Nigella’s Mirin Glazed Salmon

I adapted this recipe ever so slightly from Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Express, one of my favorites for quick meals and treats. For 4 adults, we like salmon portions about 5-6 oz, so I used about 1.25 lb Salmon.  The best way to cut the salmon fillet is into strips about 1-2″ wide where they are thicker toward the middle and thinner at the ends.

Be sure to pick the bones out of your salmon filets.

  • Author: Laura
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Fish, Seafood
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian-inspired


  • 1/4 c (60ml) Mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)
  • 1/4 c (49g) Light brown sugar, packed
  • (optional) 1 tsp minced fresh ginger 
  • 1/4 c (60ml) Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/4 lb (.57kg) skinless Salmon, or 45 oz. fillets or steaks, about 1” thick at the thickest point
  • 2 T (30ml) Rice Vinegar

For garnish:

  • 12 Scallions, halved and shredded or chopped
  • Toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling
  • Slices of sushi ginger

(optional) Rice or noodles for serving


  1. If making rice or noodles, boil the water, and prepare according to package directions.In a shallow, flat-bottomed dish, mix together the mirin, sugar, soy sauce, and ginger (if using). Marinate the salmon 3 minutes on the first side, and 2 minutes on the second side. While marinating, heat a large skillet on the stove over Medium-High heat.
  2. When pan is hot and marination is finished, cook the salmon fillets in the hot, dry pan for 2 minutes on the first side. Then turn them over, add the marinade, and cook another 2 minutes.
  3. Place the salmon pieces on a serving plate. Add the rice vinegar to the marinade in the hot skillet.  Swirl until mixed, then pour the glaze over the salmon and top with the scallions and/or toasted sesame seeds.
  4. Serve over rice or noodles.


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