Salmon Sashimi with Blue Cheese and White Miso Puree

Birthday Sashimi Bar

Birthday Sashimi Bar

The birthday season has officially been kicked off at our house. My hubby opened it with his yesterday and I will close it with mine in January.

In our family, birthday parties are loud, with lots of friends, wine and food. But this year, the birthday boy was feeling melancholic and asked for a more private celebration.  No loud toasts, no ear-splitting music, no days of prep work… Just a simple meal with his clan.

I did not have to think twice about the menu! Knowing how much hubby likes Japanese food, I decided to surprise him with a home-made raw sashimi bar consisting of a few sashimi creations from The Complete Book of Sushi and various kid-friendly vegetable rolls and condiments.

I made his day :)

Happy Birthday, honey! May this year bring you a lot more sashimi and pickled ginger.

The sashimi bar is coming together

The sashimi bar is coming together

A few of the Japanese delicacies

A few of the Japanese delicacies

Sushi for the kids

Sushi for the kids

Sashimi for adults

Sashimi for adults



Tuna sashimi

Tuna sashimi

More tuna sashimi

More tuna sashimi

Salmon Sashimi with Blue Cheese and White Miso Puree

Adapted from The Complete Book of Sushi


For Sashimi

For Sauce


  1. Place fillet on board. Starting from the left of the fillet, gently chop into bite-size pieces.
  2. In a small bow, whisk together blue cheese, sour cream and white miso. I used my ever mighty Magic Bullet blender for that.  Add mirin and light soy sauce. If you don’t have mirin on hand, mix sake and sugar (2 to 1 ratio).
  3. Softly mix the fish with the sauce.
  4. Arrange on a plate and sprinkle with pepper and sesame seeds.

Wine pairing

Subtly fruity and beautifully balanced, ONEHOPE California Brut Sparkling is sushi’s BFF and an ideal accompaniment to the bold blue cheese sashimi.

Sake, kids playing with sushi and salmon sashimi

Sake, kids playing with sushi and salmon sashimi

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  • ilona October 12, 2010, 7:36 PM

    Faina, this looks and souds incretible, but i guess noone is suprized at this point :) Can you give more details on where you buy the fish and how you go about making sure it is safe to eat?

  • Faina October 12, 2010, 7:50 PM

    Thank you, Ilona, for all the compliments. If you want to learn more about safety and technique, get a The Complete Book of Sushi that I listed above. It goes into fine details and is a very easy read. I highly recommend it.

    I bought sushi-grade fish at a local Japanese market. I’ve also purchased sushi-grade salmon a few times at Whole Foods when making salmon carpaccio.

  • Dafna Adler October 12, 2010, 8:09 PM


    You are truly the culinary master! I am in awe– teach me your ways!! LOL

    What a lovely birthday dinner for Gena! I’m sure he absolutely loved every bite. :)

    Let’s get together one night SOON and play in the kitchen…

  • Faina October 12, 2010, 8:11 PM

    I am game, Dafna!

  • Karen October 12, 2010, 8:21 PM

    Wow I never would have thought to put blue cheese with miso in a sushi application, but it sounds good– thanks for sharing a new and inventive recipe!

  • Faina October 12, 2010, 9:43 PM

    Karen, it is a wild combination that really works!

  • Suzi October 12, 2010, 10:56 PM

    What an amazing combination of flavors. Thanks for the post!

  • Thu October 14, 2010, 1:34 AM

    Wow, thanks for pointing me to this recipe!! I’ve never thought of having salmon sashimi with blue cheese! Your pictures look delicious. I will have to try this soon.

  • brian_in_gib October 14, 2010, 10:51 AM

    That fish looks wonderfully fresh! I would never having thought of combining salmon and blue cheese, but you’ve caught my eye with this recipe and I may have to give it a go.
    Thanks too for stopping by my site.
    Greetings from Gibraltar

  • thang @ noodlies October 14, 2010, 11:12 AM

    these pics don’t look bad at all!

  • Jamison October 14, 2010, 1:36 PM

    This isn’t sashimi, this is tartare. Nice shots, though.

  • sell this domain at sedo October 14, 2010, 3:04 PM

    This is my first time visiting your site. I do envy you since you seem to get a lot more comments then I do. Do you have any secret tips on how I can get more comments or do I just have to be paitent? Anyway, keep up the good work.

  • Gourmande October 14, 2010, 6:08 PM

    Wow, that was a gorgeous dinner. Your hubby is a lucky man.

  • pigpigscorner October 15, 2010, 10:16 AM

    Blue cheese and miso? Very interesting combo. I have to keep this in mind. Gorgeous presentation.

  • Anna @ Morsels & Musings October 15, 2010, 1:54 PM

    beautiful, what an amazing dinner.

  • hannah October 15, 2010, 3:53 PM

    I love Asian things! Your layout of your meal is so beautiful!


  • livelybrowsers October 20, 2010, 3:34 AM

    Thanks for good stuff

  • Veg January 17, 2014, 12:20 PM

    You do realize that fish is not vegetarian, right? Just curious because I searched vegetarian recipes and this came up.

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