Baked Teriyaki Yellowtail

Let’s explore the rich flavors of Japan with my Baked Teriyaki Yellowtail recipe! Crafted with tender yellowtail fillets marinated in a homemade teriyaki sauce, baked to perfection, and finished with a delicious teriyaki glaze! It’s an easy-to-follow recipe that promises to delight your taste buds with its vibrant flavors. Say hello to this baked yellowtail recipe that’s sure to become a favorite in your household!

Why I Love This Recipe

Let me tell you why I absolutely love this recipe! It’s a seamless fusion of authentic Japanese flavors with the convenience of simple preparation. Picture juice tender yellowtail fillets, similar to those I use in my popular Seared Hamachi Yellowtail recipe, soaking up a homemade Teriyaki Sauce based marinade before being baked to perfection in the oven!

What sets this dish apart is my special technique—I don’t just drizzle the teriyaki sauce on top afterward like in my Teriyaki Salmon Bowl, but instead, I ensure maximum flavor infusion by marinating the yellowtail first and then brushing on a reduction of the marinade as a glaze!

This yields tender, sweet-savory yellowtail with a subtle hint of ginger, perfect for anyone seeking an easy, healthy, and utterly delicious Japanese-style fish dish. If you’re eager to impress your taste buds with bold flavors and minimal effort, this recipe is your ticket for a taste of authentic Japanese baked yellowtail right in your own kitchen!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Yellowtail Fillet – Japanese Yellowtail Hamachi fillet found at most Asian or Japanese supermarkets.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. Used as the base of the teriyaki sauce.
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Used as the base flavor in teriyaki sauce.
  • Sweetener – sugar substitute or preferred sweetener.
  • Ginger – freshly grated ginger, used in the teriyaki sauce marinade.
  • Green Onions – chopped fresh green onions used as a garnish.

🍣 Hamachi Note

Note that Japanese Yellowtai is distinct from California/Baja yellowtail or kingfish. While they may appear similar, the texture and tenderness of yellowtail hamachi are unique and not interchangeable with the others.

🍶 Mirin Note

While Mirin is a traditional ingredient in teriyaki sauce, this recipe accommodates for the potential unavailability of mirin in certain locations by adjusting the ratio of Japanese sake and sweetener.

Ingredients to make teriyaki baked yellowtail on the countertop.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Directions

Step 1 Start by boiling Japanese sake in a skillet for 15-20 seconds.

Japanese sake in a skillet being boiled out.

🍶 Boiling Sake Pro Tip

For a quicker alternative to boiling sake, you can simply Microwave for 30-45 Seconds.

Step 2 In a mixing bowl, combine boiled Japanese sake, sweetener, and soy sauce, stirring until all the sweetener has dissolved.

Teriyaki marinade in a mixing bowl.

Step 3 Pat the yellowtail fillet dry as needed with a paper towel. Place the fillets in a ziplock bag, pour in the teriyaki marinade remove as much as air possible from the bag and close. Transfer to the fridge and marinate for 1-2 hours.

Yellowtail fillets being marinated in a ziplock bag.

💡 Marinating Pro Tip

For maximum flavor, marinate the yellowtail fillets for the full 2 Hours.

🌀 Removing Air Pro Tip

Fully Submerge the Zip Lock Bag Underwater, allowing any air to escape before sealing it shut.

Step 4 Remove the yellowtail from the marinade and allow any extra marinade to drip off. Transfer the fillets to a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat and bake at 425°F for 8-10 minutes. Keep the extra marinade.

Teriyaki marinated yellowtail on baking tray.

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

For fish, the safe internal temperature is 145°F, but it’s advisable to stop cooking at 140°F to avoid overcooking and maintain juiciness and tenderness.

Step 5 Add the leftover marinade into a sauce pan and boil over medium heat until slightly thickened like a glaze, about 2 minutes. Once the yellowtail is done baking, brush the glaze on the yellowtail and serve.

Reduced teriyaki marinade.

🌿 Garnishing Pro Tip

Garnish your yellowtail with chopped Green Onions before serving.

Recipe Variations

For a delightful twist, try my Teriyaki Salmon Bowl variation. Skip the marinade and instead, simply drizzle teriyaki sauce over salmon, then serve it atop a bed of fluffy rice.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair your baked teriyaki yellowtail with traditional Japanese sides like Japanese Spinach Salad or Japanese Cabbage Salad, along with a bowl of warm Tofu Miso Soup, rice of choice and a side of Japanese Soy Sauce Pickled Garlic for a complete Japanese style baked fish meal.

Baked teriyaki yellowtail served on a plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate the yellowtail fillets for the best flavor?

For the best flavor, I recommend marinating the yellowtail fillets for at least 2 hours. This duration allows the flavors to penetrate the fish fully. However, if you prefer a stronger flavor, you can marinate for up to 4 hours.

Can I use store-bought teriyaki sauce instead of making my own?

While you can use store-bought teriyaki sauce as a substitute, I highly recommend making your own for this recipe. My version of the homemade teriyaki sauce used in this recipe is specially crafted to complement fish.

Is it necessary to reduce the marinade and use it as a glaze?

While it's not absolutely necessary to reduce the marinade and use it as a glaze, I highly recommend doing so for the fullest flavor experience. Skipping this step won't completely ruin the dish, but you may find that the flavors aren't as robust as they could be.

Storage Tips

Store any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days.

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Baked teriyaki yellowtail served on a plate.

Baked Teriyaki Yellowtail

Discover the delight of Japanese-style Baked Teriyaki Yellowtail, a simple yet flavorful dish perfect for seafood lovers. With tender fillets marinated in homemade teriyaki sauce and baked to perfection, this recipe promises a taste of authentic Japanese cuisine right in your own kitchen. Try it today and elevate your dinner game!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Baked Teriyaki Yellowtail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 2
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Calories: 85kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lbs Japanese Yellowtail Fillet hamachi, 2 pieces
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1/4 Inch Ginger grated
  • 1 Stalk Green Onions chopped

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients to make teriyaki baked yellowtail on the countertop.
  • Combine boiled Japanese sake, soy sauce, sweetener, and grated ginger in a mixing bowl.
    Teriyaki marinade in a mixing bowl.
  • Pat dry the yellowtail fillets and place them in a ziplock bag. Pour in the marinade, remove excess air, and seal the ziplock bag. Marinate in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
    Yellowtail fillets being marinated in a ziplock bag.
  • Remove the yellowtail fillets from the marinade and place them on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. Save the marinade. Bake at 425°F for 8-10 minutes.
    Teriyaki marinated yellowtail on baking tray.
  • Pour the excess marinade into a saucepan and reduce it until a glaze forms over medium heat, around 2 minutes. Use this glaze to brush onto the yellowtail fillets before serving and garnish with chopped green onions.
    Reduced teriyaki marinade.

Nutrition

Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 1043mg | Potassium: 298mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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