Sweet Miso Salmon

New to East Asian cooking? Miso is a great way to get started! This simple glaze has only two ingredients. Here I’ve put it on salmon and baked the fish, but you can put it on almost anything and fry, dip, or simmer.


  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup (don’t you even THINK about using the fake stuff)
  • 1 tbsp miso paste–I used a low-sodium white miso; there are many other kinds!
  • A 4- or 5-ounce salmon filet
  • A handful of a steamable green veggie of your choice, fresh or defrosted from frozen; I used green beans
  • Some optional add-ins for your sauce: chopped garlic, red pepper flakes, salt

Got aluminum foil? Excellent. Combine the maple syrup and miso paste in a bowl. Give it a taste and add any add-ins (you can also do this once it’s done). Now arrange your salmon and veggies in the center of a large sheet of foil, and turn the sides up, twisting the corners, to create a foil packet. Leave an opening in the top of the packet (see picture). Pour your sauce into the packet, over the veggies and fish, and place it on a baking tray. Bake the packet for 25-30 minutes at 350°F.

You’ll know that your salmon is done when it’s light pink all the way through (test it with a knife). This recipe makes enough sauce to pour generously over some rice on the side… or you could just drink it, which is obviously what I did. Enjoy!

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