Salmon and Spinach Japanese Style Gratin

Salmon and Spinach Japanese Style Gratin

This is a Japanese style gratin with tofu added in the white sauce. You only need a frying pan to cook, and baked in the oven. It's really a speedy dish.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Raw salmon
2 slices
1/2 bunch (100 g)
Japanese leek
Firm tofu
150 g
Plain flour (cake flour)
2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoon
150 ml
Dashi stock granules
1/2 teaspoon
Salt and pepper
a small amount
◆Melting cheese for pizza
As needed
As needed
◆Grated hard cheese
As needed
◆Butter ( if you like)
a small amount


1. Wrap the tofu with kitchen towel and place on a heat-proof dish to microwave for 1 and a half minutes at 500 W. When it's cooled down, drain well and crush roughly with hands.
2. Blanch the spinach, wash under running water, and squeeze out the water. Cut into 3-4 cm lengths.
3. Take out the bones from the salmon, cut into rough cubes and sprinkle with salt and pepper on both sides.
4. Cut Japanese leek diagonally into thin slices.
5. Put 2, 3 and 4 into a bowl, add the flour and coat evenly.
6. Put the butter and the vegetable oil in the frying pan over a medium heat, when the butter melts add 5 and sauté, taking care so the pieces of salmon don't stick to each other.
7. When the surface of the salmon changes colour to slightly golden brown, and no longer floury, add the milk and dashi stock granules.
8. Cook while mixing all the time for about 3-5 minutes until the sauce thickens.
9. Place 8 into an oven dish, sprinkle on the ◆ ingredients and bake in the oven, toaster oven, or grill until golden brown.
10. Serve while it's piping hot. -It's tasty with sliced, pre-boiled potatoes instead of spinach

Story Behind this Recipe

I intended to make a gratin with salmon and spinach, but with a lighter taste rather than the usual rich one. I came up with the idea of adding tofu in the white sauce to make it into a Japanese style. I also wanted to cut down on time, so tried using just one frying pan for the ease of cleaning at the end.