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MasterClass Episode 9 - Salmon with sweet soy and pickles

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Salmon with sweet soy and pickles

For the pickles

1 Carrot, sliced into rounds

½ Cucumber halved, seeded and cut into crescents

1 Tbsp. salt

½ tsp. salt

¼ Cup Japanese rice vinegar

1 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. water


For the salmon

4 tbsp. Japanese soy sauce

5 tbsp. mirin

8 Bamboo skewers

600g-boned salmon fillet cu into 4 even sized pieces

Steamed rice for 4


For the pickle.

Put the carrot and cucumber into a bowl with 1 tbsp. of salt mix well and set aside for 20 minutes.

Place the vegetables in a sieve and rinse well until all the salt is gone. Drain well to remove and water. Place the vegetables in a small serving bowl.

In another bowl combine the vinegar, ½ tsp. salt, the sugar and water stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour over the vegetables and reserve.


For the salmon.

Mix the soy and mirin together, push 2 skewers through the salmon piece lengthways just under the skin so that they cross to make a handle for turning whilst cooking.

Place the salmon flesh side down, and cover in the in the marinade. Marinate for 1 hour.

Remove the salmon from the marinade and grill over moderate heat for 3 minutes each side basting with the marinade.

If it sticks when you turn it leave it a little longer so it builds up a dry crust and will easily lift off the pan. Serve with rice and pickles on the side.