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Miso-Glazed Wild Salmon with Sesame Asparagus

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Serves 4 to 6

This savory one-pan supper is weeknight-friendly because you can marinate the salmon before work or for as little as 30 minutes before you broil it.

  • 1/2 cup white miso
  • 1/4 cup dry sake or dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1-1/2- to 2-lb. skin-on wild salmon fillet, pin bones removed
  • 1-1/2 lb. medium-thick asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil; more as needed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes (optional)

In a baking dish or on a rimmed baking sheet large enough to accommodate the salmon, whisk the miso, sake, mirin, honey, soy sauce, and ginger until combined. Turn the salmon in the mixture to coat and leave flesh side down. Marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature, or cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Position a rack 6 inches from the broiler element and heat the broiler on high. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with the vegetable oil. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly brush with oil. Leaving a light coating of the marinade on the salmon, transfer it skin side down to one side of the sheet. Arrange the asparagus on the other side of the sheet. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. salt over the fish and asparagus.

Broil until the salmon is browned around the edges, 2 to 4 minutes. Toss the asparagus and continue to broil until the asparagus is tender and the salmon is cooked to your liking, 3 to 5 minutes more for medium rare and 5 to 7 minutes more for medium (see this Test Kitchen post for a visual to help you gauge doneness). 1 to 2 minutes before the salmon is done, add the cherry tomatoes (if using) to the baking sheet. Use a paring knife to check for doneness; medium-rare salmon will be slightly translucent in the center, and medium salmon will be opaque but juicy.

Transfer the salmon and asparagus to a serving platter. Drizzle the sesame oil over the asparagus, sprinkle the sesame seeds over both, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 250; Fat (g): fat g 11; Fat Calories (kcal): 100; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 1.5; Protein (g): protein g 28; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 7; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 430; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 70; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

I sautéed in a non-stick pan instead of broiling. The flavor is incredibly fabulous.

It's hard to go wrong with the salmon/asparagus combo! The miso glaze is light, so be sure to start with a quality piece of salmon and don't skimp on the marinating time. I like to brown the asparagus a bit longer to create more of a savory contrast. For a quick and healthy midweek meal, this recipe works well.

I made this last night and it was wonderful. It had just the right balance of sweet and salty. The flavoring was perfect, but did not override the flavors of the king salmon. We usually buy 3/4 lb for 2 people, but this time we wished we had bought more. The quantity of the marinade is generous.

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