Winter Warmer Tofu And Salmon Gratin

Winter Warmer Tofu And Salmon Gratin

  • Serves 2
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Give a Japanese twist to a hearty, filling favourite with this tofu and salmon gratin recipe. Adding Japanese ingredients such as tofu, dashi soup stock and miso paste provides more nutritional benefits and gives a heartier flavour to your standard gratin. Serve up this delicious dinner to your friends and family, and it is sure to become a regular on your menu.


• 150g firm tofu
• 100g fresh spinach
• 300g salmon fillet
• 1/2 leek
• 2 tbsp flour
• 1 tbsp butter
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• 1/2 tsp miso paste
• 150ml milk
• 1/2 tsp bonito stock granules
• a pinch of salt & pepper
• 100g mature cheddar
• 25g panko breadcrumbs
• 1 tbsp parmesan (optional)

How To Prepare

  1. Begin by wrapping the block of tofu in kitchen paper. Once done, heat in the microwave for about 1 and a half minutes in order to remove any excess water. Let it cool down and transfer the tofu to a new bowl, before mashing by hand or with a fork.

  2. Now boil your spinach for a few minutes and rinse with cold water, before cutting into pieces about 3 – 4cm long.

  3. Remove any bones from your salmon and cut it into chunks before seasoning with a bit of salt and pepper. Next, thinly slice your leek diagonally.

  4. Combine the salmon, spinach and leek in a bowl, and add the flour before mixing, so that everything gets evenly covered. Before proceeding to the next step, preheat your oven to 190°C.

  5. Grab your frying pan, add the butter and vegetable oil and choose a medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the vegetable mixture and stir regularly, mixing with a wooden spoon.

  6. Once the salmon is cooked, add the mashed tofu, milk and bonito stock granules and miso to the pan. Once the liquid has thickened, let the mix simmer for 3 to 5 minutes whilst stirring constantly.

  7. Add the mix to a medium rectangular dish, or two small oven dishes and cover with cheese and panko breadcrumbs. Add the parmesan and a few extra knobs of butter if you wish and bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

Tips and Information

• In Japanese and Asian cuisine in general it’s common to diagonally or bias cut some vegetables. The reason behind this is not only a question of looks; cutting vegetables’ fibres diagonally makes them become more tender while cooking.
• You can add any vegetable you like to this recipe, including satoimo or even some slices of Japanese pumpkin.