Miso Marinated Fish

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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 and 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! 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 last night 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.

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.

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 and let everyone roll pieces of fish in leaves of Bibb lettuce and eat it like a sandwich. The cool, crisp taste of the lettuce combined with the warm piece of miso cod was like heaven in every bite! There's no reason why you can't have the world's best dishes at home.

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Miso Marinated Fish (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

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)

Preparation

1. Place the miso, agave and mirin in a bowl and whisk to combine.
2. Pour over the fish, cover, refrigerate and marinate for 30 minutes (can be marinated up to 24 hours).
3. Preheat oven broiler to high.
4. Remove from marinade and place on a foil lined cookie sheet.
5. Broil fish 6 inches from the heat source for 8-10 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
6. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. 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. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Lisa

    I made this tonight and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

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  • Julia

    Can this miso-marinated fish be grilled? Will it get similar results?

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  • Jane

    Divine!

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  • Shara

    This was a total hit in my house tonight! It's been a few years since I've had the divine experience of eating Nobu's...your version was the closest I've had to that and in my own kitchen! Thank you!

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  • Lisa

    What do you do with the skin on the fish when you serve this? Do you just leave it on?

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  • Cindy

    Is there a good substitute for agave?

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    • Catherine

      You can use honey to replace agave at a 1:1 ratio in any recipe!

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  • Simone

    Can you use Hacho Miso paste?

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    • Catherine

      You can! It will be a different flavor as hacho miso paste is heavier than others.

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  • Cbm

    Would pacific cod work? Or do you need black cod? Thanks!

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  • le4sucre

    This was absolutely delicious and healthy too! My family loved it! Thank you so much for posting this!

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  • Julecaruso

    Would halibut work? I wasn't sure if it would be oily enough. Thanks : )

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    • Catherine

      I think that would be okay!

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  • Kim

    Will brown rice miso work?

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  • Christina

    How can I maximize the fish I buy for my toddler? I usually get a nice fresh piece of wild salmon at Whole Foods (around $12-$13 a pound). When I get home, I immediately slice up portions, wrap them tightly in plastic, then freeze right away. Then I defrost 1 chunk in the morning on the day I'm planning to cook it. However, I realize that this is not the best or freshest way. I know I *should* be buying fresh fish and eating it on the day it is purchased. But for me.. it's a 1-hour round trip drive to Whole Foods. I would like my toddler to eat fish at least once a week, but it's not always possible to make a mid-week trip just for fish. I usually do my grocery shopping for the entire household on Saturday, which is when I would usually get the salmon and do the freeze method. I feel like I'm making this more difficult than it should - maybe the freezing method is the way to go? - but I'd love to hear other people's suggestions on how to serve the freshest fish for your toddler.

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  • Kate

    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.

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    • Catherine McCord

      I usually get 4 filets… about 1/3 pound each!

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  • Kate

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

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  • Alexandra

    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.

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    • McCord

      Yes, you can boil the sauce!

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