Miso Salmon

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Jan. 11, 2013

I love Japanese food. It can be delicate or hearty, intricate or plain, sophisticated or everyday. Often people think Japanese food is hard to make. In fact, many popular Japanese dishes are fairly easy for the home cook. Teriyaki, tonkatsu and tempura all come to mind.

But for one of the easiest Japanese dishes, try miso-glazed salmon. This is a great weekday meal: only six ingredients, prep time of about 5 minutes, very little clean up, and healthy, to boot!

This recipe requires a broiler. If you dont have one in your oven, a toaster oven should do just fine. When broiling, remember that foods can burn very quickly given their proximity to the heat source. Keep a watchful eye on your food.


Salmon steaks 1 Pound (2 steaks of 1/2 pound each)
For the marinade
Soy sauce 1 Teaspoon
Mirin 2 Tablespoon
White miso 2 Tablespoon
Water 1 Tablespoon
Sugar 1 Teaspoon
For the glaze
Sugar 1 Tablespoon
Fresh ginger 1/2 Teaspoon , minced



1. To make the marinade, in a small bowl, combine soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of the mirin, 2 tablespoons of miso, water and 1 teaspoon sugar.

2. Put salmon steaks into a gallon-size, zip-top plastic bag. Add marinade, seal the bag and flip bag back and forth a few times to disperse marinade. Marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat the broiler.


4. Remove salmon steaks from refrigerator. Place on foil-lined baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes about 5 inches from the heat source.

5. While the salmon is broiling make miso glaze by combining remaining 2 tablespoons of mirin, 2 tablespoons of the miso, 1 tablespoon sugar and ginger.

6. After broiling for 5 minutes, flip salmon steaks and continue to broil for an additional 2 to 3 minutes; remove from the oven when almost done. Test by flaking fish with a fork. Salmon should be almost totally opaque, but slightly rare in the center.

7. Spread glaze on top of salmon steaks and return to the broiler for another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove when salmon is cooked through and miso glaze just begins to char. Watch carefully to prevent burning.

Note: To determine whether fish is cooked, gently pull apart the flesh with a small knife or two forks. Fish is cooked when it has turned opaque and flakes easily.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Very Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 2

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 418Calories from Fat 137

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g23.1%

Saturated Fat 2 g10%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 931 mg38.79%

Total Carbohydrates 21 g7%

Dietary Fiber %

Sugars 15 g

Protein 47 g94%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet