Miso glazed salmon is a delicious Japanese style fish dish. This salmon fillet is marinated in a miso sauce and then fried in a pan. My favourite thing about this dish is you can prepare it the night before and then cook it in less than 10 minutes for dinner!
Ways to Eat Salmon in Japan
In Japanese cuisine, we have lots of different fish that can be almost impossible to find in other countries. But one fish that most countries have in common is salmon.
Salmon is so versatile and can be enjoyed in so many different ways!
Salmon is one of the most consumed types of fish in Japan. Here are a few ways we use it.
- Raw salmon (for sashimi and sushi)
- Smoked salmon
- Grilled salmon
- Fried salmon
- Deep fried salmon
We regularly eat salmon in any of these forms for breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Today's recipe, miso-glazed Salmon, is kinda similar to teriyaki salmon, but it's marinated for a long period and the flavour runs deep. The marinade's main ingredient is Japanese miso paste.
Miso is a Japanese paste made of fermented soy beans, its rich and full of umami flavour. It's used in many Japanese dishes!
There are 3 main types of miso paste:
- Shiro miso (White miso - softer taste)
- Aka Miso (Red miso - rich taste)
- Awase Miso (Mix - best of both)
Awase miso is the most versatile and is the one I use for this recipe, but you can always experiment with the flavour of different miso pastes.
In my opinion, this dish tastes so Japanese that it makes me feel a homely, comforting, happy feeling, like something I'd eat at my grandparents house.
Do you know about teishoku (定食)? It's the Japanese word for "set meal" and usually consists of the following elements:
- Main dish (Usually grilled or deep fried fish or meat)
- Side (Vegetables or salad)
- Rice (White rice is more common but brown rice or rice with whole grains are becoming more popular)
- Miso Soup (White, yellow or red miso soup, usually depending on region.)
- Tsukemono (Japanese pickles, for this dish I used "takuan" a yellow pickled radish)
Miso salmon is a perfect dish for teishoku style meals and can be served for lunch, dinner or even breakfast! Each element comes together to make a very satisfying meal!
Teishoku is usually arranged in a specific order, I've made a guide for you below!
If you're interested in making teishoku dishes, check out some of these recipes!
- Tonkatsu (breaded deep fried pork cutlet)
- Simmered Miso Mackerel
- Tonteki (Japanese style pork steak with tasty sauce and garlic chips)
- Ebi Fry (breaded deep fried king prawns)
Why not impress your friends and family with an authentic Japanese style meal?