Miso Glaze Spiced Thai Coconut Salmon
Looking for a touch of Asian inspiration, made irresistibly easy? Here’s a practical, convenient weeknight air fryer dinner featuring a miso glaze that’s rich in subtle flavour and fragrance – and elegantly simple to make!
This miso glaze spiced Thai coconut salmon features the sweetness of fresh coconut, the mild spiciness of chilli, and the appetite-inducing tang of miso and rice vinegar. There’s something about Thai-themed cuisine, with its subtle symphony of surprising contrasts that always intrigues the tastebuds and invariably has people asking for seconds.
The good news is that this healthy, tasty little gem is super easy to prepare – and best of all, it’s a one-pan meal, so there’s minimal fuss and less washing up, too.
For a truly authentic touch, you might want to consider preparing a portion of rice to accompany your miso glaze salmon bake – and for this dish, we recommend Thai Jasmine rice, of course.
For The Best Miso Glaze
A little preparation goes a long way. It’s best to cover the salmon pieces in the marinade early on so they can absorb as much of that incredible flavour as possible – but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be a production. You have two options: you could prepare your easy 3-ingredient marinade a few hours beforehand and pop it all into the fridge, or you can do it on the go, by simply placing the salmon portions into the marinade for a few minutes while you’re busy prepping the rest of the dish.
That said, it’s a good idea to let your salmon marinate for as long as possible. By letting it absorb more of the marinade, you’ll achieve better flavour penetration, which means a beautifully burnished and lacquered miso glazed fish finish every time.
If you’re not used to cooking salmon, you might feel a little hesitant about how best to achieve the delicate, flaky texture you want – along with the deep, burnished miso glaze lacquer that adds an attractive aesthetic while locking in taste. As with most fish, the key to spectacular results lies in cooking your salmon at the right temperature for the optimum length of time. We’ve made it really simple, and using an air fryer is actually a great option here, because you can regulate everything pretty easily without too much variance.
Once you’ve tried this recipe a few times, you’ll want to experiment a little, because even though you’ll get consistently great results, cooking a dish like this is as much an art as a science – and it’s fun.
Do I Have to Use Salmon?
In a word: no.
This recipe is really versatile and works equally well with almost any choice of fish. In fact, we used both salmon and stone bass in our test kitchen – with equally spectacular results. And if you’d like to use a flatter fish fillet (like hake), you can simply adjust the cooking time as you check the progress.
Whichever you decide to use, the core ingredients remain the same, and the beautifully fragrant coconut cook-in sauce gives you a rich, full taste no matter what your preference – along with beautiful, burnished miso glaze.
If you enjoy incorporating coconut into your cooking, why not explore some of our other recipes that also showcase the versatile ingredient? Check them out here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is this dish gluten-free?
Yes, and it’s a wonderfully low-GI dinner option as well – especially if you choose to omit the rice.
Can I use other types of fish?
Yes, you can. The miso glaze comes out equally well on different types of fish. The most important consideration is cooking duration: the thicker the cut, the longer the cooking time. Make a point of checking as you go, especially if you’re trying something new.
Do I need to be an expert to make this dish?
The wonderful thing about this miso glaze recipe is its simplicity and reliability. Rest assured, at The Culinary Cartel, we’re all about giving you smart, attractive meal options that anybody can produce with confidence.