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5-Ingredient Miso Glazed Salmon

Miso Glazed Salmon for Two is one of my favorite easy recipes to cook on busy weeknights. It has only a few ingredients but is big on taste. A simple miso marinade gives it savory-sweet flavor.

low angle shot of the cooked miso glazed salmon on a black plate. The salmon is on a bed of white rice with sliced avocado and sauteed spinach and is garnished with sesame seeds.

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My family loves salmon. It’s so meaty and flavorful. All you need alongside are rice and a simple vegetable.

What is miso paste?

Miso paste is an amazing seasoning that can be used in all sorts of recipes. It’s Japanese in origin, but you don’t have to limit its use only to Japanese recipes.

Miso paste is a fermented mixture of soybeans and rice (or barley) and salt.  Koji, a type of fungus, initiates the fermentation process. The result is a seasoning paste that is full of umami.

Miso paste adds depth of flavor to marinades, salad dressings, and sauces. I especially love it in this Miso Glazed Salmon recipe.

There are several different types of miso paste and they vary in flavor. Some are very mild, while others are very salty and intense. Generally speaking, the lighter the color of the miso, the milder it is.

Shiro or white miso paste is mild. Red or aka miso paste is more intense. Awasemiso is a combination of white and red miso pastes, with a flavor that falls in between the two.

I keep both white and red miso in my refrigerator and often use a mixture of the two. If you want to buy only one, start with white miso paste.

Look for miso paste in the refrigerator section of an Asian market and some well-stocked supermarkets. You can also buy miso paste online.

Miso paste is a key ingredient in miso soup, obviously, and is also used as a seasoning in Miso Ramen Tare.

What ingredients do you need for miso glazed salmon?

The ingredient list for this salmon recipe is nice and short. It comes from my book 5-Ingredient Cooking for Two!

That’s it! I told you this Miso Glazed Salmon recipe is super simple!

A 3-image collage showing the steps to make the dish: Ingredients, making the marinade, marinating the fish.

How do you make it?

Simply mix up the miso marinade ingredients, pour them over the salmon, and let the salmon marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Then bake your salmon in the oven.

The longer you marinate the salmon in the miso sauce, the better. Thirty minutes is a good minimum. And if you can leave it for 2 hours, or even as long as overnight, that’s even better.

Book cover of 5-Ingredient Cooking for Two

How to tell if the salmon is done?

If you’re new to cooking salmon, you might worry about overcooking it. After all, it’s not difficult to cook fish just a little too long. To avoid this, be sure to check your salmon after 8 or 9 minutes.

The best way to tell if your salmon is done is by sticking a fork into the thickest part. If it flakes easily, it is ready to pull out of the oven. The flesh inside should be opaque all the way through, but still moist.

What do you serve with miso glazed salmon?

I like to keep things simple. We usually have this baked fish with steamed white or brown rice. Serve it with a side of refreshing Sunomono or Japanese Cucumber Salad, Sauteed Lotus Root, or Takuan, Japanese Pickled Daikon Radish.

This would make a great meal for a stay-at-home date night. Add a Spicy Cucumber Martini to make it even more special!

Cooking for Two

This recipe comes from my cookbook 5-Ingredient Cooking for Two. The recipe makes the perfect amount for a nice dinner for two, making it a great choice for a Valentine’s Day menu, a romantic dinner with your partner, or really any time you want to make a small amount.

The recipe is easy to double or triple, too, so that you can make enough for the whole family. I usually double it for my family of three and one lucky person gets to have leftover salmon for lunch the next day.

Overhead shot of the cooked miso glazed salmon. There is a black plate with a bed of white rice, the fish on top of the rice with sliced avocado and sauteed spinach on the side. Garnished with sesame seeds.

more japanese recipes you’ll love

If you love Japanese food as much as I do, try my Spicy Miso Ramen, Beef Yakisoba, Shrimp Yakisoba, or Chicken Karaage. For sides and snacks, don’t miss my Onigiri, Yaki Onigiri, Sunomono, Soy Sauce Eggs, Stir-Fried Lotus Root, or Chawanmushi.

For breakfast or brunch, try Japanese Souffle Pancakes with a nice cold Matcha Milk Tea!

Overhead shot of the dish. There is a black plate with a bed of white rice, the fish on top of the rice with sliced avocado and sauteed spinach on the side. Garnished with sesame seeds.

5-Ingredient Miso Glazed Salmon

Robin Donovan
This dish is a magical combination of super delicious and really, really easy to make. It makes frequent appearances at my house, and no one in my family ever complains, so you know it’s good.

4.72 from 14 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Additional Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Fish and Seafood
Cuisine Japanese
Calories 146 kcal


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 5- to 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
  • Sliced scallions for garnish (optional)


  • In a medium bowl, mix together the miso, sake, sugar, and soy sauce until smooth.
  • Add the salmon fillets and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  • Transfer the salmon fillets to a baking dish and pour any extra marinade over the top.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, until the fish is flaky and the sauce has thickened and browned in places.
  • If desired, run the fish under the broiler for a minute or two to brown the glaze.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and/or sliced scallions, if using.


1. You can substitute awase miso paste or use half red miso paste and half white.
2. You can subsitute dry white wine for the sake.


Serving: 1Calories: 146kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 919mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7g
Keyword japanese recipe, miso, miso glazed salmon, miso salmon, salmon
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By on January 28th, 2021


Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

I’m the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners5 Ingredient Cooking for TwoSushi at HomeThe Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. → More about Robin

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