In the past decade of dating/being married to my husband he’s made a lot of requests in the food department. I enjoy a challenge and, with the exception of one ill-conceived and poorly executed pesto, he’s always been happy to eat everything I make. Lately he’s suggested more seafood and I have been trying some new fish dishes. We cook with shrimp a lot, but other fish is not my wheelhouse – I am not experienced enough to make substitutes well based on what’s available. I also have been generally opposed to salmon – it seems like salmon got trendy in the early 2000s and it was everywhere and generally poorly prepared and I just got tired of it. I never buy it, but it was on sale at the grocery store and Ross wanted more fish, so I gave it a try.
This dish might be the single easiest dinner I’ve ever made. It takes 3 minutes of prep the night before and 10 minutes of cooking the day of. That’s it. I’ve served it with rice and with quinoa, usually with grilled asparagus on the side. It’s insanely good. The miso paste may be hard to find, I located it at Whole Foods. It’s fermented soybean paste – so it stays good forever in the refrigerator. Whether you’re a long time salmon lover or a salmon skeptic, give this a try. Mostly because you can make it in 11 minutes. You do need to marinate it overnight, so keep that in mind.
adapted from Keepers by Kathy Brennan and Caroline Campion
2/3 cup red miso paste
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1lb of salmon filets (at my grocery store, this means 2 long filets so I cut eat in half to get four pieces)
1. Place the miso paste, vinegar, and brown sugar in a large ziploc bag or tupperware and mix together until combined. Add the fish, making sure to coat all sides, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
2. When you’re ready to eat, line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, spray or brush with a little olive oil, and heat the oven to 400. Arrange the salmon pieces on the foil skin side downand bake for 6 minutes, flip them over, and bake an additional 4 minutes, until you’re just able to flake the fish with a spatula.