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Cured in a sweet and savory miso marinade with just 3 basic ingredients, this easy Miso Salmon recipe is ludicrously good.

Miso Salmon

Cured in a simple three-ingredient marinade, Miso salmon is an easy, flavorful entre that strikes a sublime balance between savory and sweet. Because you can prepare it up to a few days in advance, it's perfect for a quick weeknight meal.
Course Entree
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword asian, easy, miso, salmon, seafood, weeknight
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Fish
Diet Dairy-Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
cure time 2 days
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 259kcal


  • ¼ cup miso
  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 450 grams salmon (4 thin fillets)
  • vegetable oil (for cooking)


  • In a bowl, mash together the miso, brown rice syrup and sake until it forms a smooth sauce.
    Miso Salmon Marinade with miso, brown rice syrup and sake.
  • Lay a large sheet of plastic wrap on your work surface and spread a quarter of the sauce on the wrap about the size of 2 salmon fillets.
    Miso Marinade spread on a sheet of plastic wrap for curing miso salmon.
  • Place the salmon on the sauce and then drizzle another quarter of the sauce on top of the salmon. Repeat with the rest of the salmon.
    Salmon fillets covered in miso marinade for making the best miso salmon.
  • Wrap the salmon tightly with the plastic wrap, pressing out any excess air.
    Miso salmon wrapped in plastic wrap for curing.
  • Place the salmon on a tray and cure in the refrigerator for at least 2 days, or up to 7.

Pan-fry directions

  • Heat a frying pan over medium heat and drizzle a little oil in the pan.
  • Add the salmon skin-side up and use a spatula to ensure the salmon is making good contact with the pan. The sugar in the marinade will burn easily so adjust the heat down if you notice the salmon is browning faster than it's cooking.
    Miso Salmon being pan fried. Pressing on the salmon with a spatula ensures even browning.
  • When the salmon has browned on one side, flip it over and continue pan-frying it until the salmon is cooked through.
    Pan-fried miso salmon.

Broiling directions

  • Move your oven rack to the top position and preheat your broiler.
  • Set a cooling rack over a sheet pan and use an oil-soaked paper towel to grease the rack. Place the salmon skin-side down on the rack.
    Japanese Miso Salmon on a broiler rack ready to cook.
  • Broil the salmon until it is cooked through and the glaze has caramelized around the edges.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 705mg | Potassium: 587mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.3mg