Miso Salmon. Ikura. Mushroom rice. This may be one of my new favorite dishes so far. While browsing through Instagram the other day, I came across a picture of salmon topped with a mountain of ikura. As soon as I saw it, I had to have it. The following day I went to my local Asian market and purchased as much ikura as I could afford – ikura is not cheap by any means! To make it into one complete meal, I whipped up mushroom rice and seasoned the fish with miso. I kid you not, my fiance muttered the words, “oh my god” with his first bite. Here is the recipe for miso salmon with ikura and mushroom rice.miso salmon with ikura

Serves 4


Salmon with Ikura and Mushroom Rice

30 minTotal Time

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    Miso salmon
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 lb salmon skin on
  • Mushroom rice
  • 4 tbsp butter, divided
  • 8 ounces oyster mushrooms
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Remaining ingredients
  • 8 ounces ikura
  • 2 tbsp scallions, thinly sliced


  1. Prepare the miso salmon. Mix together miso paste with mirin and sake. Brush on top of salmon. Heat saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil. Carefully lay salmon skin side down and sear until crispy, about 4-5 minutes. Remove salmon and set aside.
  2. Heat shallow saute-pan over medium heat. Melt 2 tbsp butter. Add mushrooms and saute until browned, about 5 minutes. Add cooked rice, soy sauce and remaining 2 tbsp butter, stirring until butter has melted. Season rice with salt and pepper. Spread rice in one even layer. Lay the salmon on top and pour water around the edges of the pan. Reduce heat to low and cover pan. Cook until salmon easily flakes with a fork, about 7-8 minutes. Add more water if the rice begins to stick to the bottom.
  3. Remove lid. Top salmon with ikura and garnish with sliced green onion. Serve immediately.

**Helpful tips and common mistakes

The first time I prepared this dish, I used cooked rice for the mushroom rice. The second time I made it (yes, I admit, I had it twice in one week), I used raw rice and cooked it right with the fish. I discovered by testing out the two methods that the dish is more successful with cooked rice. Why? Because the fish cooks faster than raw rice. Using already cooked rice allows both items to be done at the same time.

Let’s get started. First, sear the salmon, allowing the skin to get nice and crispy. Remove the fish from the pan and start on the mushroom rice. The secret ingredient for making the rice utterly delicious is, not surprisingly, butter! Just as fried rice needs butter, this mushroom rice needs butter. Once the mushroom is cooked and the rice is mixed in, place the salmon on top. Cover the pan and cook for 7-8 minutes or until the fish is done. Portion the fish and rice into four bowls and top each with a healthy amount of ikura.miso salmon with ikuraThis miso salmon with ikura and mushroom rice is so simple but incredibly delicious. My favorite meals are the ones composed of few ingredients that marry together with ease. Just writing about this recipe makes me want to make this dish for the third time! With the trip to Kyoto around the corner, perhaps I will find something similar to this beautiful bowl.miso salmon with ikura


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