Quick and Easy: Miso Ginger Salmon

Happy Monday! I thought I would start a new series on here - a quick and easy recipe series. Recipes that are 30 minutes or less with as few ingredients as possible. So lets kick this off with a miso ginger salmon. It is the perfect weeknight meal. 


So here is what is involved: 

Salmon is marinaded in a ginger miso mixture that adds a ton of flavor, then broiled - and within 30 minutes you have a delicious meal. Serve alongside veggies and rice of your choice 

Why this recipe works: 

Miso, miso, miso is the answer. Miso if you don't know is fermented soybeans that comes in a paste form and adds the all important umami flavor to whatever you use it in. It is a relatively inexpensive ingredient that is available at most grocery stores. There are two common types of miso, red and white miso. White miso, that I used here in this recipe is light and sweet and not too overpowering. Red miso on the other hand is pretty intense so I always stick to white miso.  Miso combined with mirin, brown sugar, soy sauce and ginger creates the most delicious marinade for salmon. 

The other fantastic part of this recipe is the technique of broiling salmon. I always cook my salmon this way and it is the quickest and easiest. Just make sure you move an oven rack to the top of the oven so the broiler can do its magic. 


You can definitely make the miso ginger marinade ahead of time. At least a day or two a head of time. That way all you have to do is place the marinade over the fish and broil. Also the pictures show me creating salmon skewers but you could also use salmon filets, just make sure you cook them skin side down. 

A really easy way to tell that fish is done is by gently inserting the tip of a pairing knife into your fish - if it gives any resistance, keep on cooking your fish. If it goes into the fish easily your fish is done. 

If you don't like salmon or don't have it available, this marinade works on other types of fish, such as halibut and would be great on shrimp or even chicken. (Just adjust cooking times depending on what you use.)




Miso Ginger Salmon


  • 1 lb salmon (either in filet form or 2" cubes with the skin removed )

  • 2 Tbs. mirin

  • 2 Tbs. white miso

  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar

  • 1 Tbs. soy sauce

  • 1 Tbs. fresh ginger, grated

Garnish with green onions, cilantro and black sesame seeds. Serve with rice and vegetables 


Pre-heat oven to broil and place top oven rack close the top of the oven. Line a baking sheet with tin foil then top with parchment paper 

In a small bowl combine the mirin, miso, brown sugar, soy sauce and ginger. 

If using filets, place filets skin side down on the baking sheet. Spoon miso ginger mixture over filets 

If making salmon skewers, spoon mixture over salmon in a medium sized bowl and gently toss to coat. Thread salmon cubes equally on 4 long metal or wood skewers. 

Broil salmon for 8 to 10 minutes or until the fish is firm and there is no resistance when the tip of a pairing knife is gently inserted. 

Serves 2 to 4