Sous Vide Salmon Teriyaki

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Restaurant chefs love the technique known as sous vide because it yields moist and flavorful fish, meat and produce. Our professional sous vide machine, designed for home use, makes it easy to cook sous vide in your own kitchen. Be sure to use fresh salmon for this recipe, not previously frozen, to prevent the fish from flaking apart while cooking.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbs. mirin
  • 1/4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 4 salmon fillets, each about 6 oz. (185 g)
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced on the bias
  • Steamed rice for serving


In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, mirin and cornstarch. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute. Let cool to room temperature. Reserve 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) of the sauce.

Place the salmon fillets in separate vacuum-sealable bags and pour the remaining sauce into the bags, dividing evenly. Using a vacuum sealer, vacuum and seal the bags tight according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours.

Prepare a sous vide immersion circulator for use according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Preheat the water to 126°F (52°C). Place the bags into the circulating water and cook for 30 minutes for medium doneness. Carefully remove the bags from the circulating water. Remove the fish from the bags and pat dry. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the reserved 1/4 cup sauce until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.

In a large nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add 2 salmon fillets, skin side up, and cook until lightly seared, about 20 seconds. Turn the fish over and sear for 20 seconds more. Transfer to a platter. Repeat with the remaining 2 fillets.

Spoon the warm sauce over the fish and garnish with the sesame seeds and green onions. Serve immediately with steamed rice. Serves 4.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfectly cooked Salmon Excellent Salmon! I increased the temperature of the water bath to 128 degrees because I like my salmon medium instead of “jelly-like” in the center. Believe it or not, just a few degrees will make a huge difference in the texture of the fish. I brined the salmon in an approximately 10% salt solution (1 quart of water and ½ cup kosher salt) for 30 minutes prior to sealing the salmon. This helps to eliminate the white albumen that comes out of the fish when cooked sous vide. I seared the salmon filets on a cast iron skillet heated to scorching hot on my grill. The results were excellent. The salmon filets were perfectly pink throughout and the crust from the searing added a great dimension of texture. My only recommendation is proper handling of the fish after it is cooked. It is extremely delicate so I transferred the salmon to the skillet and back using a very long spatula. I will make this again and next time will increase the heat of the teriyaki sauce.
Date published: 2013-10-15
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