TV Dinner: Gossip Girl
Broiled Salmon with Braised Shiitake Mushrooms and Miso Glaze
1 cup sake
1 cup mirin
1/2 cup shiro (blond) miso paste
4 six-ounce salmon fillets
16 medium-size shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 small knob ginger, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1. Sauce: Combine sake and mirin in medium-size pot, bring to boil, and reduce by half. Place miso in bowl, and slowly whisk in reduced sake-mirin mixture until completely combined. Strain and cool over ice bath.
2. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Spoon some of the cooled miso sauce over fish, coating completely. Shake off excess sauce.
3. For the braised shiitakes: Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to a hot pan, place shiitake mushrooms (white side up) in pan, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes until lightly browned. Season the mushrooms and add garlic, ginger, and butter to the pan. Next, add a little water to cover bottom of pan and lower heat to a simmer until mushrooms are tender, about 4 to 6 minutes. Season and set aside.
4. Place the marinated salmon on an oiled baking sheet. Cook on top rack under high-heat broiler for 4 to 5 minutes, or until slightly caramelized on top. Then move the salmon to bottom rack and continue to cook to desired temperature — about 1 to 2 minutes more for medium rare, 2 to 4 minutes for medium, etc. Gently warm the shiitakes and remaining miso sauce. Place about 4 mushrooms on each serving plate. Carefully place broiled salmon on top of mushrooms and spoon sauce over and around the fish. (At Geisha we add grilled scallions to finish!)