Miso Maple Salmon with Quinoa Pilaf

Miso – an exceptionally nutritious fermented soybean paste originally from Japan – and maple syrup come together to create a scintillating fusion of flavors and a lovely caramelized glaze on the broiled fish.
Miso Maple Salmon with Quinoa Pilaf

Miso Maple Salmon with Quinoa Pilaf

Serves: 6
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes


  • 1/4 cup white miso paste
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 4 tsp safflower oil, divided
  • 6 boneless, skinless wild salmon fillets (1 1/2 lb)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds or slivered unsalted almonds, toasted


  1. In a large bowl, whisk miso, maple syrup, vinegar and 2 tsp oil. Add salmon, turning to coat. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat remaining 2 tsp oil on medium-high. Add bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add quinoa and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in broth, 1 cup water and salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Uncover and stir in onions and sesame seeds.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F.
  4. Place salmon on a nonstick-foil–lined broiler pan or baking sheet. Roast until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10 minutes. If not yet caramelized, broil, watching closely, until slightly golden brown on top, 1 or 2 more minutes. Serve salmon with quinoa pilaf.
  5. Next time you take out your miso, try using it in this Ginger Pea Soup!

Nutrients per serving (1 salmon fillet and 1 cup quinoa pilaf): Calories: 374, Total Fat: 14 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g, Omega-3s: 2,060 mg, Omega-6s: 1,410 mg, Carbs: 31 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugars: 9 g, Protein: 29 g, Sodium: 403 mg, Cholesterol: 62 mg

Nutritional Bonus: A good source of protein, vitamin B12 and trace minerals zinc, copper and manganese.