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Miso Cod

Posted by: ari | well seasoned

Miso cod is an elegant dish that is deeply flavored with miso paste, sake, soy, ginger, honey, and sesame. Serve with fluffy rice, earthy shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and blistered scallions. Quick enough for a weeknight, but special enough to entertain with!

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Posted by: ari | well seasoned
Miso cod in a skillet with vegetables and sesame seeds
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Miso Cod

Miso cod is an elegant dish that is deeply flavored with miso paste, sake, soy, ginger, honey, and sesame. Serve with fluffy rice, earthy shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and blistered scallions. Quick enough for a weeknight, but special enough to entertain with!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Marinating Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 37 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: miso paste, pan seared
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 224kcal
Author: ari | well seasoned

Ingredients

For the miso marinade

  • 1 ½ lb cod fillet see note below
  • ¼ cup miso paste
  • 2 Tbsp sake
  • 2 Tbsp mirin
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce reduced sodium
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the remaining ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups carrots thinly sliced into ¼" pieces (about 4-5 carrots)
  • 4 oz baby shiitake mushrooms stems removed, left whole
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 large scallions divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

For serving, optional

  • White rice
  • Oven roasted or steamed broccoli

Instructions

Make the miso marinade

  • Season cod fillets on all sides with kosher salt and black pepper. Place in a large tupperware or Ziploc bag.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining marinade ingredients. Whisk to combine, then pour over fish. Seal container, shake, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
    Miso ginger marinade in a bowl with a whisk

To cook

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. If needed, cut cod fillets so they fit easily in the skillet, reserving marinating liquid. Heat canola or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add carrots and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until beginning to soften.
  • Add mushrooms and butter, then cook an additional 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Trim the ends off 2 scallions, then cut into 2" pieces. Add to the skillet and sauté until blistered, another 3-4 minutes. Season with ¼ tsp kosher salt, stir, then transfer to a bowl.
    Sautéing vegetables in a skillet
  • Carefully add cod fillets to the warm, preheated pan. Cook for 2 minutes, then gently use a fish spatula to flip the fish over, being careful not to break it. Return cooked vegetables to the pan, then pour reserved miso marinade on top. Cook for 8 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 140-145 F is reached.
    Cooking cod fillets in a skillet
  • Thinly slice remaining scallion (discard the root), then sprinkle on miso cod along with a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds for garnish. Serve immediately.
    Miso cod in a skillet with scallions

Notes

  • Nutrition facts do not include white rice or roasted broccoli.
  • If you do not have ginger paste, replace with 2 tsp freshly grated or minced ginger.
  • Cod can marinate for up to 24 hours before cooking.
  • This recipe uses Atlantic cod fillets, which are less expensive than Black Cod. The same method can be used for cooking Black Cod (has a more luxurious and buttery texture -- highly recommend for a special occasion if you can find it!). 
  • If you do not have low sodium soy sauce, do not season the fish with kosher salt before marinating.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1121mg | Potassium: 727mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7367IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
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