ter·​i·​ya·​ki | \ ˌter-ē-ˈyä-kē How to pronounce teriyaki (audio) \

Definition of teriyaki

: a Japanese dish of meat or fish that is grilled or broiled after being soaked in a seasoned soy sauce marinade

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Recent Examples on the Web Sauce completes the mix, with teriyaki, gochujang, cucumber wasabi, yum-yum, sesame ginger or spicy sriracha options. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Bibibop to open in Crocker Park next week," 17 Oct. 2019 In the kitchen of her loft apartment in Lawrence, Taylor Gold reads aloud from a recipe for salmon teriyaki, secured inside a plastic sheet protector. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 26 Sep. 2019 Standouts from the menu include: Pu Pu Platter with Bali bottle rockets, chicken, shrimp, spicy teriyaki ribs, pork pot stickers and Mexi-Poly street corn. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Going to Scottsdale Fashion Square? Here are 9 new restaurants to try in Old Town," 27 Nov. 2019 In the '70s, flying Pan Am from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Tokyo meant starting with cocktails like a Manhattan or whiskey sour, followed by hors d'oeuvres, teriyaki steak or chicken, rice and dessert. Natalie B. Compton, chicagotribune.com, "The Golden Age of airplane food is over; the future is snacks, sustainability," 21 Oct. 2019 Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with shichimi togarashi and teriyaki sauce. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Iyasare’s Kakiage Tempura," 18 Oct. 2019 Combine the ingredients for the teriyaki sauce and set aside. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Country-Style Kimchi Fried Rice," 9 Oct. 2019 Zabala’s modernist cooking is frequently fun and delicious, with Wonka-esque conversation pieces like a pizza slice fashioned out of meringue and a crisp turbo wing laminated in teriyaki sauce. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The best thing our restaurant critic ate this summer," 14 Sep. 2019 The beef also acted as a better platform for the teriyaki sauce, although the sauce itself didn’t bring anything particularly noteworthy to the plate. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Japanese restaurant on Bardstown Road falls short of serving A+ sushi," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of teriyaki

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teriyaki

Japanese, from teri glaze + yaki broiling

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The first known use of teriyaki was in 1901

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19 Jan 2020

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“Teriyaki.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teriyaki. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of teriyaki

: a sauce used in some Asian cooking
: a dish that is flavored with teriyaki

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