Oven baked salmon in brown miso

We bought some organic salmon fillets yesterday. I wanted to cook us something quick, simple and healthy. I decided to make oven baked salmon with brown miso paste, topped with asparagus in a miso and mirin sauce, with ginger, garlic and chilli. This is not a dish which packs a punch – be sure to use good quality salmon as the fish is the star of the show.

Ingredients:

  • 2 organic salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp brown miso paste
  • 1 inch ginger, julienned
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 red chilli, chopped
  • a bunch of asparagus, trimmed
  • a dressing of 1 tbsp brown miso paste, 1/2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • salt and ground white pepper to taste

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Line a baking tray with foil.  Arrange the fish fillets skin side down
  3. Spread 1/2 tsp brown miso on top of 1 fish, and the remainder on the second fish
  4. Bake in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes
  5. Heat oil in a wok. Fry the ginger, followed by the chopped garlic and chilli
  6. Toss in the asparagus and give it a good stir for 30 seconds
  7. Pour in the miso and mirin dressing, stir well and put the lid on for 3 minutes
  8. Season with salt and ground white pepper before removing the asparagus from the heat
  9. Serve salmon, asparagus and dressing with piping hot jasmine rice
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