I was talking to my friend K, who said he'd made some salmon with teriyaki sauce. Of course then I couldn't stop thinking about teriyaki, not until I brewed up a batch. Naturally I would opt to use it with salmon too, since this is a match made in heaven -- and Margy loves taking leftover salmon teriyaki for lunch.
Two things about teriyaki sauce:
My goal was to have a proper feast in the middle of the week, since we'd been eating so many leftovers and takeout meals recently. In the end I made a wonderful dinner that seemed fancy but was actually really simple and quick. If you already have the teriyaki sauce on hand and you choose white rice rather than long-cooking brown rice, this could easily be a 30-minute meal. Here's what I did in the hour before Margy came home:
I put the brown rice on -- set it and forget it, basically. I started cooking the teriyaki sauce. I rinsed and trimmed some asparagus, tossed it with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread it out on a cookie sheet for roasting. I sliced an onion for my superdelicious side dish, teriyaki onions. The sauce was ready by the time Margy walked in, her eyes widening as she saw what was going on. ("There'll be leftovers, right?" she asked, just a little nervously.)
I preheated the broiler, and put the onions in a pan with a ladle of teriyaki sauce, under medium-low heat. The trick is to cook them slowly for 10 to 12 minutes and let them get all sticky and irresistible. Then I threw the tray of asparagus into the hot oven above the broiler, laid individual-serving-sized pieces of salmon, skin side down, on the broiler pan (which I coated with a tiny bit of canola oil to prevent sticking), brushed the fish with teriyaki sauce, and put it under the broiler. Twice during the 7-to-8-minute cooking time I basted the fish with sauce and put it back under the flame.
This, of course, is an inexact science. The fish was done before the asparagus, so I took it out and put the veggies under the broiler for a minute while I arranged the plates. The asparagus ended up perfectly cooked.
You have to try this.