How to Make Miso Salmon Using 2 Methods

The rhythmic splash of waves, a soft breeze, and the savory aroma of miso salmon cooking to perfection; there’s no dish that resonates with my culinary soul quite like this one. Journey with me as I unveil the layers of flavors and technique behind this beloved recipe.

Craving for a flavorful twist for your salmon? Miso is one condiment that can complement this one main ingredient.  Either you want a salty taste or a sweet twist for the fish, miso can provide the flavour with your want.  With miso salmon recipe, all you have to do is a quick and easy marinade and grilling or broiling method.  Simple and easy dish, isn’t it?

Miso Salmon recipes

Miso Salmon Recipes

How To Make Miso Salmon

Miso Salmo

If you're looking for a unique main course, try Miso salmon. This delicious fish is an excellent option for dinner parties or a weeknight meal. The fish marinates for a couple minutes and is a delicious treat. You can serve it to your friends or family in minutes, or serve it as an elegant main course for dinner with your family. If you're serving it to company, it will definitely impress them and your guests!
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Course: Main dishes, Party
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: miso, miso salmon, salmon
CookingStyle: Stir-frying
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Food and Meal
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  • To create your marinade mixture, get a quarter of a cup of miso paste, a tablespoon of chopped ginger and a few tablespoons of mirin and rice vinegar. Also add a teaspoon full of sesame oil into the muddle.
  • Whisk the mixture using a fork, especially giving attention to the miso paste. Ensure to make a smooth and soft paste and not a lumpy one.
  • Get your salmon and spread the miso mix onto its flesh. Add a dash of salt and tightly wrap up the fish in a plastic wrap.
  • Put the marinated fish into the fridge for about 30 minutes or up to an hour.

First Method: Broiling

  • Two pieces of raw salmon fillet with fresh herb rosemary, spices and olive oil on black slate plate.
    Miso Salmon
  • Place your wire rack 6-8 inches away from your oven’s broiler. Preheat the broiler and line your baking sheet with aluminium foil.
  • Align your salmon on the baking sheet and broil it. Flip the fish every now and then to evenly cook it.
  • Using a kitchen thermometer, check the internal temperature of the fish. Make sure that it reaches at least 145°F before you get it off the oven.

Second Method: Grilling

  • Raw salmon steak on retro cutting board.Fish salmon steak on a fish shaped board
    Raw Salmon Steak
  • Preheat your grill in a medium flame and brush the grate with oil in order to avoid the fish getting caught onto it.
  • Put the salmon onto the grill, placing the skin side down. Grill each side for about 3 minutes, flipping it from time to time until it attains a light brown colouring.



Miso is a Japanese condiment that transforms everyday salmon into a gourmet dish. The Japanese use miso to cure foods, and Miso Salmon is no exception. It has been used in sushi for over 1000 years, and has been used in Japanese cooking for a long time. The term means "pickled in miso", which is why it is so popular in Japan. This dish is delicious and makes the ordinary salmon taste extraordinary.
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 679mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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Making Miso Salmon Using an Oven

Paired With Steamed Veggies: A Symphony Of Colors And Tastes.
Paired with steamed veggies: a symphony of colors and tastes.

Ah, the trusty oven – a chef’s dependable ally. While traditional methods of making Miso Salmon usually involve pan-searing or grilling, the oven offers an unparalleled depth of flavor by baking the salmon to perfection. Here’s how you can harness its power for our dish:


  • Same as your main Miso Salmon recipe.


  1. Marinate: Begin as usual by marinating your salmon with the miso glaze. If you can allow it to rest overnight, it’s like letting the fish have a flavor spa treatment.
  2. Preheat: Set your oven’s temperature to 400°F (around 205°C). While it’s getting all warmed up, line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easier cleanup.
  3. Positioning: Place your marinated salmon fillets skin-side down on the tray. If your glaze is thick, you might want to brush on an extra layer for that intensified miso goodness.
  4. Bake: Slide the tray into the preheated oven and let it bake for about 12-15 minutes. The exact time may vary based on the thickness of your salmon fillets. You’re looking for a beautifully caramelized top and a flaky interior.
  5. Broil (Optional): For an added touch of golden crispiness, switch your oven to broil in the last 2-3 minutes of cooking. Watch it closely! You want a crisped glaze, not charred memories.
  6. Serve: Once done, remove the salmon from the oven. Let it rest for a minute or two, allowing the flavors to settle.
  7. Garnish and Enjoy: A sprinkle of sesame seeds, a touch of chopped green onions, or even a side of pickled ginger can elevate your baked Miso Salmon to the next level. Dive in and enjoy the harmonious blend of flavors.
Golden-Glazed Perfection Straight Out Of The Oven.
Golden-glazed perfection straight out of the oven.

Using the oven infuses the Miso Salmon with a steady, encompassing heat, ensuring the glaze penetrates deep, while the fish remains juicy and tender. This method, my dear readers, is simplicity and sophistication on a plate.

After crafting this beautiful Miso Salmon in the oven, imagine the possibilities if you were to explore other Japanese culinary techniques. Speaking of Japanese authenticity, have you considered enhancing your kitchen with a Japanese rice cooker? Perfectly steamed rice is an ideal companion to the Miso Salmon. Click here to find some of the best rice cookers straight from Japan and elevate your cooking experience even further!

Tips for Making Miso Salmon

The Sizzle Of Salmon: Music To Every Chef's Ears.
The sizzle of salmon: music to every chef’s ears.

Serving Suggestions for Miso Salmon

Ah, the crowning moment when you present your masterpiece to eager diners! While the Miso Salmon itself is an indulgent treat, the right accompaniments can transform this dish into a full-fledged, memorable meal.

  • Sides: A fluffy bowl of jasmine or sushi rice captures the dripping miso glaze like little pearls, ensuring not a drop of that gold goes to waste. Alternatively, stir-fried or steamed vegetables like bok choy, asparagus, or green beans provide a contrasting texture and fresh taste.
  • Garnishes: Enhance visual appeal and taste by sprinkling toasted sesame seeds or finely sliced spring onions. Some julienne cuts of nori (seaweed) or fresh herbs can also be magic.
  • Beverages: A crisp white wine or a light Japanese beer complements the umami of miso beautifully. For non-alcoholic delights, green tea or a cucumber-infused cold water makes for a refreshing palate cleanser.

Cooking Tips

Expertly Marinating: Where Flavor Meets Passion.
Expertly marinating: where flavor meets passion.

Diving into the world of Miso Salmon can be a delightful journey, but a few pointers can make the ride even smoother:

  • Quality Matters: Always opt for fresh salmon. The color should be bright, and the flesh should bounce back when pressed. Remember, fresh fish doesn’t smell “fishy.”
  • Marinating Time: While a quick marinade imparts flavor, letting your salmon bask in the miso mix overnight deepens the taste profile.
  • Oven Vigilance: Especially if you decide to broil, keep an eye out! The difference between a crisp glaze and burnt topping can be mere seconds.
  • Skin On or Off: Keeping the skin can help retain moisture and offers a crispy element if you’re into that. But if you’re not a fan, feel free to remove it.
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FAQs on Miso Salmon

Creamy Miso Paste: The Heart And Soul Of This Dish.
Creamy miso paste: the heart and soul of this dish.

Cooking is as much about technique as it is about passion and creativity. Here are some common questions I’ve encountered about Miso Salmon:

1. Can I use other types of fish for this recipe?
Absolutely! While salmon is traditional, you can use the miso glaze on cod, sea bass, or even trout. Adjust cooking times based on thickness.

2. I can’t find miso paste. Is there a substitute?
While there’s no perfect replacement for miso’s unique flavor, in a pinch, you can use tahini mixed with a splash of soy sauce. It won’t be the same, but it’ll be delicious!

3. How long can I store marinated salmon in the fridge?
For best results, use the marinated salmon within two days. The longer it marinates, the stronger the miso flavor will be.

4. Is it okay if my miso glaze has lumps?
A smooth glaze is ideal, but tiny miso lumps won’t harm. They might even provide bursts of flavor! However, do ensure your sugar (if used) is well dissolved.

5. How should I store leftover cooked Miso Salmon?
Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Reheat gently in a microwave or oven to avoid overcooking the salmon.

Fresh Salmon: The Canvas For Our Miso Masterpiece.
Fresh salmon: the canvas for our miso masterpiece.

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