Japanese Salted Salmon(塩鮭) with Shiso and Lemon Zest

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Japanese salted salmon with shiso and lemon zest

A bowl of white rice, miso soup and a piece of salted salmon make the typical Japanese breakfast.   For many Japanese people, Salted salmon and a bowl of white rice are the perfect match.

As most of the preparation can be done in advance, all you need to do is to grill the salmon using a griller or a frying pan. The salting process dehydrates the fish, which makes the texture firmer, and more importantly, it gives the fish a richer umami flavor.

The unique aroma of Shiso leaves and the citrusy lemon zest work great with grilled salmon by adding some refreshing flavor.

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Japanese salted salmon with shiso and lemon zest

Ingredients: 

  • Salmon filiet (0.8lb)

  • Salt (1tbs)

  • Shiso leaves (3~5)

  • Lemon zest (1tbs)

Instructions:

1. Remove scales from the salmon skin. I normally use a steak knife.

2. Slice salmon fillet into 3 pieces. (about 1 inch thick)

3. Sprinkle salt on both side.

4. Wrap the salmon using kitchen paper then put into a zipper bag. Store in the fridge for at least one night.

5. Grill both sides [and] of the skin on a frying pan or a griller. (no oil needed when use a non-stick pan.)

grilled salted salmon instructions
Instructions
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