Salmon Misoyaki

"Miso yaki" translates to "miso grilled." It is the perfect application for salmon's rich texture and savory flavor. The miso adds a deep umami. Paired with sugar, mirin and sake, it creates the perfect glaze. You can apply this glaze to any rich, flaky fish like swordfish or cod.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Pat the salmon dry with paper towels, especially the skin side. To make attractive slices of salmon, tilt the knife to about a 45-degree angle to the cutting board while making the cut. This increases the surface area and makes prettier portions. Cut into 4 portions. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. To prepare the glaze, measure the sake and mirin into a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil the mixture to evaporate the alcohol and reduce the volume until about 1/4 cup remains, approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low and stir in the sugar and miso. Cook until it turns a pale caramel color, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the grated ginger and keep the glaze warm while the salmon is grilled.
  3. Preheat an indoor grill pan to medium high. (Alternatively, cook outdoors over a moderate charcoal fire.) Spray the salmon fillets on both sides with cooking spray. Grill for about 4 minutes on each side or until each piece has turned opaque with appetizing brown bits. (Or cook to your preferred doneness.)
  4. Remove the salmon from the grill to a platter and brush with the warm glaze. Garnish with sliced scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
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