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Since my posts on Monday and Wednesday were focused on light meals, I will continue with the same theme and end this week with a healthy post. I hesitated to call this Broiled Salmon dish as a “recipe” because all that is required is to broil the fish in the oven toaster. This is my go-to recipe when I already have a meat dish available as the primary course and don’t really have time to prepare another main dish from scratch.
After I married my husband I learned that the Chinese usually have several main dishes during a meal. I grew up in Japan where we typically have one main dish and the rest are considered all side dishes. We may have 2 main dishes once in a while but it is rather rare. So it was a surprise when my husband asked me if we are having other dishes besides one on the table after I started to cook for him. That was a big culture shock to me because Japanese cuisine is light and simple most of the time. To adapt to our mixed culture life, I’ve started to cook at least 2 main dishes for each meal and when I’m really busy I can always count on broiled fish as one of the main dish because it requires very little preparation.
This simple broiled fish is best served with yuzu soy sauce. Prepare a small dish with soy sauce and add a few drops of yuzu extract. It’s simple yet very delicious and goes well with broiled fish (hamachi, salmon, or aji). A lot of our friends have tried this sauce and they are quite surprised how great it tastes.
Most of the time my children devour any broiled fish we serve, but once in a while, there is leftover. I usually make Salmon Onigiri (Rice Ball) using the leftover. Shiso adds a nice flavor and brings out a great appetite. I hope you will try this simple meal one day.
Have a great weekend!
Broiled Salmon and Salmon Onigiri (Rice Ball)
For Broiled Salmon
For Making Salmon Onigiri
- 4 servings cooked Japanese short-grain rice (2 rice-cooker-cups (180 ml x 2 = 360 ml) yields roughly 4 servings (3 ½ US cups); see how to cook short-grain rice with a rice cooker, a pot over the stove, an instant pot, or a donabe)
- 2 tsp neutral-flavored oil (vegetable, rice bran, canola, etc.)
- 1 broiled salmon
- ½ tsp grated ginger
- 1 Tbsp sake
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp toasted white sesame seeds
- 5 shiso leaves (perilla/ooba) (chiffonaded)
★ Broiled Salmon
To Broil (Recommended)
- Preheat the broiler* with a rack placed about 6" (15 cm) away from the top heating element (in the center of the oven) for 5 minutes. When broiling, you don't control the temperature in the oven; instead, you control the distance between the broiler and the surface of the food. It's similar to using hotter and cooler zones on your grill. *Broiler setting: Low (450ºF/232ºC), Medium (500ºF/260ºC), and High (550ºF/288ºC). I usually use medium (6" away) or high (8" away).
- Line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleaning. Place the salmon on the foil, skin side up (for crispy skin!). Broil the salmon at medium (500ºF) or high (550ºF) for 8-10 minutes. Please remember the cooking time varies depending on the thickness of the fish and the distance between the broiler and the food. Japanese salted salmon is cooked till well done (more dry and flaky). You do not need to flip it.
To Bake (Optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (218ºC) with a rack placed in the center and bake the salmon on parchment paper for 10-12 minutes. Japanese salted salmon is cooked till well done (more dry and flaky).
To Serve & Store
- Prepare a small plate/bowl with soy sauce and yuzu extract. I use this brand of yuzu and dip salmon in the sauce to enjoy. Goes very well with white rice. You can keep the leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for a month.
★ Salmon Onigiri
- Cook steamed rice first. Once cooked, transfer to a large bowl.
- In a non-stick frying pan, heat 2 tsp oil and add broiled salmon. With a wooden spatula, break up the salmon into smaller pieces.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (ginger, sake, sugar, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and shiso leaves) to the pan and mix all together.
- Pour the mixture into the bowl of cooked rice. Mix all together.
- While the rice is warm, make rice balls with wet hands. See how to make onigiri in this post.
- Onigiri (or any rice dish) gets hard when you refrigerate. The cold air makes the rice dry and hard (which is perfect for fried rice!). I don't recommend making onigiri ahead of time. But if you really need to, my trick is to wrap the onigiri with thick kitchen towels and store in the fridge. Onigiri will be cool and safe, but should not be cold.