Mirin Glazed Salmon

I normally shy away from Nigella Lawson’s TV programmes – too many glowing adjectives for my liking, but she does come up with some fabulous recipes. Here is a simple and simply delicious salmon recipe of hers which she says “must be the fastest way there is to create a culinary sensation. You do scarcely a thing – just dibble (dibble??!!) some salmon steaks in a dark glossy potion…” Anyhow, I have taken the liberty of editing out her superlatives and rewritten this in down to earth English!

Mirin Glazed Salmon

Recipe by Nigella Lawson, tried u0026 tasted by GraceDifficulty: Super easy, mirin, Nigella Lawson, rice vinegar, pak choi, microwave rice, sushi, spring onion, ginger


Total time




  • 60 ml mirin (japanese sweet rice wine)

  • 50 gram(s) light brown sugar

  • 60 ml soy sauce

  • 4 x 125g thick salmon steaks

  • 2 tablespoon(s) rice vinegar

  • 2 spring onion(s) (halved and shredded into fine strips)


  • Mix mirin, sugar and soy in a shallow dish and marinate the salmon for 5 mins, turning once. 
  • Heat a large non-stick frying pan on the hob (no oil required). Cook salmon for 2 mins then turn over, add the marinade and cook for another 2 mins.
  • Remove salmon and add rice vinegar to hot pan to warm through. Pour pan juices over salmon and top with spring onion. Serve with white or jasmine rice** and sushi ginger.

Cook’s Tip

  • Nigella doesn’t mention vegetables, but I would recommend some steamed pak choi or broccoli. Because we all need to eat our greens.
  • ** I use those fabulous microwave bags of rice – sooo easy. Grace x

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10 years ago

LOL. Best time I’ve had reading a recipe for ages! Joan