Friday, March 26, 2010

Miso-Glazed Salmon


This dish was inspired by my continued effort to eat healthier and eat more fish. I've already reached my "recommended" weight gain for this pregnancy. I'm an over-achiever that way. And since I still have a while to go, I am (sometimes) watching what I eat a bit more carefully. Apparently, it's a good idea to watch what you eat, even if you're not pregnant, but whatever. Plus fish is good for the baby's brain development - grow baby brain, grow! :)

I've always adored miso-glazed fish that you get at restaurants and was surprised to find that it is SUPER easy to make at home. Hardly any prep and minimal clean up, it's so quick and so good for you too. I'm definitely adding it to the regular rotation!

Ingredients:
- Salmon
- Miso paste
- Honey
- Soy
- Rice wine vinegar
- Ginger
- Mirin
- Water

Directions:
- Mix the miso paste, a bit of hot water, honey, soy, rice wine vinegar, grated ginger (I used a microplane grater), and mirin in a bowl to taste. If you're missing any of the ingredients (besides the miso), feel free to substitute. Honey and mirin can be replaced by brown sugar, etc. And honestly, if you're missing any of the other ingredients, it's fine to omit them altogether. The main thing you need is the miso and something sweet.
- Put the mixture in the microwave just long enough so that it thickens up a bit. It shouldn't take long.
- Put the salmon on some foil to make cleanup a cinch.
- Brush half of the glaze onto the salmon and pop it under a broiler for about 15 minutes. Since I was just making this for the two of us, I used our toaster oven instead of the full-sized and it still turned out great.
- After 15 minutes, take the fish out and brush on another layer of glaze and pop it back under the broiler until the fish has cooked through. For me, it took another 15 minutes, but it really depends on how thick your fish is and how strong your broiler is.
- Serve it with brown rice and steamed broccoli and you've got yourself a quick and healthy dinner. And if you have any extra sauce left, drizzle it over the rice and veggies.

14 comments:

Anncoo said...

This is very delicious, I also made this sometime with garlic.

MaryMoh said...

That's a big piece of salmon. Looks delicious. I love salmon. I cook it very often.

Catherine said...

Sounds yummy and looks fantastic!

gaga said...

Haha Mary, that IS a big piece of salmon. I cut it in half after I took the picture to share with the hubz :)

Joanne said...

Salmon is my favorite fish and miso is one of my favorite flavorers! I am overachiever as well...so I greatly fear what I'm going to look like when I'm pregnant!

Kathleen said...

I love salmon and this sounds like a delicious way to prepare it. YUM

Sook said...

What a great way to enjoy salmon! I love the flavor of miso. This looks so good!

Da Curious One said...

this looks great. i just so happen have some miso paste and all the other ingredients at home so maybe i will try it this weekend if i get the time!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

My family love miso especially miso soup, and you use miso to cook with salmon, sound interesting. must try out soon. Have a great weekend.

Sophie said...

I so love salmon as you know by now & this dish sings to me!! Yummmm,...

foodhoe said...

Sounds gorgeous and very good for you. I'm trying to eat more brown rice and cruciferous green things too... I love miso too, always have it in the fridge and have never tried making a miso glazed fish dish. Can this be done on the grill I wonder? I'll let you know...

gaga said...

Oh yes, I definitely think it can be done on a grill. In fact, it'd probably be better!

Ingrid said...

LOL, I need to pick up some miso anything I've seen glazed with it looks terrific.

Don't be overly concerned with your weight just don't get crazy with the cookies. :)
~ingrid

Debbie@smokersandbbqgrills.com said...

I tried grilling the salmon on my smoker. It added even more flavor. Thanks for the recipe!