The Ninja Baker's Sake & Miso Salmon, Skinny #SundaySupper

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Sunday, February 17, 2013


Skinny #SundaySupper is the title of this week’s Twitter event on February 17th at 7pm ET. (Hit the hashtag # sign and type in SundaySupper.) Instead of chats about the best uses of butter and heavy cream, the discussion will revolve around calorie-cutting dishes.

As a former model, I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Not necessarily healthy ones…Coffee, hard boiled eggs, and celery sticks. Followed by no eating if boxes of brownies had been consumed the night before. Zero-calorie boiled konyaku (a root plant), which looks like grey jelly was also a regular part of the regime.

The Ninja Baker modeling in Japan...a few moons ago. 

Shirataki noodles are more commonly used and known derivatives of konyaku in the US. Still, not very nutritious as a single dish. So, I’m contributing The Ninja Baker’s Sake & Miso Salmon to the Skinny #SundaySupper with the shirataki noodles as a meal’s costar, not the star. The calorie count is still low. On top of that, the salmon is delicious and satisfying. If fish turns your stomach, scroll down and see other slimming recipes offered by stellar #SundaySupper food bloggers.

Sake & Miso Salmon is the star of the supper.
Shirataki when flavored with a bit of soy sauce and fresh ginger is a good costar.

The Ninja Baker’s Sake & Miso Salmon


  • 2 salmon fillets (approximately 4 ounces each)
  • 4 tablespoons of sake wine
  • 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons of miso paste
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce (1 for cooking and 1 for the final drizzle)
  • Calorie-free cooking spray (Olive oil, if you want a healthier option)

1. Spray a cooking pan.
2. Place the 4 tablespoons of sake, 1 tablespoon of the miso and soy sauce into the pan. 
3. Stir the above ingredients and turn the stove flame to medium-low.
4. Add the salmon fillets.
5. Fry on each side for about 5 to 6 minutes (depending on the size of the fish.)
6. Remove and place on a paper towel, patting off any excess liquid.
7. Place the fish on a microwavable plate.
8. Slather the fillet tops with the additional ½ or 1 tablespoon miso paste. (A little goes along way so use according to taste.)
9. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Make sure the fish is covered with a paper towel.
10. Drizzle with soy sauce.

Zero-calorie Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki How-To


  • Shirataki noodles
  • Soy sauce
  • Fresh ginger

1. Drain the shirataki noodles in cold water.
2. Boil the noodles
3. Drain the hot noodles
4. Serve with soy sauce and a little grated fresh ginger
(The contrast of the sweet noodles and the tangy ginger is great.
However, you will need only a tiny bit of ginger to get the zing.)

More Skinny Recipes:

Sizzling Skinny Appetizers & Soups

 Healthy Skinny Mains & Sides

Guilt Free Skinny Desserts & Snacks

Wine Pairing Recommendations for Skinny Sunday Supper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

This former model's reflection in the mirror started smiling more
with permission to enjoy the sweet stuff of life in moderation.

Wishing you slimming and satisfying recipes…and an allowance of a treat or two in moderation =)

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

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The Ninja Baker's Sake & Miso

The Ninja Baker's Sake & Miso Salmon is super easy! And delicious. The Vintage Kitchen Arugula Almond Pear Salad and Mustard Vinaigrette might make the perfect meal =) Your kind comments are always appreciated, Paula. Many thanks.

Glad you liked the photos. (A

Glad you liked the photos. (A couple may have been taken before you were born!) The salmon and shirataki do make a happy meal. But, the crowning topper may be Girlichef's Dark Chocolate Dipped Aricots!


Well, weren't you the fashion plate?! Great photo! I love your dish! I make a similar one that I serve with very unhealthy ramen noodles. Shame on me. :) Your shirataki noodles are a much better option.

Ramen sounds fantastic, Stacy

Ramen sounds fantastic, Stacy! Thank you for the idea =) P.s. Very much admire how you always notice and appreciate the details. (On my blog and the sites of other foodies.) It is an art.

So glad my shirataki and

So glad my shirataki and salmon how-tos might be of use to you, Sue =) Looking forward to sampling your fettuccine creation featuring oh so good for coconut oil and Greek yogurt.

Shirataki (zero calorie)

Shirataki (zero calorie) noodles are sold just about everywhere in Southern California. Even Ralph's (Kruger's in the South) sells them. Love to hear what you think, Katie =)

Re: The Ginger

Re: The Ginger Well said by the lady who is the master of sugar and spice and everything nice =) Appreciate your kind comments about the salmon and shirataki, too.

Oh, boy, is this my kind of

Oh, boy, is this my kind of recipe!!! I adore salmon and love it with an Asian twist best of all. Is there a particular type of miso paste I should look for? Love your philosophy on diet...I totally agree! And I love the glimpse back to your modeling days, too.

合わせ味噌/Awase Miso is a

合わせ味噌/Awase Miso is a combination of white and red miso paste. It seems to be the top pick for cooking of my Japanese friends. Good news: a little goes a long way and it lasts a long time. Last and not least, seeing your cheery comments always brightens my day. Thank you, Liz!

I love your Salmon dish and

I love your Salmon dish and it looks all crispy and delicious!!We love Japanese food and its our favorite whenever we eat out :)This looks like a dish we would love in our family :)

Thanks, Megan.

Thanks, Megan. P.s. Appreciate the inspiration to buy a slow cooker now that I've read your post at I Run for Wine =)

I loved the pictures of your

I loved the pictures of your modeling days in Japan! :) Shirataki is really a great ingredient for skinny meal option! Most of traditional Japanese foods are low calorie and less fat. It's wonderful that you are introducing some of them. :)


ご多忙中にもかかわらずNinjaBaking.comまで伺えて頂き、感謝しております=) ご親切なコメントどうもありがとう! In the midst of your work (at JustOneCookbook), I am very grateful that you have taken time to visit =) Thank you for your kind comments!


Your low calorie miso looks delcious! I didn't know you were a model, thanks for including the pics :) I Found So Slim noodles in the healthfood section of Woolworths with only 6 calories per 200gms!! WOW! Would these be the same thing ???

Thank you for your kind words

Thank you for your kind words. I'm not familiar with So Slim noodles, Julie...Maybe it's a variation of shirataki with tofu which I've seen in markets. Pure shirataki packages always say zero calories. Appreciate, too, your fabulous Philadelphia Cadbury Chocolate giveaway at Gourmet Getaways.

Wow! That is pretty cool that

Wow! That is pretty cool that you are a former model. You are gorgeous! I've tried shirataki noodles myself and they are hit or miss with me. Some days I like them and some days I don't I tried making Chinese Black bean noodles with shirataki noodles and they were a huge disaster. But anyhow, I love the flavor combo of sake and miso salmon. Sounds delicous and i must try very soon.

Thank you, Sarah! The sake

Thank you, Sarah! The sake and miso salmon is delicious. But definitely has a different flavor profile than the fabulous whole wheat pasta dish described at Crispy Bits and Burnt Ends =)

As much as I love your salmon

As much as I love your salmon recipe and will be recreating it asap ( soon as I buy miso paste!) my favourite parts of this post are your kick ass modelling photos. You've got skills, girl, and you're gorgeous! Do you watch America's Next Top Model? You've got "smizing" down pat.

Thank you for building my

Thank you for building my vocabulary, Nancy. I had to look up smizing. ("Smiling with your yes.") I had to look it up because I am now a few moons older. So, a wrinkle or 2 or 3 may be evident. But I'm a tad bit wiser and a lot happier...especially since I get to cyber-chat with witty, smart bakers like you! P.s. My Japanese cooking friends consistently recommend "awase" miso paste which is a combo of the red and white pastes.

food recipe

Many thanks for this great recipe. We managed to get it and it felt superb: -) I have a web log through food meals average Joe if you happen to engaged. I have a blog with cake recipes myself if you are interested. You can find it at