The pros: Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki is different from other teriyaki sauces on the market and slightly different than the similar sounding Trader Joe’s Soyaki.
The cons: If you don’t like pineapple, then you should skip this item. This also tastes very salty, so you might be better off using this sparingly if you are going to marinade something.
It’s July and it’s been hot as anything. So, cooking is not high on my priority list. So consider this review a continuation of a previous night’s scallop review.
I have my fair share of marinades sitting in my cabinet waiting to be used. So reached for this one. They do sell a similar sounding Soyaki marinade, but I haven’t cracked that bottle open just yet.
What stands out about this marinade is the obvious island theme of this bottle. It’s bright, yellow, and makes me think about the time I spent in the Caribbean.
Being that it is hotter than the Caribbean here in New York lately, this was the bottle I went for.
This dark hued liquid looks nearly identical to the similar sounding Soyaki marinade with at least one notable exception: pineapple.
If you want your meat to be tender, then marinade it in pineapple juice. Pineapple juice contains an enzyme called bromelain which can make meat more tender. Not all pineapple juice has this ability. If the juice is canned, powdered, or bottled the enzyme will be destroyed in the process. If its fresh or frozen, then it is still in tact.
In either case, I marinaded the scallops for about 20 minutes before putting them in a super hot pan in an effort to cook in under 5 minutes. The marinade bubbled and created a dark colored glaze on the scallops that I had.
The flavor here is primarily teriyaki in all of its richly soy sauce flavor. But other flavors are very much there as well. Ginger and sesame were present as was the acidity from both the pineapple juice and vinegar. The sesame seeds were there but did not seem to play a major role. The sesame oil added the flavor.
Overall, this is a solid marinade. It was a bit strong for my liking as a dipping sauce, but if you are a teriyaki fan then you may like this twist on a classic.
For $3.69 its a pretty decent sized bottle. And if you like the taste of teriyaki you might like this too.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bottle of Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
How to prepare:
After being used to marinate some scallops:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki again.
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