Summertime is synonymous with beaches, holidays and backyard barbecues. While steaks and sausages are old standbys, health-conscious grilling enthusiasts are looking to seafood as a delicious and healthy alternative. Salmon, rich with Omega-3 and protein, is a fantastic choice for any occasion. Its rich, buttery natural flavour is highly versatile, and makes a perfect complement for a wide variety of cuisines. For today’s recipe, we’re going to be looking at a healthy Japanese-inspired miso-glazed marinade. While teriyaki is a popular go-to for salmon, the flavour is so strong that it’s often difficult to taste the natural flavour of the fish. By choosing a white miso, the lighter, somewhat sweet and nutty flavour complements the salmon without overpowering it.
It’s important to remember to remove the marinade from the top of the salmon before grilling, as miso burns very easily! If you want a stronger miso flavour, keep some of the marinade mixture to the side to re-apply immediately after grilling.
Serves 2 (to increase for parties, just double the ingredients!)
400 g salmon
Mirin (sweet rice wine)
Black and white sesame seeds.
To make the marinade, mix all of the ingredients together in a flat bottomed dish large enough to accommodate both salmon slices. Place them in the marinade, skin side up, for 30 minutes to 1 hour, in the refrigerator. Even if you don’t like the skin, (and you should!) make sure not to remove it until after the fish is cooked. Leaving the skin on will keep it from flaking and falling apart while cooking.
Heat the grill on medium low.
Place the salmon, skin side down, on aluminium foil, lightly coated with sesame oil to prevent sticking. Wrap the salmon up in the foil, making sure to firmly seal the edges to prevent the moisture from escaping. Cook for about 12-15 minutes. Remove the salmon from heat: it should be a pale pink the whole way through, and slightly flaky, with golden edges.
Add another layer of the miso glaze, and crust with black and white sesame seeds.
Complementary Side Dish Ideas:
Whether this salmon dish is just one of a host of other grill items, or the star of the show, here’s a few pairing ideas that make this dish extra delicious!
Grilled, soy-sauce marinated Asparagus, coated with garlic butter
Sake-soaked Shiitake mushrooms
For dessert, why not check out some recipes for grilled mango? Believe it or not, heating a mango really adds depth to the flavour, and makes it a really special summertime treat!
I hope you like this recipe, and share it with your friends and family!
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