Cooking with Umami

Umami is the scientifically proven fifth taste. It’s the flavor that makes you say mmmm…

I wrote about Umami before but at that time it was not available yet in the US. Now, I finally bought one at Dean & Deluca in Manhattan.

I made the salmon packets but this time added taste #5.

I seasoned the salmon with salt, pepper, crushed garlic, grated ginger, lemon peel, and Umami paste.

I  wrapped the salmon filets with filo dough and sealed them with olive oil.

I baked them, brushing olive oil on top until they got golden brown. I accompanied the salmon packets with a tomato chutney and served it with asparagus, french lentils, and couscous.

Umami paste does enhance the flavor slightly, just as Worcestershire sauce would. Next time I will add more Umami to the salmon packets to really taste the difference and I will continue to experiment with the taste #5. Have you tried it yet?



  1. Interesting post Lola. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I am now following your blog. I invite you to follow my cooking blog at

  2. I love salmon. That looks great!

  3. This is the first I’ve heard of it. I wonder how it’s made. Your salmon in phyllo sounds delicious!

  4. What a grand feast you cooked up!!
    The salmon bundles sound delicious:)

  5. I have never tried umami but this looks great! I don’t care for salmon but maybe this would work with chicken?

  6. This is so interesting Lola! I have never tried umami! I have to see if I can find it around here! That salmon looks divine!

  7. That looks absolutely AMAZING! I am allergic to salmon – but I love it.

    Due to my allergies – I make my own Worcestershire Sauce. You want to talk about Umami!!

    Your pictures are wonderful. I don’t know how it slipped that I wasn’t subscribed, but I’m now following you on Google follow…

  8. Hola Marialuisa, anteriormente hize un post sobre Unami el quinto sabor ahí lo explico todo, en Inglaterra lo empezaron vendiendo en Selfridges. un abrazo

  9. Hmmm, ¡qué interesante Lola!, no conocía esta pasta. Thanks for sharing

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