Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Diary of a Secret Housewife: Miso Cod, Nobu-style

I've never been to Nobu.  

But it has often come to me.

In the form of this miso cod recipe, which is nothing sort of awesome.  And what's even more fantastic is that the delicious miso glaze can be used in so many ways beyond the cod recipe: use it as a glaze on grilled eggplant or as a dip for crudites, spread it on toast, or swirl it into risotto.

It's sweet, umami, smoky . . . pure deliciousness.


  • For Nobu-style Saikyo Miso
    • 3/4 cup saké
    • 3/4 cup (150 ml) mirin
    • 2 cups (450 g) white miso paste
    • 1 1/4 cups (225 g) granulated sugar
  • For cod
    • 4 black cod fillets, about 1/2 pound (230 g) each
    • 3 cups (800 g) Nobu-style Saikyo Miso
    • 1 stalk hajikami per serving


Make Nobu-style Saikyo Miso:

  1. Bring the saké and the mirin to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Boil for 20 seconds to evaporate the alcohol.
  2. Turn the heat down to low and add the miso paste, mixing with a wooden spoon. When the miso has dissolved completely, turn the heat up to high again and add the sugar, stirring constantly with the wooden spoon to ensure that the bottom of the pan doesn’t burn. Remove from heat once the sugar is fully dissolved. Cool to room temperature.

3 cups (800 g)

Make cod:

  1. Pat fillets thoroughly dry with paper towels. Slather the fish with Nobu-style Saikyo Miso and place in a non-reactive dish or bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Leave to steep in refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C, gas 6). Preheat a grill or broiler. Lightly wipe off any excess miso clinging to the fillets but don't rinse it off. Place the fish on the grill, or in a broiler pan, and grill or broil until the surface of the fish turns brown. Then bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Arrange the black cod fillets on individual plates and garnish with hajikami. Add a few extra drops of Nobu-style Saikyo Miso to each plate.


lavenderpug October 26, 2010 at 9:25 AM  

i totally want to make this. it's 9.30am and i'm kind of salivating thinking about the miso.

Cathleya October 26, 2010 at 4:37 PM  

Miso cod is one of my all-time favorite dishes, and I love getting it when we go to a robata restaurant! I used to waitress in college at a Japanese restaurant that had an excellent one; when I asked for the recipe it seemed a mile long and I got over it. I'm so excited to try yours! Black cod is my favorite fish...ever!

Mrs. Hot Cocoa October 26, 2010 at 9:38 PM  

It's seriously an awesome recipe. And so easy!! I forgot to mention that if there's no black cod, it's better to use a firm fish like chilean sea bass than to use regular cod. The thicker, firmer fish filets have gorgeous consistency with the marinade.

sashacleo May 6, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

that looks yummy! I'll have to try that this weekend.

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