Shake no shio-koji yaki

Grilled salmon with shio-koji (salt fermented rice malt)

image1There are many ways to use shio-koji. What is shio-koji? It is salt fermented rice malt and you can use it as a substitute of salt or you can use it as an ingredient in sauces. In this recipe, I used shio-koji as a sauce to marinate salmon. With shio-koji you get the same salty flavor with less than 50% of the salt content. Shio-koji is a live food that is rich in enzymes and brings out the umami, the “pleasant savory taste”, in food.

By Naoko Ogura-Gayler


To serve 2

  • 2 fillets of salmon
  • 2 tablespoons shi-koji
  • 1 tbs ground daikon radish (optional)
  • 1 tbs vegetable or sesame oil
  • 1 plastic bag



  1. Place salmon in the plastic bag with shio-koji.
  2. Marinate the salmon at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and cook the marinated salmon on middle heat. If the salmon fillet is quite big, you can put a lid on the pan until it’s cooked.


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05:20 30 May , 2024