From the Japanese Kitchen: Salmon “Chan Chan Yaki”

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In Hokkaido (Japan’s northernmost island) we have a local dish called “chan chan yaki”. It’s a Hokkaido fisherman’s hot pot full of fish (usually salmon, sometimes trout) and vegetables. The “yaki” in chan chan yaki means “fry up” or “grill”. But what about “chan chan”? Actually, the source of the word is somewhat mysterious and many stories exist about its origin. I like the one claiming that chan chan is the sound made when you fry up the ingredients in a pan with metal spatulas.

Uh-oh, maybe I’m spending too much time introducing the dish. Now I’m going to share a recipe for chan chan yaki from the popular cooking video series, “Cooking with Dog” 😉



[Ingredients for Salmon Chan Chan Yaki] (serves 2)

2 Salmon Fillets
A sprinkle of Salt
2 tsp Sake

½ Onion (100g/3.53 oz)
2 Cabbage Leaves (200g/7.05 oz)
2 Shiitake Mushrooms
50g Shimeji Mushrooms
1 Potato
1 Bell Pepper
½ Long Green Onion
5 tbsp Frozen Corn
2 tsp Butter

2 tbsp Miso
2 tbsp Sake
1 tsp Soy Sauce
2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Grated Ginger Root
Vegetable Oil


This is JAPAN Style!