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The Cheesecake Factory Miso Salmon

Posted in Eating Out, Recipes by Bethany on October 23, 2011

My husband really, really likes the Cheesecake Factory. He loves the Chicken Bellagio and the brown wheat bread that comes out at the beginning of every meal and the consistent service. I think he secretly also likes going there because NBA players like going there too. Seriously!

I, on the other hand, could care less for the place. I’ve tried a handful of dishes over our many visits there and am usually underwhelmed. For the record, however, I like their french fries, I like their strawberry cheesecake dessert, and their Asian Chicken salad (minusĀ all the deep fried toppings) is pretty good. My ambivalence toward the Cheesecake Factory was probably due to the fact that until recently, I hadn’t tried the Mis Salmon. Oh boy, I was missing out!

If you haven’t tried the Miso Salmon and you saw it at someone else’s table, you’d probably scoff at the simple bed of rice, humble steamed vegetables, and salmon fillet. I mean, everyone at the table with me commented that it looked like something you could make at home (which is partially true…). BUT, after trying it, after everyone taking more than just a bite of my dish, we were all sold.

Then, at home, I realized that there must be some truth to the whole “it looks like something you can make at home” sentiment. A few quick Googles proved me right! There were a few recipes circulated over and over on the Interwebs so I found the one that looked the simplest (my ambition comes second to my efficiency) and gave it a whirl. Note: I have not tried to make the sake butter yet… maybe I will, maybe I won’t. The salmon’s delicious without it, so don’t stress if you don’t make the butter either.

It’s a relatively easy recipe once you find miso. I assumed I could find it at a normal grocery store (checked Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, Trader Joes… nope!) so make sure to grab it the next time you’re at the Korean market or Mitsuwa. I didn’t really know which kind to buy, but apparently white miso is the most common type so I went with that.

Super quick prep time, super delicious pay off. Make this one!!

Miso Salmon


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons hot water
  • 2 Tablespoons miso
  • Salmon fillets
  • cooking spray
  • 1 Tablespoon chives or scallions, chopped


Move oven rack to top position and pre-heat broiler.

Combine first four ingredients, stirring with a whisk.

Arrange fish in shallow baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Spoon miso mixture over fish.

Broil 10 minutes, basting with miso mixture every 3-4 minutes.

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