I love how this easy miso salmon recipe is just different enough to break up the boring routine of seemingly endless chicken dishes at my house, but familiar enough that my children will eat it. Plus, I love how few ingredients it has and how quick and easy it comes together.
I am a huge advocate of family dinners together. I think they are so important. I even had a friend tell me once that family dinnertime was sacred, and I agree. Statistics agree with me as well, the benefits of family dinner are astounding (when I have a little bit more time, I will share them). Now with that being said…our nightly family dinners are far from picture perfect. They usually go something like this:
My wife and I make separate meals because I have a very limited diet and she can’t eat or doesn’t want to eat most of the food I eat and vice versa. So our children usually end up picking which one of our meals they want to eat. So this poses several problems, one of which is that my meal is usually simpler than my wife’s and I don’t get nearly as distracted as her, so my meal is usually done before hers.
But we want to gather everyone together to pray, regardless of whether or not they are eating, so we begin the 10-minute process of trying to get the kids to come to the dinner table. I seriously don’t understand why it’s so hard to get them to come to the table. Even if it’s their favorite food, it’s still hard to get them to come eat. I remember running to the table when I was growing up. Growing up in my large family, if you didn’t hurry to the table, you might not get dinner.
So when we finally get them to the table and get them to stop talking long enough to pray and then everyone starts complaining about dinner. Actually, my oldest daughter never complains and eats pretty much anything, so I do have to give her credit for that. But our son often doesn’t want to eat what we make, even though he just said he wanted it or just had it a few nights ago and liked it and will make it himself in a few nights. He’ll just get in a weird mood and decide he doesn’t want to eat something and that’s the end of that.
Then daughter #2 won’t eat anything with chicken, so that limits things a lot. According to her, everything we eat has chicken in it. Daughter #3 doesn’t like anything with dairy in it except pizza and maybe ice cream. I mean, what kind of kid doesn’t like cheese unless it’s on pizza?
I’m telling you all about our chaotic family dinnertime and picky kids because the other day we had one of those picture perfect family dinners. The children came almost right away, the children all ate their dinner without complaining (it didn’t hurt that no chicken or dairy was involved) and we all ate the same meal. It was kind of crazy.
I felt like I had hit the jackpot. I almost published it all over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc…but instead I thought I would bore all of you with my triumphant dad moment (if my picture of perfection is making you sick, I assure you that right before dinner my youngest daughters had a cat fight, the only reason we had planned ahead and had ingredients on hand is because it was Sunday and we had a family party we knew we had to hurry and get to right after church and the children knew they better just hurry and eat and not complain so we could get to the party and get yummy dessert :).
Anyway, this easy miso salmon recipe is what everyone liked. It is fabulous and easy! I don’t know why I’m always surprised when my children love to eat fish, but I think it’s because we never had fish when I was growing up. I don’t think it was just my family. Fish just wasn’t nearly as accessible back then. Plus, it costs a lot more money than what we normally ate and it definitely didn’t fit into our budget.
But our children all love to eat fish, so don’t be afraid to offer fish to your children. They may be hesitant at first, but let them try a little and you may be surprised. It’s always one of those things if they see you eating it, they are way more likely to try it themselves too. Our children especially love to catch their own fish and eat it (but that’s another story for another day).
I love making fish for dinner because it cooks up so fast. Plus it’s healthy – salmon is full of omega 3 fatty acids (aka good fat) and miso is a fermented soybean paste that is full of probiotics that help aid in digestion. Miso is common in Japanese dishes and adds a punch of flavor to this one.
If you have never cooked with miso, don’t let it intimidate you. It can be a little bit hard to find; I had to go to the health food store, but it has a long shelf life in the refrigerator, so you don’t have to worry about it spoiling right away…so it is worth buying. Plus it adds so much flavor to dishes like this easy miso salmon recipe – I highly recommend purchasing some :)…and who knows, you may have a perfect family dinner too – it’s worth a try, right!
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This simple, healthy, and delicious easy miso salmon recipe comes together super-fast and is bursting with flavor. Plus, it only has 5 ingredients and is gluten-free.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Combine all ingredients, except the salmon, in saucepan to create the sauce
- Heat the sauce over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it thickens and becomes more like a glaze (approx. 5-7 minutes)
- Place the salmon on a baking dish covered in parchment paper
- Brush the glaze over the fish
- Bake the fish for 20 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork, pausing to reglaze every 5 minutes
- Remove the fish from oven and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds
I served mine with some sauted brussels sprouts