Mirin sauce

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Mirin, a sweet rice wine essential to Japanese cuisine, serves as a foundation for a variety of sauces and marinades. Its history dates back to the Edo period in Japan, where it was initially consumed as a sweet sake. Over time, mirin found its primary role in cooking, lending dishes a characteristic sweetness and depth of flavor while also helping to mask the odor of fish and seafood. Mirin sauce, or mirin-flavored marinade, combines mirin with soy sauce, sake, and other ingredients to create a versatile and flavorful base that enhances the taste of grilled meats, fish, and vegetables. This marinade caramelizes beautifully when cooked, offering a glossy finish and rich umami flavor to dishes.

Serves: +10
  • Mirin 60 ml
  • Soy sauce 60 ml
  • Sake 30 ml
  • Sugar 15 g
  • Garlic 1 clove
  • Ginger 10 g
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  • In a bowl, mix the mirin, soy sauce, and sake. These three ingredients form the base of your marinade, each contributing to the depth and complexity of the flavor.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and grated ginger. If you’re using sugar to enhance the sweetness, add it at this stage as well. Mix until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Place your choice of meat, fish, or vegetables in a shallow dish or a sealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the ingredients, ensuring they are well-coated. For the best flavor, marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the recipe.
  • After marinating, cook your ingredients as desired. The sauce is particularly suited for grilling or broiling, as the sugars in the mirin caramelize under high heat, creating a delightful glaze.

Storage Tips

The mirin marinade sauce can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Always marinate food in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth.

Useful Properties of the Main Ingredient

Mirin is not only a flavorful addition to dishes but also contains amino acids that can contribute to a balanced umami taste. While mirin itself does not have significant nutritional benefits, its role in enhancing the flavor of food helps make dishes more enjoyable and satisfying.

Interesting Facts

  • Culinary Staple: Mirin is considered one of the seven essential Japanese seasonings, used in a wide range of Japanese dishes.
  • Historical Beverage: Originally, mirin was drunk as a sweet liquor. It’s only in more recent culinary history that its use has shifted predominantly to cooking.
  • Flavor Enhancer: Mirin plays a crucial role in Japanese cooking, not only adding sweetness but also contributing to the luster of dishes and reducing the smell of fish and meat.

This mirin sauce recipe offers a simple yet exquisite way to marinate and enhance the flavor of various dishes, embodying the essence of Japanese culinary tradition through its balanced, deep flavor profile.

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