Black Cod with Miso

A signature at Nobu restaurants, this sweet-savory fish dish has been cloned by chefs all over the world. Nobu marinates the black cod in a good deal of the sake-miso marinade for two to three days, but the fish is also spectacular if you marinate it only overnight in just enough sake and miso to coat.

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  • Servings: 6


  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 3 tablespoons sake
  • 1/2 cup white miso paste
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Six 6- to 7-ounce skinless black cod fillets, about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Vegetable oil, for grilling
  • Pickled ginger, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the mirin and sake to a boil. Whisk in the miso until dissolved. Add the sugar and cook over moderate heat, whisking, just until dissolved. Transfer the marinade to a large baking dish and let cool. Add the fish and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400°. Heat a grill pan and oil it. Scrape the marinade off the fish. Add the fish and cook over high heat until browned, about 2 minutes. Flip the fish onto a heavy rimmed baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes, until flaky. Transfer to plates and serve with pickled ginger.

Make Ahead

The marinade can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Suggested Pairing

Spicy, full-bodied Gewürztraminer.

Contributed By Photo © Chris Court Published July 2008

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