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Valentine's Dinner Date-In Pt 2: Miso Glazed Black Cod


  • 4 black cod fillets (about 6 oz each)

  • 1/2 cup white or yellow miso paste

  • 1/4 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

  • 3 tablespoons sake (Japanese rice wine)

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • Sesame seeds and sliced green onions for garnish (optional)


1. Prepare the Marinade:

  • In a bowl, combine the miso paste, mirin, sake, sugar, and soy sauce. Whisk the ingredients together until the sugar is fully dissolved and you have a smooth marinade.

2. Marinate the Black Cod:

  • Pat the black cod fillets dry with paper towels. Place the fillets in a shallow dish or a Ziploc bag.

  • Pour the miso marinade over the fillets, ensuring that each piece is well-coated. Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours, or preferably overnight for maximum flavor absorption.

3. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

4. Remove from Marinade:

  • Take the black cod fillets out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature for about 15-20 minutes.

  • Remove the fillets from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off. Scrape off most of the marinade, leaving a thin coating on the fish.

5. Bake the Black Cod:

  • Place the marinated black cod fillets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. The top should caramelize and develop a beautiful golden-brown color.

6. Broil for a Crispy Top (Optional):

  • If you desire a slightly crispy top, you can switch to the broil setting for the last 1-2 minutes of cooking. Keep a close eye to prevent burning.

7. Garnish and Serve:

  • Remove the black cod from the oven and garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions if desired.

  • Serve the Miso Glazed Black Cod over steamed white rice or with your favorite side dishes.

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