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Luscious Soy & Sweet Mirin Basted Salmon

This recipe is one of our favourites for a relaxing Sunday night dinner at home, eaten while watching a good movie.  It is incredibly easy to prepare, and also extremely healthy – two words that are often oxymorons.  

A thick slab of omega-rich crimson salmon, bathed in a wash of sweet soy and mirin, then baked in the oven until juicy and tender – this is an ultimate Sunday supper to get you fully replenished for the upcoming week.

I usually serve this with steamed broccoli and orzo / peas.  I hope this will also become one of your favourite standby recipes.

What you’ll need (serves 2):

  • 2 salmon fillet pieces (preferably wild and organic)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tbls sake
  • 2 tbls sweet soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbls olive oil
  • 1/2 tbls minced garlic
  • diced scallions (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees celsius.  

Combine all the wet ingredients together, then mix in the minced garlic.  

Turn the salmon fillets around in the marinade.  Place each fillet flesh side down in the marinade and allow the flavours to infuse in the fridge for around 20 – 30minutes (you can actually pre-marinate this for up to 3 hours).  

By this time, the oven should have reached 200 degrees.  I usually cover the over-safe baking dish with a sheet of aluminum foil and pop the whole tray into the oven.  

Now it’s just a waiting game – the salmon should be cooked after 18-20 minutes, depending on how well-done you prefer your fish.  

Bon Appetit!  

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