{Miso Salmon}

My pal Rach made this and told me it rocked, I'd also heard Gwyenth rave about it, you know the one,  shes got a daughter called Apple so I gave it a crack and its good.  Its really good.  This particular version served with rice and the little cucumber salad tastes like a big plate of sushi, so if sushi is your thing then you'll love this.

I wish I'd known about it when I was preggers because sushi is a no no then and for the whole nine months I craved it, both times!  The first meal I had after squeezing out each of my little munchkins was sushi, anyway I'm kind of rambling now which happens if I sit here without any idea of the direction I'm going to take and I'm hungry, my mind wanders when I'm hungry.  Ok going now.  Oh I just wanted to also mention its healthy, like super healthy.

...the salmon
3 tbsp pale (shiro) miso paste
2 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp rice wine (optional)
2 x salmon fillets

...cucumber salad

a lebanese cucumber
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp caster sugar

Stir together the miso, mirin, sugar and rice wine, drop in the salmon fillets and toss with the miso marinade then cover and leave in the fridge overnight.

Heat your oven to 200, lightly oil a baking tray and use kitchen paper to wipe off most of the marinade.  Place the fillets on the baking tray, skin side down. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes until starting to colour.

Meanwhile, make the cucumber salad, using a vegetable peeler, shave the cucumber into long, thin ribbons, whisk together the rice wine vinegar, oil and sugar and add the cucumber ribbons, let them hang out til you're ready to dish up. 

Serve with the salmon and some rice sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds.


  1. Oh my! tastes like sushi hey??? well, you have pique'd my interest....Now where does one find Miso Paste?? xx

  2. at our woolys in the asian aisle, next to the mexican stuff .... xxx

  3. This recipe looks right up my alley. I adore sushi and have yet to try making it. This version looks like the right amount of work for an afterwork dinner. I always keep miso paste in hand for cooking…and for a quick easy soup for snacks. I do a similar dinner using unagi (eel).

  4. ...ps. Is that a tiny Parasaurus?

  5. I love salmon with miso! When I was in Japan as a teenager (really picky/didn't like fish) I'd pretty much only eat fish if it was marinated with plenty of miso. I eat fish all kinds of ways now, but it's still one of my favourites. The cucumber salad sounds like the perfect accompaniment!

  6. We had this for dinner tonight - yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I only needed half the marinade but twice the dressing. Also boiled the leftover marinade up with some water and used it for extra sauce on the rice.

  7. Paula, I LOVE your new look, but it has taken me ages to figure out how to leave a comment (obv my dimness, not yours). We used to live in the same 'hood as Gwynnie AND nearly moved into a flat on her street at one point... but then the coolness police came and told us we weren't rich or thin enough (I mean, durr, I could have told them that!) Anyway, love the look of this, I do something similar but throw in soba noodles coz a meal without carbs in our house just don't count! x

  8. Nnooooooo you can't have sush when you're pregnant???? Not that I'm preggo but what a terrifying thought - no sushi for 9 months!! Say it ain't so! I don't know how you survived. PS: This has gone straight to my recipe pool room. The cucumber salad sounds awesome...perhaps with some pickled ginger mixed through too? *Drools.


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