Baked miso salmon is the perfect meal to make when you’re short on time or energy but still want a delicious and healthy dinner. This Japanese-inspired dish with miso, honey, and soy sauce pack a sweet and savoury punch in a tasty marinade that you can prepare last-minute. Marinate it for at least 30 minutes to absorb as much flavour as possible or simply let it sit while the oven preheats if you are short on time. It's the easiest weeknight dinner ever.
Why You'll Love This Miso Salmon
- It’s simple but delicious. Made with only five key ingredients—salmon, miso, honey, soy sauce, and olive oil—this baked miso salmon is easy to make and quick to prepare. But that doesn’t mean it lacks any flavour!
- Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is one of the best fish you can eat. Packed full of vitamins and minerals, salmon contains the essential healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids) your body needs to process and absorb nutrients. Not only does baked miso salmon taste great—you can feel good about eating it!
- Miso contains healthy probiotics. As a fermented, cultured product, miso contains natural probiotics that assist with digestion and overall health. It can even relieve digestive pain from issues like IBS. Ditch the yogurt and have some miso!
What is Miso?
Miso is a traditional Japanese paste with a peanut butter-like consistency which consists of a fermented blend of soybeans, grains (usually rice or barley), salt, and cultures, and it dates way back to the eighth century. There are thousands of different kinds of miso with different ingredients, fermentation times, and flavours.
Miso is tangy and salty, with an umami taste that makes it a great addition to soups (such as Vegetarian Peanut Miso Ramen or Miso Chicken with Ramen), stews, dressings, gravies, sauces, and batters. It is most commonly recognized as the staple ingredient in popular miso soup in Japanese cuisine.
To make this easy miso salmon, you will need the following ingredients:
- salmon fillets - about 1 pound, cut into 2-inch wide fillets
- miso paste
- soy sauce
- olive oil
- ground black pepper
- glaze - made with honey, soy sauce and sesame oil.
- for serving - steamed rice, sesame seeds, and green onions.
How to Make the Best Baked Miso Salmon
- Marinate the salmon. In a small mixing bowl, combine miso paste, honey, soy sauce, olive oil and pepper and mix well with a spoon until smooth. In a large ziploc bag, add salmon and the miso mixture. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Gently press the marinade around the salmon fillets to coat. Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
- Bake. Remove the marinated salmon fillets out of the bag and place them evenly spaced apart onto a parchment-lined quarter sheet baking sheet. Bake in a 375 F preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, then remove from oven and let the salmon rest on the baking sheet at room temperature for 5 minutes. When salmon is cooked, the flesh will turn opaque and will flake easily when inserting a fork.
- Add glaze and serve. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, honey and sesame oil and brush the glaze over salmon. Serve with steamed rice and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.
How to Serve Miso Salmon
Serve miso salmon over a bowl of steamed rice and sprinkle some sesame seeds and chopped green onions on top. You can also serve it over noodles, brown rice, quinoa or a side of vegetables. You can also assemble miso salmon into an Asian rice bowl with avocado, greens, cucumber, roe, and seaweed.
Tips and Tricks
- Marinate time. I recommend marinating the salmon for at least 30 minutes to absorb the most flavour. But if you are short on time, you can simply let it sit while the oven preheats and still get a very flavourful fish.
- Air fryer instructions. Place the salmon in a single layer into your air fryer basket (you make have to do this in batches). Air fry at 400F for about 10 minutes.
- How to store. Baked miso salmon will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Store it in a shallow airtight container or wrap it tightly in foil.
- How to reheat. Reheat in a skillet over medium-low heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes, or in the microwave for about 1 minute. You can also reheat in a preheated oven or air fryer at 300F for about 5-10 minutes until warmed through.
- How to freeze. Although you can freeze cooked salmon, it is not recommended as freezing will cause the cooked salmon to be rubbery and tough. Instead, portion and freeze fresh salmon. Then, thaw and prepare a portion of salmon that you can eat within a few days.
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