Miso Marinated Fish is an easy, elegant entree that is perfect for every occasion. It’s a great weeknight meal for you family but feels fancy enough to serve at a dinner party for friends.

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When I was living in NYC modeling, I used to splurge with my girlfriends once in a while and dine at Nobu. Nobu is a Japanese restaurant co-owned by Robert DeNiro which features the cuisine of world-famous chef, Nobu Matsuhisa. Every dish at the restaurant is fantastic, but the miso cod is by far the crown jewel on the menu! 

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It has been copied by many restaurants, but I have yet to taste one that comes close to matching the flavor and snap of the original. I was reading Saveur magazine one time and they rated the top 10 restaurant dishes ever and this dish was one of them. Yes, it is a unique recipe but you can make it at home for a fraction of the restaurant price. And with only 4 ingredients, what’s not to love?

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Over the years I’ve tested tens of different variations on the recipe — marinating the cod for an hour up to 3 days, cooking the marinade ingredients over heat or just whisking them raw in a bowl. The original recipe uses tons of sugar which I didn’t think was the healthiest idea, so I substitute agave with fantastic results.

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You can also use different varieties of fish or even try scallops, but black cod is always my first choice. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids and has a mild flavor which is perfect for kids. I served this to my family and friends recently over some Brown Rice and a heap of greens and it was like heaven in every bite! You could also roll pieces of fish in leaves of Bibb lettuce and eat it like a sandwich.

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A fancy meal at a nice restaurant is always a treat, but there’s no reason why you can’t have the world’s best dishes at home. Try this one out and let me know what you think!

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Miso Marinated Fish

Miso Marinated Fish is an easy, elegant entree that is perfect for every occasion. It's a great weeknight meal for you family but feels fancy enough to serve at a dinner party for friends.
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Servings: 4
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 cup yellow or white miso
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1 1/2 pounds (4 filets) black cod or salmon (you need to use an oily fish)

Instructions 

  • Place the miso, agave and mirin in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Pour over the fish, cover, refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes (can be marinated up to 3 days).
  • Preheat oven broiler to high.
  • Remove from marinade and place skin side down on a foil lined cookie sheet.
  • Broil fish 6 inches from the heat source for 8-10 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  • * Agave can be replaced with 3 tbsp sugar. 

Nutrition

Sodium: 1360mg | Sugar: 10g | Fiber: 2g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Calories: 380kcal | Fat: 13g | Protein: 38g | Carbohydrates: 19g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

Comments

  1. What size should pieces of fish approximately be or is it just dividing the 1.5 lbs of fish into 4 pieces? That would help me a lot.

  2. Thank you for your response! I could not find black cod so I used sea bass and it turned out great. Excellent recipe!

  3. Once the fish is done marinating, can we boil the marinade to use as a sauce like in the 1,2,3 Scallops recipe?
    Thanks and can’t wait to taste this recipe with regular cod. I don’t think I can find black cod in Europe so I might try salmon next time depending on the outcome.

  4. Made this last night with a big slab of Alaskan halibut. Let it marinade for a couple of hours. I subbed part of the mirin with sake as I had some on hand and saw that in another recipe. This was excellent. Will definitely be on repeat. I want to try on scallops as mentioned.

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