Miso Salmon with Cilantro Salsa

White miso makes a delicious marinade for broiled salmon. A combination of fermented soybeans and either rice or barley, miso is a great source of zinc, a natural immune booster.
Body+Soul, April/May 2007
  • Prep Time 20 minutes
  • Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 1 cup white miso
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar, packed, plus one 1 teaspoon
  • 4 skinless salmon fillets (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (2 to 3 limes)
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) red Thai chili, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated (1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil


  1. In a medium saucepan combine miso, vinegar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/3 cup water. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until miso and sugar have dissolved; cool to room temperature. In a resealable plastic bag combine salmon and miso mixture. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, in a blender, combine cilantro, lime juice, shallot, chili, garlic, ginger, oil, and remaining teaspoon of brown sugar. Blend until mixture is smooth.

  3. Heat broiler with the rack in the highest position. Lift salmon from marinade; broil salmon until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Serve with cilantro sauce.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (6)

  • lknaak 14 Mar, 2010

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING! It couldn't have been easier to cook, and served with brown rice it was a quick and healthy meal.

  • lotus1725 15 Jul, 2009

    this was disgusting... way way way too salty.

  • catie7 16 Jan, 2009

    What can I substitute for flaxseed oil?

  • Katie_Moor 12 Jan, 2009

    seems not so healthy with all that sugar... possible to substitute with maple syrup or...

  • lammonse 12 Jan, 2009

    Miso is normally made of soybeans. You can find it in the foreign food section of your local grocery store. It should be in the Asian food section, since it is primarily used in Japanese dishes.

  • dancingdragonfly 12 Jan, 2009

    First what is Miso and where do I find it at the store? 2nd.. your ad for a free trial of the magazine is in the wrong spot of the descripion. It is hard to read. I will make this as soon as I learn what Miso is Thank You