A Classic Preparation
“One of the most Americanized of all Japanese recipes is teriyaki.” — Karen Green
In America, the term teriyaki has come to refer to food that has been marinated in a sweet Soy marinade, then grilled or broiled. In Japanese cuisine, the concept is the opposite: Food is grilled or broiled, then a sweetened Soy Sauce based glaze is brushed on the food as a final touch. Its purpose is to seal in the juices in the grilled food.
The Japanese term teriyaki comes from the words teru ‘to shine’ and yaku ‘to grill.’ Elizabeth Andoh explains that the term really means “glazed: and :seared with heat,” so basically “glazed grill.” Continue reading