I would love to share my favourite delicious weekday dinner, miso glazed salmon with soba noodles. It is super easy and quick to cook. Miso glazed salmon is good with both rice and noodles.
Miso paste is one of the primary Japanese cooking ingredients. Miso paste is not only used for making miso soup, but also used for marinating fish and meats, making sauce, and salad dressings and also as a condiment like “Kindanji miso”. Here in this recipe, I used miso paste for marinating and glazing the salmon.
There is a Kyoto speciality called”Sikyo Yaki”, which is marinated fish that is grilled or baked. The fish fillets are marinated in sweet miso, called Saikyo miso, which is made in the Kyoto area and then it is grilled. I wanted to make it, but of course I am now living in Australia and there is no Saikyo miso available, so I thought I would make something similar with available ingredients and that can be made easily. I add sugar to the white miso to recreate the sweet miso. I also add mirin and sake to marinate the salmon fillets.
Combine all the marinade ingredients in an airtight container or a ziplock bag, add the salmon and marinate, and leave it overnight. The next day, I put the salmon into the oven using the grill function on my oven at 170 degree celsius for about 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven). Because the marinade contains sugar, if the fish is too close to the grill and the temperature is high, the fish will be burnt. So you need to be careful not to burn. To make real Saikyo yaki, usually a gauze cloth is lined between the fish and marinade to cut out the need of scraping off the marinade before the fish is grilled. However, I actually like the marinade glazed on the salmon, it’s a bit like dengaku (miso eggplant). This dish goes so well with plain cooked rice too, but I served with soba noodle salad as it is still too hot in Brisbane.
- 2 Salmon fillets
- 3 tbsp miso white or awase
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbsp sake
- * 90 g dry soba noodle
- * a bunch of asparagus
- * 1/4 cup of cooked edamame beans I used frozen packet of edamame
- * sesame seeds and chopped green shallots to garnish
- Mix the miso, sugar, mirin, and sake all together and marinate the salmon overnight in the refrigerator.
- Remove the excess miso marinade and place on a baking sheet lined oven tray.
- Grill the salmon for 10-15 minutes under 170 degree celsius grill function in the oven.
- While the salmon is being cooked, cook the soba noodle and set aside.
- Bring a pot of water to boil and parboil the asparagus.
- Defrost and cook the edamame for a couple of minutes in a microwave.
- Toss the asparagus, edamame, and soba noodles together.
- Serve the glazed salmon on top of the soba noodles, asparagus, and edamame.
- Garnish with roasted sesame seeds and finely chopped green shallots.