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Pan-fried Salmon in Miso and Ginger Recipe

Thursday, October 09, 2008 | Labels: , , , , |

I absolutely adore Japanese food from sashimi to doriyaki and today I decided to feature a very simply pan-fried salmon fillet in miso and ginger. As you know, salmon has a distinct and pungent flavour that I incidentally love - but if you're not a fan of salmon, you may substitute with cod, halibut or any other white fish. This is rather light and the list of ingredients is delightfully short. I used liberal amounts of sake (in marinade and as I was pan-frying) as I absolutely love the fragrance of sake but adjust according to your preferences.


This dish will be perfect on lazy days, I timed myself and I only spent 15 minutes from taking the salmon fillets out of the fridge to plating. I love to eat crispy fish skin as well, and these did not turn out very 'fishy', if you like, you can simply bake or grill the fillets. On another note if you're planning to make sushi, I recommend for you to try my very cute salmon sashimi brocade balls posted under Assorted Sushi and my colourful rainbow roll (tazuna maki).

Itadakimasu! いただきます (similar to Bon Appetit!)

For more Japanese recipes on Tastes of Home, please click below:
Chicken Escabeche Nanban (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Seared Hamachi

Tatsuta Fried Chicken


2 salmon fillets
White sesame seeds (for garnish - optional)

1 tbsp white miso paste
2 tbsps mirin
2 tbsps sake
2 tbsps grated fresh ginger
1 tbsp sugar

Firstly, mix the ingredients for the sauce together in a separate bowl. Now is the tim for a taste test, adjust the quantities of the ingredients above according to your preference. Simply spoon the sauce onto the salmon fillets and spread on the fillets as evenly as you can. As you can see, no soy was needed as the white miso paste is already salty.

Now, heat about 2 tbsps cooking oil in a non-stick pan. Once hot, pan-fry the salmon fillets, about 3-4 minutes on each side. My salmon fillets were not very thick and hence they were cooked through pretty quick. I then sprinkled some toasted sesame seeds on my fillets as a garnish and also because I love the crunchiness they add to the fillets.


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noobcook said...

I absolutely adore Japanese food too. Marinating the salmon in miso and other Japanese condiments is one of my fave ways to eat salmon (especially since I don't eat them raw). Yum!

Tastes of Home said...

thanks noobcook! i actually love them both raw or cooked hehe

tigerfish said...

Yep, salmon is quite an easy fish to cook. Love it too!

Ning said...

Oohh! I love fishes cooked in miso and sake! This is a family favorite! I better cook this sometime soon! :)

VG said...

Looks delicious and not to mention healthy....pls come over and collect your award from my blog, ya.

cva productions said...

Dear Jen, I noticed you mentioned 2 fillets of salmon and I was wondering how many grams that was so I can get the right amount of seasoning. Thank you =)

cva productions said...

Dear Jen, I noticed you said 2 salmon fillets and I was wondering how many grams that was so I can get the ratio of seasonings to protein right. thank you =)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Hi there! The 2 fillets I used came up to be about 180-200g so they were pretty thin...hope that helps! You're welcome :)

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