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Shiitake Salmon With Crispy Skin From Marc Matsumoto

July 14, 2021
18 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten. Food Stylist: Anna Billingskog. Prop Stylist: Fiona Campbell.
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This trick will make any salmon better: grilled, roasted, pan-seared, broiled. In fact, it will make just about anything you want to eat better: meatballs, pasta sauces, popcorn—even ice cream—all with the same Microplane you use to grate cheese and lemon zest, and the umami-packed dried mushrooms that will keep almost-forever in your pantry. No pre-soaking the mushrooms, no pulling out (or cleaning) the spice grinder, just grating as casually as you’d sprinkle salt. Here, we’re using Marc’s trick on Sally Schneider’s Genius Slow-Roasted Salmon, with an extra tip for crisping the salmon skin from Food52 community member Lune, but feel free to use it far and wide.

This one-ingredient umami magic has been sitting on Marc Matsumoto's blog No Recipes since the early aughts. After briefly considering the umami superpowers of MSG, Marc wrote, "I started thinking of other ingredients that are filled with umami enhancing glutamates. I remembered a few recent successes using shiitake powder in chicken sausage as well as a ragù and wondered what it would taste like encrusted on the salmon. Problem solved!”

A few more tips: Unless you try Marc’s trick on mildly flavored fish like sea bream or cod, you may not notice a mushroomy flavor—but the fish will taste emphatically, if somewhat mysteriously, more delicious. (If you’re curious, try sprinkling the mushroom on only half and taste the difference for yourself.)

Adapted from Marc Matsumoto’s No Recipes blog and Sally Schneider’s Slow-Roasted Salmon from A New Way to Cook (Artisan, 2003).

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What You'll Need
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Shiitake Salmon With Crispy Skin From Marc Matsumoto
  • 1 1/2 pounds thick salmon fillet, or other fish like striped bass or cod (1 large fillet or four 6-ounce fillets)
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 to 2 large dried shiitake mushrooms
  1. Heat the oven to 275°F. Place the salmon fillet(s) on a sheet pan. Rub the salmon all over with the oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Use a Microplane to finely grate the dried shiitake generously onto both sides of the salmon—it should look like a thick, fluffy blanket all over the fish. Arrange the fillet(s) on the pan skin side-down, with an inch or two between each fillet.
  3. Roast until a fork inserted in the thickest part of the salmon meets no resistance, the flesh separates easily from the skin, and is just beginning to flake when you poke into it, 10 to 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer should read 120°F. (Don't worry if the top of the fish has a slightly transparent look; this is the result of the low roasting temperature.) Remove the fish from the oven.
  4. Optional, but recommended: Switch the oven to broil on high. With a spatula, slide the salmon off the skin and transfer the salmon to a plate. Place the pan with the skin on a rack about 5 inches under the heating element and broil until the skin blisters and turns golden brown in spots, 1 to 2 minutes, depending on your broiler (watch carefully as it can burn quickly).
  5. Serve warm, room temperature, or cold, tearing or crumbling the crispy salmon skin over the top.

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8 Reviews

Muriel E. April 8, 2023
Hubby loved it!
cakebaby December 17, 2021
This is the only way I do salmon these days. I made a few modifications: Instead of salting the fish, I undercoat the shiitake fluff with either a thin layer of teriyaki or, even better, a coating of white miso diluted 1:1 with water for even more umami
Shera L. August 1, 2021
I was a bit skeptical it would be THAT good when so easy - I was blown away. This is the best salmon ever. I did have an issue with crisping the skin. I think this was because the oven wasn’t hot enough. I like the other suggestions and will try it. I made 1 piece and didn’t finish it. The next day, the rest cold was even better. WOW! WOW! WOW!
Rosalind P. July 3, 2021
one (good, I hope) suggestion and one oops blooper. First, I have been doing the separate skin thing for years, but not under the broiler. I use a non-stick skillet, skin laid flat. Start at medium heat and, as with broiling,watch carefully. Turn the heat down as the skin browns. Use tongs to flip a few times. It's like cooking bacon, or rendering chicken skin for the fat. Make it as crisp as not watching Mr. Matusumoto's video until after I had grated my mushrooms. I produced a fine, powdery consistency rather then the coarser one he recommends. No matter; it was delicious.
Elisabeth L. July 1, 2021
I liked the slow roasting technique for cooking the fish, and used an instant read thermometer to determine doneness. My problem was that I couldn't taste the mushrooms. I mean not at all. Alas!
JK June 16, 2021
"10 to 35 minutes" seems almost too vague for a cook time.
Kristen M. June 18, 2021
Fair point, but it really depends on the thickness of the fish (the unusually skinny fillet in the video took less than 10 minutes!), which is why I appreciate the abundant visual cues from Sally Schneider included in the recipe above.
Arrxx June 23, 2021
An instant read thermometer or the visual cues (flaky flesh) will tell you when it's done. It will depend on thickness, type of fish etc.