What Is Miso Salmon?
Miso salmon is an amazing recipe where you can use just a little bit of miso and make your regular and everyday salmon into something absolutely delicious.
White miso is the mildest version of miso in Japanese cooking, the others being red miso (darker and more pungent and intense in taste) and mixed miso. Personally, I love white miso the most for its subtle and sweet taste.
If you are not familiar with miso, just think of it as the base of Japanese miso soup, or the grainy bits made from fermented soy beans. Therefore, if miso is a new ingredient for you, I suggest you start with white miso.
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Ingredients for Miso Glazed Salmon
A little bit of miso in any savory dish is bound to make the dish even better – the so-called “umami” so profound in Japanese cuisine.
Above all, to make the miso glaze, you only need 3 basic ingredients. You can find them at any Asian store, as they are really common:
- White miso (usually comes in a small plastic tub) and, as its name suggests, white miso looks pale yellowish white, the lightest in color. Its other name is shiromiso.
- Mirin, which is Japanese sweet seasoning wine
- Rice vinegar
In addition, if you are unsure of which brand to buy, I strongly recommend Mizkan, which is what I use.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Miso Made Of?
Miso is made primarily from soybeans. It is also made with sea salt and koji, and is mixed with some kind of grain such as rice or barley. This mixture ferments for up to 3 years, making it enzyme-rich. Therefore, miso is actually very healthy for you as it contains probiotics.
What Does White Miso Taste Like?
White miso is fermented with a large amount of rice. This results in a miso that is more white or light beige, and makes it have a much sweeter taste.
Do I Have to Use Salmon?
No, this recipe is highly adaptable to suit the protein of your choice. You can also use a different fish, or shrimp, lobster. You can even make miso steak (check out my recipe here).
How Many Calories?
This recipe only has 415 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
This meal is best served with a side of rice. For a wholesome meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 1 lb. skin on salmon fillets, preferably about 3/4 inch thick
- 1/4 cup white miso
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
- Preheat the oven to broil.
- Mix the Miso Glaze ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Clean the salmon, cut into two pieces and pat dry with paper towels.
- Put the salmon fillets skin side down on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, leaving space between them and broil for 3 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven, with a spoon, spread the miso mixture over the top of the fillets. Broil for 2 minutes or until the salmon is just barely opaque in the center.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
Super delicious. I used Awase Miso.
And I seared the salmon on the stove top in my awesome heavy duty carbon steel fry pan, then just put it under the broiler. It ended up having a very nice bottom crust. I highly recommend the DeBuyer Element B pans.
Absolutely fantastic tasting salmon. It was very easy and fast to assemble. Perfect for entertaining!
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What’s the green and white items on the top of the salmon?
They are chopped scallion and sesame.
hi there! did you change the recipe. I remembered when I last used this recipe there was mirin miso and soy sauce too. Or was it another recipe
No I didn’t change the recipe.
Hi there! Did you change the recipe? I remembered there was soy sauce the last time I used this recipe or is there another recipe with mirin soy sauce and miso?
Hi I stumbled across your website yesterday & noticed you have lots of fantastic recipes ! I’m new at cooking & will be attempting your Miso salmon tonight. How long should I preheat the oven for? Thanks for suggesting brands for the sauce ..i think it’s very helpful !
Hi Winnie, welcome to Rasa Malaysia. Every oven is different so preheat to broil according to your oven setting. Mine is at 550 F when it’s at Broil…or you can bake it at 400F (preheat to 400F) and then bake for 12 minutes.
please tell me the meaning of broil. i hv never done it. thanks
Broiling is done in the oven with just the top heating element used. If you are in Europe you may not have a heating element at top of your oven.
Yeah can we pan fry it instead of using a broiler?
Yes you can!
hi, I love your recipes!! But I have a question, I don’t have oven can I steam it instead?
Yes you can!
Salmon is one of my favorite fishes and yours is looking gorgeously fresh! Not sure if I would get Miso in my city… is it possible to make it at home?
No, you have to buy miso.