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This is a classic Japanese recipe for black cod that makes an easy, elegant dinner for guests or a quick main dish you can prep over the weekend.

Servings      : 4


·         1/4 cup sake
·         1/4 cup mirin
·         4 tablespoons white miso paste
·         3 tablespoons sugar
·         4 black cod fillets, about 1/2 pound each


1.   Two to 3 days beforehand, make the miso marinade and marinate the fish. Bring the sake and mirin to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Boil for 20 seconds to evaporate the alcohol. Turn the heat down to low, add the miso paste, and whisk. When the miso has dissolved completely, turn the heat up to high again and add the sugar, whisking constantly to ensure that the sugar doesn't burn on the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat once the sugar is fully dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
2.   Pat the black cod fillets thoroughly dry with paper towels. Slather the fish with the miso marinade and place in a non-reactive dish or bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Leave to marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
3.  To cook the fish: Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat an oven-proof skillet over high heat on the stovetop. Lightly wipe off any excess miso clinging to the fillets, but don't rinse it off. Film the pan with a little oil, then place the fish skin-side-up on the pan and cook until the bottom of the fish browns and blackens in spots, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the oven and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until fish is opaque and flakes easily.

·   Instead of cooking the fish on the stovetop, you can do this step on an outdoor grill or under the broiler in your oven.


high-protein                                        low-fat
pescatarian                                         dairy-free
gluten-free                                          wheat-free
egg-free                                              peanut-free
tree-nut-free                                       shellfish-free
pork-free                                            red-meat-free
alcohol-free                                         no-oil-added

Per serving, based on 4 servings. (% daily value)

Calories 295                                         Fat 2.5 g (3.9%)
Saturated 0.5 g (2.5%)                         Carbs 15.4 g (5.1%)
Fiber 0.9 g (3.7%)                                Sugars 10.5 g
Protein 42.5 g (85.1%)                         Sodium 756.9 mg (31.5%)

Recipe from Nobu: The Cookbook

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