This ginger miso salmon is a delicious Japanese-inspired dish that blends the rich flavor of salmon with the bold taste of ginger and white miso paste in the marinade. The ginger adds zest, while the miso contributes a unique depth to the dish. Marinate the salmon overnight for maximum flavor or at least an hour before cooking. This easy-to-make salmon is packed with flavor and will surely become a favorite. Serve it over brown rice with a side of roasted vegetables.
Why You Will Love Miso Salmon
- The marinade adds so much flavor!
- This miso salmon is delicious and easy to make!
- The salmon is moist, juicy, and full of flavor.
- This miso salmon has a sweet and umami flavor.
What Is Miso Salmon?
This miso salmon is marinated before being cooked in the oven. The marinade consists of white miso paste, ginger, brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and mirin. The result is a sweet and savory flavor profile. The salmon is marinated to infuse the ginger miso flavor. Once cooked, the salmon remains juicy and is incredibly flavorful. This ginger miso salmon is easy to prepare and makes for the perfect lunch or dinner.
Ingredients Needed For Ginger Miso Salmon
- Salmon: Use fresh wild salmon fillets with the skin on (also called BBQ-cut). The skin helps keep the salmon juicy while it cooks and is removed once done.
- White Miso: White miso paste adds an incredible umami flavor. White miso is a fermented paste made from soybeans. It is also called Shiro miso.
- Ginger: Peel and grate fresh ginger or use frozen ginger.
- Brown Sugar: Sweeten the miso marinade with brown sugar or your sweetener of choice.
- Garlic: Crushed garlic cloves add flavor to the marinade.
- Soy Sauce: Use low-sodium soy sauce or tamari for a gluten-free option.
- Sesame Oil: Adds a nutty flavor to the marinade.
- Mirin: Mirin is a Japanese cooking rice wine. It adds an umami and sweet flavor to the marinade.
- Scallions: Top with sliced scallions once done.
- Sesame Seeds: Top with toasted sesame seeds when ready to serve.
The Best Salmon To Use
It is best to use fresh wild-caught salmon fillets with the skin on in this recipe. In a pinch, you can use frozen salmon with the skin on. It is important to use salmon with the skin on so it stays juicy while it cooks.
How To Grate Fresh Ginger
Ginger adds another dimension of flavor to this miso glazed salmon. To grate fresh ginger, first peel the part of the ginger you will be grating. Then, grate the ginger.
If you don’t have fresh ginger, use frozen crushed ginger cubes instead.
How To Make Ginger Miso Salmon
Step 1: Peel and grate the fresh ginger or use frozen crushed ginger.
Step 2: Make the marinade. Add the white miso paste, grated ginger, brown sugar, crushed garlic, low sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, and mirin to a large bowl.
Step 3: Thoroughly whisk the ingredients in the bowl.
Step 4: Place the salmon fillets in an airtight container. Place them with the skin side up.
Step 5: Pour the miso glaze over the salmon.
Step 6: Place the lid on the airtight container. Then, place it in the refrigerator. Let the salmon marinade in the refrigerator overnight or for 1-2 hours.
Step 7: Once marinated, disregard the extra marinade in the container. Then, place the salmon skin side down on a sheet pan with tinfoil.
Step 8: Cook the salmon in the oven at 375°F for 14-20 minutes or until done to your preference and fully cooked.
Step 9: Once done, remove the sheet pan from the oven. Then, carefully use a spatula to remove the skin from the bottom of the salmon fillets.
Step 10: Transfer the salmon to a plate, top with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds, and serve.
What To Serve With Miso Salmon
Serve this cooked ginger miso salmon over a bed of cooked brown rice or cauliflower rice. We used our honey soy ginger sauce to roast vegetables to serve with the salmon. It is delicious with a side of roasted carrots and broccoli. It would also be delicious with roasted bok choy. Or, serve it with a side of roasted brussels sprouts or crispy green beans.
How Long To Cook Salmon In The Oven
Cook this miso-glazed salmon with the skin side down in the oven at 375°F for 14-20 minutes or until done to your preference and fully cooked. It depends on the size and thickness of the salmon fillets.
- Freeze Grated Ginger: Since you only need two teaspoons of grated ginger for this recipe, you can freeze the remaining grated ginger in Ziploc bags to have on hand for later use.
- Skin-On Salmon: Make sure to use salmon fillets with the skin on. It helps the salmon maintain its flavor and helps keep it juicy when it cooks. Once cooked and you are ready to serve the salmon, remove the skin with a spatula.
- Low-Sodium Soy Sauce: Use low-sodium soy sauce to ensure your marinade isn’t too salty.
- Broil The Top: We wanted to simplify this recipe. To keep it simple, cook the salmon in the oven. If you prefer, you can broil the top of the salmon for 1-2 minutes before cooking it. Then, reduce the remaining cooking time by 1-2 minutes.
Ginger Miso Salmon Variations
- Use Tamari: For a gluten-free option, use tamari instead of low-sodium soy sauce. Tamari is gluten-free since the base of it is soy, while soy sauce is not since it contains wheat.
- Top With Sesame Seeds: As an option, top the finished dish with toasted sesame seeds.
- Mirin Substitution: If you don’t have mirin, you can omit it and add an additional one teaspoon of brown sugar, honey, or sweetener of choice to the marinade. Also, add one tablespoon of rice vinegar.
- Marinate In A Container Or Bag: Marinate the salmon in a large airtight container with a lid or a large sealed Ziploc bag. Keep the salmon in the refrigerator at all times before you make this recipe and while it marinates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Better To Cook Salmon With The Skin On Or Off?
It is best to cook salmon with the skin on. The skin helps the salmon cook evenly, keeps it juicy and flavorful, and helps prevent it from drying out. Once the salmon is cooked, you can remove the skin.
Do You Cook Salmon Skin Side Up Or Down?
Cook salmon with the skin side down. For this recipe, cook the salmon fillets skin side down in the oven on a sheet pan lined with tinfoil.
How Long To Marinate Salmon For?
The salmon gets its flavor from the ginger miso marinade. We recommend marinating the salmon for at least 1-2 hours or overnight.
Is Miso Salmon Gluten-Free?
This ginger miso salmon recipe is gluten-free if you use tamari instead of soy sauce. Tamari is gluten-free, while soy sauce is not.
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2 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories278
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 0.3g 0%
- Cholesterol 110mg 37%
- Sodium 879mg 37%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 2.5g 8%
- Sugars 6.8g
- Protein 46.8g 92%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.