Miso Grilled Salmon 6.000
I Spice Feb 26, 2010

Make Ahead: The remaining marinade can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week. It can be used in salad dressing and on grilled eggplant. The fish needs to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Servings: 6
  • 1/4 cup white (shiro) miso
  • 1/4 cup mirin (rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 scallions, white and light-green parts, minced (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2-to-2-inch piece peeled ginger root, minced (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • Up to 1/4 cup water, in tablespoon increments as needed
  • 1 1/2-pound piece skin-on salmon fillet, preferably center-cut, pin bones removed


Whisk together the miso, mirin, vinegar, oil, scallions and ginger in a medium bowl. Add water as needed to form a marinade with the consistency of heavy cream.

Place the salmon in a resealable plastic food storage bag, then pour about 1/4 cup of the marinade over it and seal. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Refrigerate the remaining marinade for another use (see headnote).

Position the top oven rack 4 to 6 inches from the broiler element; preheat the broiler. Have a broiler pan at hand or line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Wipe any excess marinade off the salmon fillet. Place the fish skin side down on the pan or baking sheet. Broil for 6 minutes on the first side. When the fish begins to brown, turn it over and broil for 4 to 6 minutes, watching closely as the skin will begin to brown and blister. The fish should be opaque throughout.

Transfer to a platter, turning the fish skin side down. Divide into portions at the table. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Source

The miso marinade recipe is adapted from "Cooking One on One," by John Ash (Clarkson Potter, 2004).

Tested by Monica Bhide.

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