Simply Healthy Family: Brussels and Shitake Mushrooms in Mirin and Sake with Gingered Broiled Salmon

22.7.14

Brussels and Shitake Mushrooms in Mirin and Sake with Gingered Broiled Salmon


Cooking with spirits is this months theme for RecipeRedux. Choosing just one recipe for this post was a tough one. Then I remembered the first time I tasted mirin, just a dash used in some Jasmin rice  and the choice was easy. Just a tablespoon or two of this special Japanese cooking wine transforms boring foods into a slightly sweet and complex creation.











We had new carpet installed last week which meant a flurry of furniture and nick naks flying in all directions. My entire bedroom was shoved onto the back porch, the contents of the master closet thrown into the bathtub {note to self, declutter closet!} Who knew we had so much junk? The rest of the house was stacked on top of each other and shoved into the kitchen. I took the dog and kids out for most of the day so I didn't witness the chaos but a week later, I'm still finding things in very odd places and not finding other things at all such as my camera!!!!

I've searched the house and my poor camera is nowhere to be found. Let's just hope it didn't end up in the garage because  that's where things go to be forgotten and rot.


Camera-less, I had to take these pictures with my iPhone as if you couldn't tell. They didn't look so bad on my phone but when uploaded them to my computer I was very disappointed, ick. iPhones may take great shots of the kids at the park and and decent selfie snaps but they do not do food photography any favors!



Too bad because this was a fabulously lip smacking meal. The sweet Japanese cooking wine really dialed the brussels and shitake side dish to a whole new level! Even picker eater numero tres gobbled them all up and even asked for seconds! The brussels went perfectly with this broiled salmon marinated in freshly grated ginger and Chinese black vinegar.








I added shallots and thinly sliced Thai chilies to the sprouts at the end of sautéing them and then poured in the mirin while scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze all the browned bits. 






Finding a good quality mirin is really important for better flavor and avoiding the added sugars and corn syrup found in most of the bottles found in grocery stores. "Cheap" mirin is often simply sake with corn syrup, but hon-mirin is a traditional sweetener made from sweet rice and koji. It adds a wonderful depth of flavor.  Mitoku's Mikawa miring was recommend to me and, according to what I've read is either the only or one of the only makers still using traditional methods. A bit of salt is added in order to be able to import it into the US. Eden makes a natural mirin with regular rice which is pretty good. Mirin is slightly expensive, but  only a little is needed in recipes and it goes a long way. You can find the Mikawa mirin online at Simply Natural and Amazon. I didn't get it in time for this post but I'm looking forward to it to add in rice, seafood dishes and sweet and sour soups. 








I have got to find my camera!!!







You Will Need:
2 cups of baby brussel sprouts, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise
1 cup shitake mushrooms wiped clean, stems removed and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sesame oil (not toasted)
1 small shallot, thinly sliced
1 small Thai chili pepper, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons mirinsesame seeds for garnish


Preheat a good quality sauté pan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add oil, let heat up for a minute then add brussel sprouts (make sure they are dry before adding to hot oil!). Carefully, shake the pan to toss the brussels and coat them in the oil. Let them sit and re shake the pan every minute or so. After about 3 minutes, add the shallots and the mushrooms, stir to combine. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes being careful not to over cook.
Pour in the mirin while using a wooden spoon to quickly scrape off the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. reduce heat to medium and let the mirin cook down a bit. Do not cover pan. Add chilies if using. After a minute or two, remove pan from heat. Serve immediately. 











To see what all of the other Recipe Redux members came up with to spike their foods click the links below.







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19 comments:

  1. Brussels and salmon are two of my favorite foods -- looks devine!

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  2. I absolutely love everything about this dish! And, although I'm pretty sure my kids won't touch it :-( my husband and I will lick our plates clean! I REALLY hope you find your camera :-) I accidentall recently "threw out" a pair of expensive orthotics when I donated my old running shoes. SO bummed! Fingers crossed for you though :-)

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    1. You might be surprised! 3 of my 4 kids "hate" Brussels sprouts but ALL of them gobbled these up (they're a bit sweet) the alcohol cooks out of them.

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  3. Oh, no, what a nightmare! A blogger without her camera! Thank goodness for iphones, as I wouldn't have guessed that you had to resort to your phone. Must be the lovely Phoenix light! Your whole meal looks amazing! Loving the Brussels sprouts (I hope to find baby ones around here some day) AND the salmon sounds terrific, too.

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    1. You're too kind Liz! My husband "borrowed" it to take to Boy Scout camp ;) all is well but now I can negotiate for a new camera!!

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  4. Oh my gosh I think your iPhone photo's rock! You did a great job with what you had! This meal is so unique for this challenge I love it! Cooking Asian food definitely intimidates me but you made it look totally doable! However Brussels Sprouts are the hubbys least favorite, but his most favorite food is Asian Food! I'm always looking for new ways to sneak them in! Oh, and thanks for the excuse to buy sake ;) So happy to find out their is a Phoenix blogger in the group!

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    1. I hope this converts him to at least not hate Brussels! You're so sweet about my pics (I'm super hard on myself in that department). PicMonkey helped me out! ;)

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  5. I hope you find your camera SOON!! This is a comforting and delicious meal, Gwen.

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    1. Thank you Angie! My husband 'borrowed' it. I guess I forgot it wasn't just mine ;)

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  6. This looks delicious - I love brussel sprouts and think this would be the perfect "date night" dinner for my hubby and I. Your photos are amazing - I can't believe they were taking on your IPHONE! Crazy! Hope you find your camera soon! :)

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    1. Thank you my friend!! OXOX

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  7. I love anything involving Brussels sprouts!!! delicious! love this Asian spin too!!

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  8. I love mirin AND brussel sprouts! Never thought of combining the two- thanks for the inspiration :)

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  9. Oooo! Mirin! That's a fun "spirit" to cook with! I didn't even think of that while brainstorming for this challenge. Yum to this whole dish! I need more stir fry in my life.

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  10. A fabulous combination! This dish is for me.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  11. It's a testament to the awesomeness of your recipe that it looks amazing even with iphone pictures! I agree: mirin is such a tasty addition. Best of luck with the chaos (and with finding your camera)!

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