Mirin-Poached Salmon with Spring Salad

By Logo inline

Poaching fish with a little flavorful liquid may be the easiest way to cook fish! This quick poached-fish recipe stars salmon, but tuna, mahi-mahi or cod work just as well. Look for pea sprouts, also called “pea shoots,” at farmers’ markets and in well-stocked supermarkets. Or use 1 more cup thinly sliced snap peas instead.

Mirin-Poached Salmon with Spring Salad
photographer: Peter Ardito
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 30 minutes

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 3 tablespoons mirin (see Tips)

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger matchsticks (see Tips)

  • 1-1 1/4 pounds salmon , tuna, mahi-mahi or cod, skinned if desired, cut into 4 portions (see Tips)

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup radish matchsticks

  • 1 cup thinly sliced snap peas

  • 1 cup pea sprouts

  1. Combine water, mirin, soy sauce, vinegar and ginger in a large skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook for 4 minutes. Add fish; sprinkle with salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook, turning once, just until opaque in the center, 4 to 8 minutes (depending on thickness).

  2. Meanwhile, combine radishes, snap peas and pea sprouts in a medium bowl. When the fish is done, pour the braising liquid into the bowl and toss to coat. Serve the salad on the fish.

Look for mirin—a sweet, low-alcohol rice wine used in Japanese cooking—near other Asian ingredients in well-stocked supermarkets. Use it to add a touch of sweetness to sauces and marinades. Refrigerate for up to 6 months.

Learn how make “matchsticks” or julienne: Slice ingredients crosswise into very thin slices. Make a stack of 2 to 3 slices at a time, then slice into fine matchsticks (about 1/8 inch wide).

For information about choosing sustainable seafood, visit seafoodwatch.org.

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size
3-4 oz. fish and 3/4 cup salad
15 g
4 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
27 g
53 mg
Dietary Fiber
2 g
666 mg
620 mg
4 servings
3-4 oz. fish and 3/4 cup salad each
2 vegetable
3 lean meat
Vitamin C
31% daily value
19% dv
18% dv
15% dv

In partnership with EatingWell EATINGWELL® is a registered trademark of EatingWell, Inc.

eatingwell dinner asian healthy weight heart healthy low carbohydrate low calorie low cholesterol low saturated fat high potassium diabetes appropriate spring summer poach main dish fish/seafood fish gluten free memorial day mothers day fathers day easy