Simple, delicious, and can be made in less than 20 minutes- my Miso Maple Glazed Salmon is the perfect fall meal!
Once fall rolls around and my daughter is back in school, our evening routine changes quite a bit. The few hours we have after school usually fly by between extracurricular activities, homework, dinner, etc. Because time is so precious during the week, I usually want to keep things quick in the kitchen. That’s why I like to keep an arsenal of quick and easy recipes that I can turn to on busy weeknights.
When people ask me how it’s possible to cook healthy meals when you’re pressed for time, I point to recipes like my Miso Maple Glazed Salmon. It’s a restaurant-quality dish that is not only healthy and delicious, it can be prepared in in a snap!
My dish is a simplified version of the classic miso glazed black cod made famous by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa at his NY restaurant Nobu many years ago. While the original dish requires three days of marinating, my version takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish!
I like to use salmon as it’s readily available at the market and it’s also one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have many health benefits. To make the glaze for the salmon, I use miso paste, which is a Japanese fermented soybean paste. It forms a deliciously sticky-sweet glaze that coats the fish as it cooks. There are many different types of miso paste available (including white, yellow, and red) and you can really use any of them in this recipe. The darker varieties will give the dish a richer color and flavor.
To sweeten the glaze, I like to use pure maple syrup from Canada. It has a unique flavor that makes it suitable for use in both savory and sweet culinary applications. It contains several vitamins and minerals including riboflavin and manganese as well as several beneficial plant compounds, or polyphenols. I often use maple syrup as a replacement for other sweeteners in desserts like pies and cakes. But I also love to use it in savory dishes like this. The rich maple flavor is the perfect complement to the salty miso paste- it’s a flavor explosion!
Miso Maple Glazed Salmon
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Mix the miso paste, maple syrup, vinegar, soy sauce and sesame oil together in a bowl until smooth. If needed, add a small amount of water.
- Place the salmon fillets on a lined baking sheet and brush the glaze on top. Place on the top rack in the oven and cook 8-10 minutes until salmon is just cooked through. Turn the broiler on high and broil the salmon for another 2 minutes until it is browned in spots. Garnish salmon with sesame seeds and scallions, if desired.
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