Broiled Salmon with Miso Glaze for Two
Combine miso, mirin, soy sauce and ginger, and you get a rich and delectable Japanese-style glaze for salmon (or chicken, tofu, pork chops, etc.). These versatile ingredients last for months in the refrigerator and add incomparable flavor.
- 1 tablespoon miso, preferably white (see Note)
- 1 tablespoon mirin, (see Note)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- Hot pepper sauce, to taste
- 8 ounces center-cut salmon fillet, skinned (see Tip) and cut into 2 portions
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallions
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, (see Tip)
- Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Line a small baking pan with foil. Coat the foil with cooking spray.
- Whisk miso, mirin, soy sauce, ginger and hot sauce in a small bowl until smooth.
- Place salmon fillets, skinned-side down, in the prepared pan. Brush generously with the miso mixture. Broil the salmon until just cooked through in the center, 6 to 8 minutes. Garnish the salmon with scallions, cilantro and sesame seeds.
Tips & Notes
- Ingredient notes: Miso is fermented soybean paste made by inoculating a mixture of soybeans, salt and grains (usually barley or rice) with koji, a beneficial mold. Aged for up to 3 years, miso is undeniably salty, but a little goes a long way. Shiromiso (sweet or white miso), made with soy and rice, is yellow and milder in flavor; use for soup, salad dressings and sauces for fish or chicken.
- Mirin is a sweet, low-alcohol rice wine essential in Japanese cooking. Look for it in your supermarket with the Asian ingredients.
- Tips: Place a fish fillet on a clean cutting board, skin side down. Starting at the tail end, slip the blade of a long, sharp knife between the fish flesh and the skin, holding the skin down firmly with your other hand. Gently push the blade along at a 30° angle, separating the fillet from the skin without cutting through either.
- To toast sesame seeds, heat a small dry skillet over low heat. Add sesame seeds and stir constantly until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.
Per serving: 214 calories; 9 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 62 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 24 g protein; 1 g fiber; 421 mg sodium; 603 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (60% daily value), high omega-3s.
Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrates, 3 lean meat
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- Main Ingredient
- Preparation/ Technique
- Type of Dish
- Main dish, fish/seafood
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 30 minutes or less