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Broiled Salmon & Salmon Onigiri (Rice Ball)

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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!

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    Broiled Salmon & Salmon Onigiri
    Broiled Salmon and Salmon Onigiri (Rice Ball)
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    35 mins
    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).
    Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: baked salmon, salmon
    Servings: 2
    Author: Namiko Chen
    [Broiled Salmon]
    • 2 fillets salmon (no more than ½" thick each)
    Dipping sauce:
    • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp Yuzu juice/Yuzu extract
    [Salmon Onigiri - Rice Ball]
    • 1 Tbsp sake
    • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 tsp sugar
    • ½ tsp ginger (grated)
    To Broil (Recommended)
    1. 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).

    2. 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.

      Broiled Salmon 1
    To Bake (Optional)
    1. 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
    1. 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.

    To Make Salmon Onigiri/Rice Ball
    1. In a non-stick frying pan, heat a little bit of oil and sauté salmon. With a wooden spoon, break up into smaller pieces.
    2. Pour Seasonings, sesame seeds, and shiso leaves in a pan and mix all together.

    3. Pour the mixture into a rice cooker after rice is cooked and mix all together.
    4. While the rice is warm, make rice ball (usually triangle) with moist hands.

    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you

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