In a sealable plastic bag combine well the soy sauce, the garlic, the lemon juice, and the sugar, add the salmon, coating it well, and let it marinate, sealed and chilled, for 30 minute. Remove the salmon from the bag, discarding the marinade, pat it dry and press 2 teaspoons of the pepper onto each piece of salmon, coating it thoroughly. In a heavy skillet heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking and in it saute the salmon for 2 minutes on each side, or until it just flakes.
Transfer the salmon with a slotted spatula to paper towels and let it drain for 30 seconds.
Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine