Miso Salmon

Try this miso salmon that’s so flaky and flavorful, it’ll redefine your easy dinners! The miso glaze is the secret…

Try this miso salmon that’s so flaky and flavorful, it’ll redefine your easy dinners! The miso glaze is the secret weapon you never knew you needed, and it’s ready in 5 minutes.

Miso salmon recipe with green onion garnish.

Here’s a fun dinner idea that’s simple and flavor-packed: miso salmon! We love using miso to make kitchen magic, since it adds a salty, savory flavor to everything it touches. Here it stars in our miso glaze that’s so punchy, you’ll want to brush a glossy swipe onto just about everything!

What we love about this recipe: We love eating salmon as part of the Mediterranean diet, and this one is one of our favorite ways to eat it. Brush the glaze on a tender fillet of salmon before and after broiling, and it comes out irresistible salty, savory, and tangy. Every time we make it, we can’t resist taking more bites!

“Loved this easy recipe! My family tends not to be big fans of miso, but everyone here enjoyed this salmon. It’s great over rice with some broccoli on the side. Definitely 5 stars!” -Summer

Ingredients in this miso salmon recipe

The secret to miso salmon is this tasty miso glaze. It works on about anything, like any type of fish (like tuna or cod) or sauteed vegetables. The star is miso, a Japanese fermented soybean paste that’s full of nutrients and salty flavor. The other part that’s important: finding a great piece of salmon! Here’s what you need for miso salmon:

  • High quality salmon: This recipe tastes best with a high quality of fish. We splurged and used King salmon for this one, and it came out beautifully tender and juicy. It also tastes great with a nice piece of Coho or Atlantic salmon too.
  • Miso: Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste that’s full of nutrients and its intense savory notes known as umami: the fifth flavor. You can find miso near the Japanese ingredients at your local grocery. There are many different types of miso, and they all taste different. We recommend using white or yellow miso for this miso salmon recipe, which might be labeled as “light miso” at the store.
  • Soy sauce: Substitute tamari or coconut aminos as necessary.
  • Rice vinegar: Rice vinegar adds that signature tangy flair.
  • Sugar: A good sauce is balanced with salty, tangy and sweet. If you prefer, substitute maple syrup or honey if you like.
  • Sriracha hot sauce: Hot sauce adds even more tangy flavor, and a hint of heat.
Fresh uncooked salmon on plate.

Tips for buying salmon

Here are some pointers on how to buy the best salmon for this miso salmon recipe:

  • 1 to 1 1/2-inch thick fillets are good for this recipe, which might be labeled “center cut” at the store.
  • Fresh salmon is best. For the very best quality free of fishy flavor, we find it’s best to buy fresh fish from your local seafood counter.
  • Buy wild caught salmon. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.

How to make miso salmon: step by step

There are lots of ways to cook salmon. For this miso salmon recipe, we chose broiled salmon because it is quick and easy! It also results in a crispy top, which is our favorite texture for this fish. Here’s an outline of how to make miso salmon:

Step 1: Whisk the miso, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, Sriracha and kosher salt together in a small bowl until smooth (the miso may have a few lumps depending on its texture, which is okay). 

Step 2: Preheat the broiler to high. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the foil skin side down. Brush salmon liberally with the glaze.

Step 3: Broil 7 to 10 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130°F in the center). Brush with more of the glaze and serve.

For the exact quantities and ingredients, jump to the full recipe below.

Broiling tip

Broilers vary, so watch the cook time carefully! The exact timing for this broiled salmon depends on your specific broiler and the thickness of the fish. Estimate 4 to 5 minutes for very thin salmon or 7 to 10 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon. A food thermometer is nice for judging when the salmon is done.

Miso Salmon with glaze in background.

Other ways to cook the salmon

You can choose any salmon cooking method you like for this miso salmon recipe; the only caveat is when to add the glaze. Here are a few other methods for cooking salmon with notes on how to adapt them:

  1. Pan Seared Salmon: Paint on a bit of the glaze when you flip the salmon to skin side down, then add a little more after it’s out of the pan.
  2. Oven Baked Salmon: Use the glaze in the same way as broiling!
  3. Grilled Salmon or Grilled Salmon in Foil: Paint the glaze on right before adding the fillets to the grill, then paint with more glaze after grilling.
Miso Salmon recipe with green onion garnish.

A few sides to serve with miso salmon

What to serve with miso salmon to make it into an easy dinner? There are so many options! Here are some of our favorite sides for salmon:

Dietary notes

This miso salmon recipe is pescatarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of miso paste should I use?

White miso is milder and slightly sweeter, making it ideal for marinades like this recipe. You can use any type of light or yellow miso in this recipe, or try red or brown miso for a slightly bolder flavor (it will be saltier).

Can I use a different type of fish?

Absolutely! Baked cod, grilled halibut, or Chilean sea bass would all work well with this miso marinade. Adjust the cooking time slightly depending on the thickness of the fish.

How can I tell if my miso salmon is cooked through?

The best way is to use a digital read thermometer. The internal temperature of the salmon should reach 130°F for safe consumption. Alternatively, you can gently flake the fish with a fork – if it flakes easily and appears opaque throughout, it’s cooked.

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Miso salmon

Easy Miso Salmon


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Try this miso salmon that’s so flaky and flavorful, it’ll redefine your easy dinners! The miso glaze is the secret weapon you never knew you needed, and it’s ready in 5 minutes.


Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds high quality skin-on salmon fillets, wild caught if possible
  • 2 tablespoons light or yellow miso
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or maple syrup)
  • ¼ teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional garnish: Sliced green onions, sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Let salmon rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the miso glaze: Whisk the miso, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, Sriracha and kosher salt together in a small bowl until smooth (the miso may have a few lumps depending on its texture, which is okay). 
  3. Preheat the broiler to high. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the foil skin side down. Brush salmon liberally with the glaze (1 to 2 tablespoons).
  4. Broil about 4 to 5 minutes for very thin salmon or 7 to 10 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130°F in the center). Brush with more of the glaze and serve.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: Asian inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Miso salmon

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And now…our top miso recipes to try!

Types of miso

Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste that’s full of nutrients and savory flavor. You can find miso in the international foods aisle near the Japanese ingredients. There are many different types of miso, and they all taste different. In most of our recipes, we specify to use white or yellow miso: sometimes they’re labeled as “light miso.” Here are the major types of miso:

  • White miso (Shiro miso): This variety has a mild, more delicate flavor and less salt than darker miso.
  • Yellow miso: This type is fermented a little longer than white miso and has a mild, lightly sweet flavor.
  • Red or dark miso: This variety is fermented longer than white or yellow miso. It has a very strong flavor and can overwhelm the flavors in a dish, so we don’t recommend using it here.

More ways to use miso

Didn’t find what you were looking for in these miso recipes? Here are a few more ways you can use miso paste in your cooking:

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Miso salmon

Miso Salmon (& More Miso Recipes!)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Prepare to be amazed by this miso salmon! The savory glaze is the perfect accent for this broiled fish and makes an easy dinner. 


Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds high quality skin-on salmon fillets, wild caught if possible
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons light or yellow miso
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari or coconut aminos)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or maple syrup)
  • ¼ teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional garnish: Sliced green onions, sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Let salmon rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the miso glaze: Whisk the miso, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, Sriracha and kosher salt together in a small bowl until smooth (the miso may have a few lumps depending on its texture, which is okay). 
  3. Preheat the broiler to high. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the foil skin side down. Brush salmon liberally with the glaze (1 to 2 tablespoons).
  4. Broil about 4 to 5 minutes for very thin salmon or 7 to 10 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon, until just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130F in the center). Brush with more of the glaze and serve.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: Asian inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Miso recipes

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Here’s a dinner idea that gives you maximum return on investment: this Honey Glazed Salmon recipe! In under 30 minutes, you’ve got tender, flaky salmon fillets that are bursting with flavor from a sticky glaze of honey, soy sauce, miso and garlic. That’s what we mean by return on investment: there’s little time needed to make this incredible dish that will have everyone licking their plates clean!

Ingredients in honey glazed salmon

This honey glaze for salmon can be made in just 5 minutes, making it the ideal quick sauce for weeknight meals. Mix up the 6-ingredient sauce in a bowl, then brush half of it onto the salmon. Broil it up, then pour the remaining glaze on before serving. It makes the best sticky sauce that coats everything in savory sweet flavor. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Salmon fillets, wild caught if possible
  • Olive oil
  • Yellow or white miso
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine
  • Garlic powder
  • Ground ginger
  • Olive oil, for brushing

Types of miso

Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste that’s full of nutrients and savory flavor. It’s known for its intense savory flavor, otherwise known as umami: the fifth flavor. You can find miso in the international foods aisle near the Japanese ingredients. There are many different types of miso, and they all taste different. We recommend using white or yellow miso for this miso butter recipe: sometimes they’re labeled as “light miso”.

  • White miso (Shiro miso): This variety has a mild, more delicate flavor and less salt than darker miso.
  • Yellow miso: This type is fermented a little longer than white miso and has a mild, lightly sweet flavor.
  • Red or dark miso: This variety is fermented longer than white or yellow miso. It has a very strong flavor and can overwhelm the flavors in a dish, so we don’t recommend using it here.
Honey Glazed Salmon

Tips for buying salmon

The most important thing when it comes to making this honey glaze salmon recipe is the quality of the fish. Lower quality salmon can taste very fishy and have a mushy texture. It can also have a lot of white stuff (called albumin) when it’s cooked: while it’s not harmful, it doesn’t look appetizing! Here’s what to know when shopping for salmon:

  • 1 to 1 1/2-inch thick fillets are good for this recipe and look impressive; you might find it labeled center cut at the store.
  • Look for wild caught salmon. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. (There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see Seafood Watch Consumer Guide.)
  • Buy fresh salmon. Salmon that’s fresh from the fish counter usually has the best flavor. Frozen can work too, but try to find highest-quality frozen salmon. Avoid those big economy-sized bags, which we’ve found it typically thinner and can taste fishy.

How to cook honey glazed salmon

This honey glazed salmon recipe is broiled salmon, an efficient method that skips the oven preheating time and cooks the fish in just 10 minutes! You can also make this recipe oven baked or grilled (see below), but our favorite way is broiled because it’s so quick and it gets nicely crisp and browned on top. Oven baking can work, but the salmon comes out more moist and soft. Here are a few tips for this recipe:

  • Allow the salmon to come to room temperature before cooking (brine it if possible!). This can take 15 to 20 minutes, but it’s important. If the salmon is too cold when heat is applied, the outside can cook much faster than the inside. We recommend brining the salmon, which is letting it sit in salt water while it comes to room temperature. This helps to season the fish and also avoids the white stuff (albumin) when the fish is cooked.
  • Remember the thickness determines the cook time. 1-inch salmon takes 8 to 11 minutes to broil. Very thin salmon can broil in just 5 minutes, so adjust the cook time accordingly.
  • Keep an eye on the broiler! Salmon can go from pink to brown very quickly in the broiler: so don’t stray too far away, especially at the end of the cook time.
  • The salmon is done with the internal temperature is 125 to 130°F when measured in the thickest part. The fish will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat. To ensure full safety, the FDA recommended temperature for seafood is 145°F, or well done.
Honey Glazed Salmon

Other methods: baked and grilled

This honey glazed salmon recipe also works baked or grilled! Here’s how to do it:

  • Baked: Follow the instructions in Easy Oven Baked Salmon, but follow the seasoning instructions in the recipe below. Brush on half the glaze before baking, then pour on the remaining half once it’s done.
  • Grilled: Follow the instructions in Grilled Salmon, but follow the seasoning instructions in the recipe below. Brush on half the glaze before grilling and brush on half afterwards.

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Honey glazed salmon

Honey Glazed Salmon


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

Impress everyone with this honey glazed salmon recipe! The easy flavorful sauce features honey, soy, miso and garlic.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets, room temperature
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for brining
  • 2 tablespoons yellow or white miso
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Brine the salmon* (optional): In a shallow dish whisk together 4 cups room temperature water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt until it dissolves. Place the salmon in the water and wait for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the broiler to high.
  3. Make the glaze: Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the miso, honey, soy sauce, rice wine, garlic powder, and ground ginger.
  4. Prepare the salmon: Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the foil skin side down. Brush the salmon with a bit of the olive oil and sprinkle with the ½ teaspoon kosher salt evenly divided among the fillets. Reserve about half of the glaze and brush the remainder on the salmon.
  5. Broil the salmon: Broil 7 to 10 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon (or less for thinner fish), until it’s just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130°F in the center). Pour the reserved glaze onto the salmon and garnish withe parsley, if using. Serve immediately. Leftovers last refrigerated for up to 3 days. 
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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