Dr Hazel Wallace

Miso is created with fermented soya beans, rice or grain and salt, and is packed with gut-loving bacteria. It adds the most amazing, intense flavour to salmon and it’s something I always have in my fridge. You can find miso in the Japanese section of most large supermarkets.

Serves 2


  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 125g black rice
  • 250ml water
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 head of pak choi, quartered lengthways
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Salt


  1. Combine the miso paste, soy sauce and maple syrup in a bowl. Coat the salmon fillets in the mixture, then cover with cling film and marinate in the fridge overnight, or for at least two hours.
  2. Put the rice in a saucepan with the water and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 40–45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain.
  3. While the rice is cooking, preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Line a roasting tray with tinfoil.
  4. Place the salmon in the prepared tray and roast for 15 minutes, until the flesh flakes easily and is cooked through.
  5. Place a wok or frying pan on a medium-high heat. Add the tablespoon of sesame oil and fry the garlic for 30 seconds, or until just beginning to sizzle.
  6. Add the pak choi and 1 tablespoon of water and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the spinach and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, until just wilted.
  7. Serve the greens with the salmon, adding a drizzle of sesame oil and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Recipe extracted from The Food Medic for Life: Easy recipes to help you live well every day by Dr Hazel Wallace, available to pre-order now.

Photo: Ellis Parrinder

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