Japanese Miso Salmon

Dive into the world of umami-rich flavors with my Japanese Miso Salmon recipe! This fail-proof dish features succulent salmon marinated in a traditional Japanese miso marinade, then baked to perfection in the oven. It’s easy to prepare, bursting with juicy goodness, and guarantees to satisfy everyone who takes a bite!

Japanese marinated miso salmon served over a bed of rice topped with chopped green onions being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Why I Love This Recipe

My Japanese Miso Salmon recipe is the best way to elevate salmon flavors to new heights! Marinating the salmon in miso for an extended period infuses it with rich, umami flavors, a method used in traditional Japanese cuisine found in dishes like in my Baked Teriyaki Yellowtail. And just like in my Miso Pork Belly and Garlic Miso Chicken Wings recipes, we use my proven miso marinade to marinate the salmon for over 24 hours until it is packed with umami-rich flavors, tender, and juicy!

This exact dish is served at many Japanese restaurants but I promise you can make it at home at a fraction of the cost, making it even more special! It’s a fail-proof way to prepare salmon, yielding tender, juicy fillets bursting with umami savory goodness. Perfect as a main dish alongside a Japanese-inspired spread, this recipe is a must-try for anyone seeking an easy yet incredibly delicious meal. Don’t wait any longer—experience the secrets of Japanese flavors in your own kitchen today!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Salmon – skinless and boneless salmon fillets.
  • Miso – awase brown Miso works best.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener. 
  • Soy Sauce – low-sodium Soy Sauce preferred. Can also use tamari for gluten-free.
  • Green Onion – fresh chopped green onion scallions.

🥢 Miso Note

You have three miso paste options: White Miso, which is mild and sweet; Red Miso, known for its robust and salty flavor; and Brown Miso, or Awase Miso, offering a balanced blend of salty, sweet, and umami. We recommend using Awase Miso for this marinade.

🍶 Mirin Note

While mirin is traditionally used to make miso marinade, we’ve considered that mirin might not be readily available in all areas. To accommodate this, the recipe modifies the ratio of Japanese sake and sweetener.

Japanese marinated miso salmon served over a bed of rice topped with chopped green onions.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Directions

Step 1 Begin by mixing miso paste, sweetener, and Japanese sake in a mixing bowl.

Miso marinade.

Step 2 Transfer this marinade into a ziplock bag, add the salmon fillet, and refrigerate for 24-96 hours.

Salmon fillets in miso marinade.

💡 Marinating Pro Tip

For the best flavor and a distinctive brown tint, marinate your salmon for up to 96 Hours. This extended marination time allows the miso to fully penetrate the salmon, resulting in a rich umami flavor.

Step 3 When ready to cook, wash off the marinade, bake the salmon in the oven at 425°F for 8 minutes or until the meat easily flakes off with a fork.

Miso marinated salmon fillets on a silicon baking mat.

🌡 Internal Temperature Check

Bake the salmon until it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F for optimal doneness.

🍽️ Serving Pro Tip

For serving, pair this dish with a Bowl of Rice of your choice.

Recipe Variations

You can make a Miso Black Cod by replacing the salmon with black cod, also known as sablefish. Additionally, the marinade works well with Chilean Seabass too! You also can skip the miso marinade and instead dry brine with salt to make my Japanese Baked Salmon!

Pairing Recommendations

Serve this recipe alongside a bowl of rice to complete the meal. Enhance the Japanese meal experience with Tofu Miso Soup or Clam Miso Soup. For hearty a side dish, try Japanese Pork Belly Salad, while Japanese Spinach Salad offers a lighter alternative.

Japanese marinated miso salmon served over a bed of rice topped with chopped green onions being picked up with a pair of chopsticks, top down angle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I meal prep miso marinated salmon?

Yes, you can definitely meal prep miso-marinated salmon. After marinating the salmon, freeze it along with the marinade. When you're ready to enjoy it, simply defrost the salmon in water and follow the recipe as usual.

How do I properly defrost frozen miso-marinated salmon before cooking?

To properly defrost frozen miso-marinated salmon before cooking, simply place the salmon, without removing it from the bag, in a bowl of room temperature water. Allow it to thaw completely before cooking to ensure even cooking.

How long should I marinate the salmon in miso?

For the best flavors, we recommend marinating the salmon for a minimum of 24 hours. However, for optimal taste and depth of flavor, marinating it for up to 96 hours is recommended. This extended marination time allows the miso to fully penetrate the salmon.

Storage Tips

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge, where it will stay fresh for 3-5 days.

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Japanese marinated miso salmon served over a bed of rice topped with chopped green onions being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

Japanese Miso Salmon

This recipe for miso-marinated salmon offers a delicious twist on a classic dish. Elevate your salmon game with this flavorful and easy-to-make recipe.
4.67 from 21 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: miso marinated salmon, sake miso salmon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Marination Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 13 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 283kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lbs Salmon Fillet
  • 2 tbsp Miso
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake can substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • 2 tsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Japanese miso salmon.
  • Pat dry salmon with a paper towel. Cut salmon into 1 inch thick slices and place into a ziplock bag.
    Salmon fillets placed in a ziplock bag.
  • In a small bowl, combine miso, Japanese sake, soy sauce and sweetener. Mix well, pour marinade into ziplock bag and seal. You will need to marinate between 24 - 96 hours in a fridge.
    Miso marinade.
  • After marination, wash off excess marinade and pat salmon dry with paper towel.
    Miso marinated salmon fillets.
  • Place salmon on a silicone baking mat or baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Transfer salmon into the oven and cook at 425F for 8 minutes.
    Miso marinated salmon fillets on a silicon baking mat.
  • Finely chop green onions and set aside.
    Chopped green onions.
  • Once salmon is done, top with green onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 588mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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