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Super Easy Grilled Miso Salmon

It’s still Japanese week at my home – we’ve been having fun exploring the region and finding cool, interesting recipes. I googled “How do you say tonight’s dinner in Japanese” and this came up: “tonight’s dinner” – 今夜のディナー (Kon’ya no dinā). Amazing. I didn’t even know that google does translations like that. It even will say it out loud for you.

Salmon was on today’s grocery list and ginger is one of our favorite ingredients to use with it. I found a recipe that required ingredients we already had at home – so much easier and nicer to use things that are already in your cabinet.

Tonight’s meal was Grilled Miso Salmon. Our grill has been commandeered as a pizza oven, so we ended up cooking the fish in the broiler, a great and quick way to cook it. The recipe asked for red miso but we used white because that is what we had in our fridge. Also, finely chopped white onion replaced the green onion specified in the recipe.

Here’s what we used in ours:

-2 pieces of salmon fillet
-2 tablespoons white miso
-1/4 cup of white onion, chopped
-1 teaspoon brown sugar
-1 clove garlic, minced
-1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
– 1 tablespoon ginger, grated

The original write-up says it’s take 21 minutes total, eight minutes of which is prep time. We found this to be pretty accurate. The only preparation  involved is grating, chopping, and mixing the ingredients.

The broiler technique is to cook the plain fish on top a piece of olive oil coated foil for two minutes, then cover with the dressing for another five minutes or until appropriately cooked inside. It does get hot fast and can burn the top a little so it’s a good idea to watch it carefully.

Mike thought the dish turned out great. I thought the flavor of the white miso was too strong, so I am not sure if the red miso would of been more mild. I’ll need to try red miso next time.

Alongside the salmon, we made a quick Japanese mixed green salad (with garbanzos instead of edamame) and steamed white rice (Jasmine) sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. The rice cooker that Mike bought for $2 at that garage sale a few months ago has worked out nicely. Don’t worry, it was brand new. I think. Either way, I strongly recommend you get one of these for your kitchen too.

Dessert was homemade vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups–I’ll write that up in my next post.

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