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Grilled Salmon with Teriyaki Shiitake Mushrooms

(recipe, Anna Conley)


The Good News Dr. Andrew Weil mixes sake with soy sauce, sesame oil and brown sugar to make an Asian-accented glaze for shiitake. Using the meaty-tasting mushrooms as a topping for salmon creates a dish loaded with heart-protective omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and protein.


  1. ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon sake
  2. 2½ Tbsp. soy sauce
  3. 2½ tsp. light brown sugar
  4. 2 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  5. 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  6. ¾ lb. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and caps thickly sliced
  7. Four 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
  8. 1 Tbsp. snipped chives


  1. Preheat the broiler. In a small bowl, whisk the sake with the soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame oil. In a large nonstick, ovenproof skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the canola oil. Add the shiitake and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned in spots and tender, about 8 minutes. Add all but 1 tablespoon of the sake mixture and cook, stirring, until the skillet is dry and the mushrooms are glazed, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a plate.
  2. Wipe out the skillet and heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of canola oil. Add the salmon fillets and cook over high heat, turning once, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Spoon off any fat in the skillet. Remove the skillet from the heat, add the reserved 1 tablespoon of the sake mixture and turn the fillets to coat.
  3. Broil the salmon until the top is golden, lightly glazed and just cooked through, 1½ to 2 minutes. Transfer the salmon to plates and top with the mushrooms. Sprinkle with the snipped chives and serve.