Juicy caramelized salmon packed with salty umami flavor. It’s absolutely delicious and oh so good for you too! If you’re unsure what to cook for dinner tonight and need something easy, this is right up your alley. Enjoy this quick and healthy miso ginger salmon in only a matter of minutes!
What is Miso Paste?
Miso paste is primarily made of fermented soybeans and typically also includes barley or rice. They’re steamed and mixed with koji, a fermentation starter, then fermented for 6 months to 5 years. The results produce various vitamins, nutrients, and are good for gut health.
If we want to keep enjoying delicious food, we have to take care of ourselves! And this savory paste does just that while helping with digestion too!
On top of its health benefits, it’s a delicious salty paste packed with umami flavor. A little goes a long way! Highly recommend using a low sodium version of white miso, that way you can control the salt.
Preparing for Miso Ginger Salmon
For this recipe, you can use fresh or frozen salmon. You just want to make sure it’s all the way defrosted first and pat dried well before cooking. This helps with making it cook evenly, plus we don’t want to water down the miso marinade!
Speaking of the marinade, it’s worth noting that miso and mirin burn easily. Once the fish is done marinating, it’s important to wipe the majority off before cooking. Otherwise, you’ll be left with a scorched piece of salmon… And no one wants that!
Don’t worry about losing flavor, that’s why we marinate the salmon! Miso absorbs quickly and releases tons of flavor. And even with a thin layer, it’ll beautifully caramelize while cooking.
Air Fryer vs Baking
This miso salmon can be easily cooked in the air fryer or oven. It just needs a few minutes longer in the oven at a higher temperature. No matter the cooking method, it’s important to let any protein rest after cooking. This is the secret to retaining the juices in the salmon, instead of it spilling all over your plate.
What to Serve with Miso Salmon
This dish is delicately flavored and is easy to pair with most sides! A few of my favorites are garlic noodles, eggplant tofu stir-fry, and Japchae.
Try out this easy miso ginger salmon recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below!
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Quick Marinated Salmon in White Miso and Soy
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium white miso
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon mirin
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves grated
- 1 teaspoon ginger grated
- 2 5-7oz salmon fillets pat dry
- In a mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for salmon.
- Slather the marinade onto the salmon fillets then marinate in the fridge for 15 - 20 minutes.
- Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. If you're cooking in an oven, see notes below.
- Wipe off excess marinade from the fish, leaving only a light layer to prevent burning.
- Lightly brush the air fryer rack with oil. Place fish in the air fryer skin side down and cook for 8 minutes, or until the salmon is golden.
- Remove salmon from the air fryer and let it rest for 5 minutes to keep it juicy before enjoying!
- Low-Sodium White Miso Paste: This adds a burst of salty umami flavor! You can easily find it at your local Asian market in the refrigerated section. I get mine from my local Ranch 99.
- Low-Sodium Soy Sauce: Light soy sauce is less salty compared to regular soy sauce. Since miso is already salty, light soy sauce is highly recommended to avoid making an overly salty marinade.
- Mirin: Mirin is a Japanese sweet cooking sake that can be easily found at Asian local markets or Amazon. Alternatively, you can use sake.
- Baking Method: If cooking in the oven, preheat to 425 degrees. Place salmon on a parchment-lined sheet and cook for about 10 - 12 minutes or until golden and caramelized. Remove salmon from oven, then let it rest for 5 minutes to keep juicy. Enjoy!
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