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Miso Ginger Salmon


A delicious way to do salmon using just a handful of sweet and savory ingredients. Serve with brown rice and plenty of vegetables on the side. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 281 kcal
Author katiemorford


  • 2 tablespoons miso paste
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (or gluten-free Tamari, if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
  • 4 salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed or canola oil


  1. In a baking dish large enough to fit the salmon in one layer, whisk together the miso, mirin, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey, and ginger.
  2. Put the salmon fillets in the dish and coat them in the marinade. Leave on the counter for 30 minutes, turning them a few times.
  3. When you are ready to cook, heat the grapeseed or canola oil in a large, heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat.

  4. Set the fillets skin-side down in the pan. Brush the salmon liberally with the marinade.

  5. Cook until the flesh of the fish turn opaque about 1/3 of the way up the side (3 to 4 minutes). Use a spatula to turn the fish. Cook on the second side for another 3 to 4 minutes until the salmon is just cooked through, keeping in mind it will continue to cook even after it’s off the heat.
  6. Transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

If you are going to buy frozen salmon, allow it to defrost in the refrigerator the day before and cut it into individual fillets. Salmon can be also be cooked under a broiler.