One of my all time favorite meals is the miso salmon from the Cheesecake Factory. Definitely in my top 3. I love salmon. I L U U U V salmon. I could probably eat it two or three times a week. I also love asian seasonings & flavors. So I naturally gravitated towards a miso (a common Japanese seasoning that is created fermenting soybeans) salmon. This spicy miso salmon and spinach orzo is one of my favorite go-to recipes when I’m craving Cheesecake Factory’s Miso Salmon.
The orzo definitely takes a little longer than the salmon, but they compliment each other beautifully. There is a slight tang and spiciness to the salmon, but then you taste a buttery, nutty taste as well. Spicy miso salmon can also be paired with other items as well. A jasmine rice would be perfect as well.
The Spinach Orzo reminds me a little of Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s Orzo salad I have had many times there. It’s a lighter pasta salad with flavors of garlic, cheese, and tangy from the sundries tomatoes. (could also add a Tbsp of capers if you wanted even more tang and zing) The salmon pairs perfectly with it.
Spicy Miso Salmon and Spinach Orzo:
4 oz portions of salmon (2 of them)
Drizzle of oil
Kikkoman Takumi Spicy Miso (brown bottle, red label)
1/2 tsp black pepper (you will sprinkle a little on each portion)
1/4 tsp garlic salt (you will sprinkle a little on each portion)
2 tiny pats of butter
Onion tops for garnish
Heat oven to 325. Use small rectangle glass or casserole dish. Lightly oil the bottom of the dish.Take salmon portions and spread 1/2 tbsp of the Kikkoman Spicy Miso on each one. Should be a thin layer. (Optional) Squeeze a tiny bit of an orange on top of each portion. Take 2 tiny pats of butter and place in the center of each portion. Sprinkle black pepper and garlic salt. Cook for approximately 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon. Another option is combining Hoison Sauce ), brown sugar, red pepper flakes, fresh ginger, and oil in a ziplock bag and marinade the salmon in it for 30 minutes. There are a ton of salmon marinades on the internet. Find one, and tweak it to how you prefer it.
Spinach Orzo Recipe:
1 cup of orzo (orzo is in the pasta aisle)
2 cups of baby spinach
Drizzle of olive oil
1/4 cup of radicchio or red cabbage
2 Tbsp sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
1/3 cup diced onion
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp green onion
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
Chop radicchio or cabbage, onion and garlic. Try to chop everything in uniform size so that it resembles a chopped salad. Chop sun dried tomatoes. (set aside)
Saute’ onions in 1 Tbsp olive oil on medium high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 2 more minutes. Add radicchio or cabbage. Cook another 3-4 minutes. Add spinach. Stir and cook 2 more minutes. Set aside off of the heat.
Cook orzo according to the packaged directions.
Once orzo is cooked, combine orzo, sun dried tomatoes and seasonings. Stir well. Add parmesan cheese. Stir well. Taste. If you need more parmesan, add. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Squeeze fresh lemon if needed. Enjoy!!