Sesame seed salmon with mirin

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
less than 10 mins

Serves 1

A deliciously simple way to cook a salmon fillet – sweetened with rice wine and sesame then pan-fried.

By Nigel Slater
From Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day


  • 1 portioned salmon fillet, skin on
  • 4 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp groundnut oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 50g/1¾oz sesame seeds


  1. Marinate the salmon in a bowl with the mirin, groundnut and sesame oils for 30 minutes.

  2. Fill a plate with sesame seeds and place the salmon flesh-side down to cover evenly.

  3. Pan-fry the salmon for six minutes skin-side down and then turn for three final minutes of cooking.

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