Caramelized Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Toasted Buckwheat

Oh, yum! This is my gluten free recipe of the week. I LOVE salmon and anything with an asian flare. I also like a little heat so I rubbed a little siracha onto my fish filets. This is a great well-rounded, light but filling meal for November.

Thank you so Half Baked Harvest for the recipe. 

Caramelized Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Toasted Buckwheat

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Serves 4

For the Salmon:
1/2 cup sake
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
1 tablespoon peanut or sesame oil
1 1/2 pounds skin on salmon cut into filets
2-3 teaspoons sugar
steamed edamame for serving

For the Sesame Toasted Buckwheat:
1 cup raw buckweat groats
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 teaspoons honey
Juice + zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
1/2 hot house or english cucumber sliced thin
2 green onions, sliced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped 

Bring 2 cups water to a boil, add the buckwheat and boil until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain. Add the buckwheat to a bowl and toss with the soy sauce, peanut oil, honey, lime zest + juice and ginger. Stir in the cucumber, green onions and cilantro. Keep warm and serve a long side the salmon.

In a bowl, whisk together the sake, rice vinegar, soy sauce and ginger. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil. Sprinkle the top of the fish with with the sugar. Once hot, add the salmon, skin side down. Sear for 2-3 minutes or until the skin is crisp. Carefully flip the salmon and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the salmon has caramelized slightly. Carefully remove the salmon from the pan.

Wipe the skillet clean of any grease and add the teriyaki sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by a 1/3. Add the salmon, skin facing up. Cook two minutes and then remove from the heat. Serve the salmon along side the buckwheat and drizzled with the teriyaki sauce. EAT!

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