One-Pot Wonders

Miso and Ginger Poached Salmon with Warm Soba Noodles

June 28, 2016
2 Ratings
Photo by JIN
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

I enjoy poaching salmon because it keeps its flesh ever so delicate and moist as well as being healthy. And the best part is to be able to play with poaching liquid with different ingredients. This recipe has a classic Asian flavor combination of miso and ginger. No matter what you have in the liquid, the key is not to poach your fish in a boiling hot water. Let’s face it, there is nothing worse than tough and overcooked fish (well, besides overcooked chicken)… Anyway, I promise this is not going to be one of those badly cooked fish dishes. I believe when you have a beautiful ingredient like this you really should make an effort to do it justice. —JIN

Test Kitchen Notes

To the recipe's credit, poaching salmon does the fish justice, especially when the poaching liquid is nicely flavored and can be used as a broth in the dish. The recipe did not specify whether to cut the ginger, so I went with instinct and sliced the large peeled chunk of ginger into about 6 pieces. That flavored the broth nicely, without overwhelming the miso.

The primary problem with the recipe however is that it gives an absolute number of minutes for poaching the salmon, without regard to the size, especially the thickness, of the piece being poached. I removed ours 5 minutes shy of the prescribed poaching period which was just in the nick of time, at least for the larger parts of the pieces we poached. The tapered side was a bit overcooked.

We also liked how well-suited this dish is to weeknight cooking. I ended up throwing some thick julienned carrots into the poaching liquid with the fish, while steaming broccoli florets and snap peas in a small saucepan with about 1/2 cup of the poaching liquid, to make a satisfying one-bowl dinner.

Additionally, the strong flavors of the sesame oil and soy sauce used to toss the soba overwhelmed the miso, and even the stronger ginger flavor, of the broth.

The broth itself is a bit oily from the fat just under the skin of the fish. Next time, I'll toss the soba immediately with some of the broth, skipping the sesame oil. I'll also make a note to use a thermometer to stop the poaching at the correct time. —AntoniaJames

What You'll Need
  • Salmon and poaching liquid
  • 350 grams salmon fillet
  • 1/3 cup mild brown miso paste
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 to 3 cups water, or enough to cover the fish
  • 50 grams fresh ginger, peeled
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Soba noodles
  • 160 grams dried soba
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pure sesame oil
  • 2 to 3 spring onions, chopped
  • Handful Toasted sesame seeds to garnish
  1. Add and mix all ingredients for the poaching liquid in a pot. Bring it to a boil and turn the heat down to medium. Simmer the liquid for 5 minutes and turn the heat down to very low, as low as you can. Make sure you only see a few gentle bubbles or less and place the salmon (skin-side down if it is on). Add a little more water if the fish is not completely covered. Stay in a very low heat and poach the salmon for 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook dried soba noodles in a boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes. Drain, rinse briefly, and season with soy sauce and sesame oil.
  3. After 12 minutes, remove pot from the heat, cover it with a lid and leave for 3 minutes. Carefully take out the salmon (do not throw away the broth) and set aside to cool for a few minutes. The fish should be cooked to tender medium, opaque outside and slightly translucent in the middle. If you are using a fillet with skin, gently remove it when the fish is cool enough to handle. It should come off quite easily.
  4. Plate the noodles and fish with chopped spring onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve it with a bowl of miso and ginger broth you cooked salmon in.

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6 Reviews

Emily August 3, 2017
My salmon was going to be something else, until I realized I was missing some things in the pantry. So this became its delicious destiny. I added in some dried shiitakes midway through poaching the salmon, and some sliced zucchini the last couple minutes plus the 3 minute rest. Even my 3 year old gobbled it up!
JIN August 4, 2017
Thank you so much. I love the idea of adding earthy vegetables and mushrooms :-) And I have to say, your 3 year old has an excellent taste buds!
Merry May 2, 2017
We just tried this last night and loved it! Followed the suggestion to use some of the poaching liquid and skip the sesame oil and it worked beautifully. The flavor of the miso and ginger comes through in such a subtle way that is perfect. We don't care for uncooked onions of any type, so we substituted some beautiful pea shoots from our local farmer's market as the garnish. Delicious! And the leftovers today were wonderful. Thanks Jin!
JIN May 7, 2017
Thank you Merry! So glad you enjoyed it. Miso and ginger are just classic Asian flavours that cannot go wrong. Your pea shoot substitution sounds amazing too.
AntoniaJames July 1, 2016
Can't wait to try this . . . . perfect weeknight dinner. Stay tuned. ;o)
JIN July 2, 2016
I hope you like it! Thank you so much :-)