In her article, Introduction to Japanese Teriyaki, Japenese food expert Setsuko Yoshizuka writes that the word teriyaki is a combination of two Japanese words. The first word “teri” means luster or glaze. The second word “yaki” means grill or broil. Basic teriyaki sauce contains three ingredients: soy sauce, mirin, and sugar. Mirin is the ingredient responsible for adding luster to a dish. A variety of teriyaki sauces can be purchased in grocery stores. However, with some practice, making it at home is fairly simple. No matter if one chooses to use homemade or store bought teriyaki, the Japanese sauce tastes great on meats and vegetables. The following recipe is for country style pork ribs.
2 to 3 pounds of country style pork ribs
1/4 cup of olive oil + 2 tablespoons
2 teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
1 tablespoon of onion powder
1 tablespoon of paprika
3 stalks of green onions (chopped small)
3 garlic cloves (minced or crushed)
1 to 2 inch piece of peeled ginger (minced or crushed)
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of red cooking wine
1 cup of teriyaki sauce
Non-stick cooking spray
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Rinse the ribs to remove any excess debris. Pat them dry with a clean paper towel. Pound the ribs with a smooth meat mallet to tenderize them.
Spray a deep baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place the ribs in the baking dish. Drizzle the ribs with the 2 tablespoons of olive oil, coating them on both sides.
Mix the dry spices (salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika) in a bowl. Sprinkle the dry spices on both sides of the ribs. Massage the spices into the meat.
Cover the seasoned ribs with foil and bake in the pre-heated oven for 25 minutes.
While the ribs are baking, mix the marinade ingredients (green onions, garlic cloves, ginger, honey, red cooking wine, teriyaki sauce) in a large container, preferably one with a pouring spout.
Remove the ribs from the oven, remove the foil, and drain all the liquid from the baking dish.
Pour 3/4 of the marinade over the ribs and bake them uncovered at 400 degrees for about 15 more minutes. Remove the ribs from the oven and pour the remaining marinade over them. Return the ribs to the oven and turn the oven up to broil for about 2 to 5 minutes to caramelize the marinade.
Remove the ribs from the oven. Let them rest for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
The spices and the teriyaki marinade from this recipe work well on chicken. They can also be used on some types of fish, like salmon. The marinade can be drizzled onto stir-fried vegetables. Ginger teriyaki country style pork ribs are a nice alternative to traditional barbecue ribs.