Posted 6 days ago

Eat Well, Live Well – Teriyaki Salmon


– 1 cup soy sauce
– 1 cup seasoned rice vinegar
– 1 tablespoon maple syrup
– 1 garlic clove, smashed flat, skin removed, and left whole
– 4 thick-cut fillets of salmon, skin removed (6-8 ounces each)
– 4 teaspoons sesame oil
– 2 red frying peppers, cored and julienned
– 2 yellow banana peppers, cored and julienned
– 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled and julienned
– 4 scallions, white parts only, shredded
– 4 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish, divided


1. Make the marinade: In a medium bowl beat together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, and smashed garlic clove with a fork. Gently press the garlic clove into the marinade to release its juices.
2. Place the salmon fillets into a gallon freezer bag in a single layer. Pour the marinade over them, massaging it into the fish fillets until they are well coated. Seal bag. Place in the fridge and let marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Turn bag once or twice to evenly distribute the marinade.
3. Preheat the oven to 425F degrees. Place a full cookie sheet onto the center shelf of the oven.
4. Tear off 4 squares of parchment paper or aluminum foil, large enough to comfortably hold one salmon fillet each. If lining the foil with parchment paper, make it the same size as the foil and lay it on the dull side of the foil. Remove the salmon fillets from the marinade. Reserve the marinade discarding the garlic.
5. Tip 1 teaspoon of sesame oil into the center of the left side of each foil/parchment square. Divide the peppers, ginger, and scallions between the 4 squares in equal amounts. Toss the veggies with the oil on each square. Moisten the veggies with 1 tablespoon of the marinade. Lay a salmon fillet on top of ½ the vegetables in each packet. Pile with the rest on top of it. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the marinade over the fish and veggies.
6. To make the packets: fold the foil in half over the fish and veggies. Starting from the fold, tightly twist and roll the sides of the packet together to seal, leaving one corner open. Repeat with the other 3 packets. Add any remaining marinade to the packets and close.
7. Lay the packets on the hot cookie sheet in a single layer and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Remove from the oven. Let sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before opening.
8. Carefully open the packets – they will be steamy! You can plate the fish and vegetables or serve them in the half-open packets. Sprinkle the salmon and veggies with toasted sesame seeds if using.

Brenda Gridley, CSP, RDN

Brenda is originally from Los Angeles, CA where she attended California State University of Los Angeles for her under graduate degree in Nutritional Science. She began her career with Kaiser Permanente in 2004.    Throughout her professional development, she has worked in Cardiology and open heart surgery, Renal/Dialysis, organ transplants and Oncology, including chemotherapy, radiation and head and neck.  Brenda has extensive experience with weight management programs, including Bariatric and finally Eating disorders and mindful eating.  She went on to specialize in the Pediatric population and has maintained her Certification in Pediatric Nutrition since 2011.  Areas she has managed include pediatric and neonatal intensive care units where she was responsible for individualizing therapeutic diets and alternate nutrition support  based on specific metabolic needs, medical conditions, and cultural preferences.

Her passion for nutrition was developed at a young age and reared by her grandmother who always instilled the importance of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.  When her grandmother became ill, Brenda became aware of the impact nutrition plays in disease prevention and maintaining overall mind and body health.  She cared for grandmother until she passed and has made it her goal to help others achieve their full “nutrition potential” with using a culturally sensitive holistic approach.

She is married with two beautiful daughters and in her spare time she enjoys watching movies with her children, experimenting with new recipes, reading mystery novels, running and Yoga.

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