonnaise, rice vinegar, and sugar.
- Wash and prep the green onions by slicing them diagonally and set aside for garnishing.
- Spread the rice between four dishes and serve the baked salmon fillets on the bed of rice. Drizzle with the kewpie mayonnaise (homemade or store bought), and garnish with the sliced green onions. Enjoy!