Salmon Kabayaki

This Salmon Kabayaki recipe is as easy as it gets. All you need is 4 ingredients total to create one of the best fish dishes you’ve ever had. Although kids often don’t love fish, my boys adore this and can’t get enough of it.

Gluten-Free Kabayaki

The word “kabayaki” is a Japanese term that refers to a special preparation for fish that often entails a sweet soy-based sauce. Since I don’t eat soy, I’ve come up with a soy-free kabayaki recipe here.

I often double this sweet and tangy fish kabayaki recipe since my boys enjoy it so much.

Salmon Kabayaki

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  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir ume plum vinegar and honey
  2. When sauce begins to bubble turn down heat
  3. Simmer 4-5 minutes until thick enough to coat back of a spoon
  4. Place oil in a 9 inch skillet over high heat
  5. Place salmon in skillet, do not allow fillets to touch
  6. Fry salmon 2 minutes or until bottoms are browned
  7. Brush kabayaki sauce on salmon
  8. Flip salmon and brush other side
  9. Fry for 1-2 minutes until fish flakes easily and is cooked through
  10. Serve

How to Make Kabayaki Sauce

The first time I made this I burned the kabayaki sauce and had to toss it. The sauce was way too charred because I had left it on high-heat for too long.  The next dozen times that I made it I had perfect success. Whatever you do, keep a close eye on the kabayaki sauce. It can be a bit fragile. Also, when frying the fish, be careful and keep children out of the kitchen.

This recipe is based on one from Jaden Hair’s Steamy Kitchen Cookbook. If you’re looking for other healthy gluten-free dinner recipes check out my first book, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.

Healthy Low-Carb Dinner Recipes

This Salmon Kabayaki contains a fair amount of sweetener and so is not a low-carb dish. Here are some of my low-carb dinner recipes for you!


30 responses to “Salmon Kabayaki”

  1. This really is a wonderful recipe. The kabayaki sauce is so delicious. Since I had diakon radish from my CSA box, I shredded some and used it to soak up the extra sauce and add more of a japanese flavor to the dish. Rice would work as well. Delicious! Thanks for the great recipes!

  2. You have picked a winner with this Salmon Kabayaki. I made it last night for my family. I had the same problem you had – there wasn’t enough for everyone to get there fill. My family said this was a keeper. Thank you for these recipes.

  3. I was perusing your site last night for a salmon recipe straying from the traditional teriyaki or dill — I guess I should have waited another few hours to cook supper!

  4. I love salmon! This looks like a great way to enjoy it =D. My mom makes her salmon in a pouch, sort of steamed, so thats what I’m used to, but the flavours in yours are delicious!

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