Tuesday 15 July 2014

Mid week meal- Miso Glazed Salmon

So today marks the return to school for many of those in NSW and with that comes getting organised and getting back into the routine of the demands of everyday living.

I always struggle towards the end of the week to find my cooking mojo. Which isn't a good feeling when you have a family to cook for. Winter does allow itself to easy soups, hearty risottos and other yummy good slow cooking but I dont always take advantage of that and to be honest our kids aren't big fans of soups, delicious osso buco or shanks that have been cooking away in their own juices all day. Tragic really! They love nothing better then meat and three vege or a yummy risotto. We eat dinner with our kids six out of seven nights a week (yes, the early bird special). We are fortunate we can and for us when they are still so young we think its important for them to learn how to sit and eat whilst taking part in a family activity. We talk about our days- which always makes for an interesting experience (more like groundhog day actually) and we spend alot of time picking cutlery off floor and encouraging everyone to eat their dinner, try new food, sit on chair….the list goes on.

One night a week, Sam & I will have a meal together, eaten when the kids are tucked up in bed. A time to enjoy our meal and company and where we practise that skill of not devouring our meal in less then a minute.

I recently came across a salmon dish though which not only is simple, tasty and easy but its healthy. Its for the big people of the house. Best of all, it takes all of 20 minutes from fridge to plate. And it's a perfect meal to whip up quickly for just us on our night dining together. So, happy me!

Miso Glazed Salmon-  Recipe source- Annabel Langbein "Free Range in the City"

Boneless, skinless salmon fillets- one per person
2 teaspoons black and white sesame seeds

Miso Glaze- makes enough for 2-4 fillets depending on how generous you are feeling with glaze!
1 1/2 tablespoon miso, preferably white miso
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoon water
2 tablespoon brown sugar

Turn Grill on to med- high heat. Line baking tray with baking paper and place salmon fillets on.
Make glaze by mixing the glaze ingredients together until smooth consistency. Spread glaze mixture on top of salmon fillets then sprinkle over the sesame seeds. Place under grill for about 8-10 minutes, or until just cooked through. It should just give when pressed gently.

Serve with some rice or noodles and a good side of freshly steamed greens.

Note- I use udon noodles which take about ten minutes to cook. To keep within my 20 minute meal, I start cooking the noodles before preparing salmon. I then use a steamer filled with greens placed on top of noodles to cook at same time.

I also think this would be lovely broken up once cooked and served in a miso broth with noodles and veggies too as a soup alternative!

Have you a quick and simple mid week meal 
your family enjoys??


  1. I do 'breakfast for dinner' sometimes when I run out of inspiration. Is that bad? I like your idea of a miso broth with this salmon - much more sophisticated than a BLT!

    1. Oh nancy- if I didnt have to cook for family I would live on cereal or toast…nothing wrong with a brekky meal at any hour of the day xxx

  2. Love Annabel Langbein's stuff, practical, healthy and tasty. Her grilled broccoli salad is a favourite here. Wish Mr didn't have a fish allergy cause this looks scrumptious! Not sure if I mentioned I made your lemon syrup cake at the weekend. Lovely although I think because I only have a 'toy oven' it was a little dry, will adjust next time and add more syrup because we love it quite gooey!

    1. I havent seen her grilled broccoli salad- must look that one up! She does have some lovely recipes. So glad you tried the cake and glad you enjoyed it too….I have been reading your blog but not yet commented- gosh- busy holiday for you!!! When did you have time to bake! xx


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