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Jul 31 2009

Atlantic Cod with Miso – Inspired by Nobu

Published by at 4:07 pm under Cooking at Home

For those who have ever been to Nobu Restaurant, you might’ve seen the Black Cod with Miso on the menu. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is famous for this recipe, which has been cloned by restaurants all over the country. We got the opportunity to have this classic dish, minus the hefty restaurant bill, by preparing it ourselves with a few sweet additions, as well as using Atlantic Cod instead of Black Cod. My good friend Jennifer is an avid reader of our blog and had requested for some more easy fish recipes. We hope that you will give this recipe a try, because it’s definitely worth the time and effort!

There are essentially only 4 ingredients that you will need to marinate the fish. Combine 1/4 cup sake, 1/4 cup mirin, 4 tbsp of miso paste, and 3 tbsp of sugar.

There are essentially only 4 ingredients that you will need to marinate the fish. Combine 1/4 cup sake, 1/4 cup mirin, 4 tbsp of miso paste, and 3 tbsp of sugar.

Take 4 pieces of cod and put it into a ziploc bag with the miso marinade. Leave it in the fridge overnight (we actually had it in the fridge for 3 days before cooking it which is what Chef Nobu recommends).

Take 4 pieces of cod and put it into a ziploc bag with the miso marinade. Leave it in the fridge overnight (we actually had it in the fridge for 2 days before cooking it which is what Chef Nobu recommends).

When it's ready to be cooked, sear both sides of the cod on a skillet, until it gets a little blackened.

When it's ready to be cooked, sear both sides of the cod on a skillet until you see the highlights of sugar caramelization.

The fish goes into a 400-degree oven for about 7-10 minutes.

The fish goes into a 400-degree oven for about 7-10 minutes.

We wanted to add a side of vegetables with our fish, so we made honey-ginger carrots. Julienne the carrots and blanch them in boiling water for about 5-7 minutes until soft.

We wanted to add a side of vegetables with our fish, so we made honey-ginger carrots. Julienne the carrots and blanch them in boiling water for about 5-7 minutes until soft.

Melt 2 tbsp of butter together with 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp minced ginger. Then add the carrots and mix together.

Melt 2 tbsp of butter together with 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp minced ginger. Then add the carrots and mix together.

Black Box Wines was generous enough to send us this New Zealand Sauvigon Blanc wine in a box. Their motto is to deliver great taste at half the price of bottled wines. The package is portable, resealable, and recyclable! This white wine paired beautifully with our miso cod dish!

Black Box Wines was generous enough to send us this New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wine in a box. Their motto is to deliver great taste at half the price of bottled wines. The package is portable, resealable, and recyclable! This white wine paired beautifully with our miso cod dish!

Place the cod on a bed of honey-ginger carrots and drizzle with some of the marinade (heat the marinade on a skillet first). You will be amazed at how delicate and refreshing the flavors are. This is surely one of my favorite fish recipes!

Place the cod on a bed of honey-ginger carrots and drizzle with some of the marinade (heat the marinade in the skillet first since it touched raw fish). You will be amazed at how delicate and refreshing the flavors are. This is surely one of my favorite fish recipes!

To view or print-out this recipe, click here: Atlantic Cod with Miso

18 responses so far

18 Responses to “Atlantic Cod with Miso – Inspired by Nobu”

  1. The Duo Disheson 31 Jul 2009 at 5:09 pm

    We’re pulling the Black Box out this weekend! :) As for black cod, oh yes, that is good stuff. And your version of the miso marinated fish is great. There’s a good one at the Mondrian hotel too in LA. :)

  2. anncooon 01 Aug 2009 at 5:46 am

    Oh I tried this before. Sometime I even just pan fry the cod till cooked and drizzle some kikkomann soy sauce on it.

  3. thefoodaddictson 01 Aug 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for the tip, anncoo!

  4. pigpigscorneron 02 Aug 2009 at 1:45 am

    The cod looks amazing!

  5. Jackie at PhamFatale.comon 02 Aug 2009 at 2:41 am

    Your fish is caramelized to perfection. I love using miso as a seasoning instead of plain salt. I’m no miso expert. The miso I buy is way darker than the one pictured. Is there a fundamental difference? maybe saltier??

  6. AnnaHopnon 02 Aug 2009 at 4:31 am

    Super post, Need to mark it on Digg
    AnnaHopn

  7. Bizon 02 Aug 2009 at 9:05 am

    I love Black Box wines! I haven’t tried that one though.

    Your dinner looks delicious!

  8. thefoodaddictson 02 Aug 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Hi Jackie! Thanks for the comment. We are not miso experts either, but the miso we used is the white miso which is the more popular miso used in many of the Japanese dishes. You possibly may have bought the red miso, which is darker and tends to be saltier. Try the white miso next time and see if you prefer the taste of that better. If it’s not salty enough, you can just season it. Hope this helps!!

  9. noobcookon 02 Aug 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I love love love cod fish! It looks so nicely seared! :) ~

  10. Jenniferon 03 Aug 2009 at 8:30 am

    Thanks, Kirssy! This looks really wonderful and easy to do! I’ll definitely give it a try.

  11. Sam@BingeNYCon 03 Aug 2009 at 9:20 am

    Oh my – looks absolutely fantastic. I love love love miso!

  12. Chef Eon 03 Aug 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Nobu was one of the first pinky up I visited in NYC when hubby and I began a relationship, and I can see how you were inspired to make this wonderful recipe! Cod is on my list of ‘to make’…

  13. Stevenon 03 Nov 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Big question… boil the sake, mirin, sugar, and miso for the marinade or just mix all together uncooked for the marinade? I’ve seen both suggested.

  14. Roberton 28 Dec 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I have made the Nobu recipe with black cod (actually sablefish) and it is oh so good. I think his guidelines are to marinate for 3 days. I actually pulled out a piece and cooked after one day, results not so good. After three days though it was outstanding.

  15. Makusuon 09 May 2010 at 11:46 am

    your miso is not white miso
    Nobu did not make this dish famous, its a very common way of preparing fish in japan.

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  17. Kittyon 26 Apr 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Black Box wines? Please. Bloggers who accept freebies (especially crappy ones) and then promote them are sell-outs. I’m not usually one to go the negative route, but it bugs me! And it gives people who blog from an unbiased standpoint a bad name.

  18. Chef Tedon 26 Jul 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I’m glad to have found this recipe- was just amazing and compared very favorably to the Nobu Black Cod dish (have that as much as I can when at Silk Road, the Nobu restaurant on the Crystal Serenity cruise ship).

    I followed the advice of two days worth of
    marinating time, and I kept all the marinade as a sauce (cooked it for a short while).

    I wonder if this would work as well with other kinds of fish.

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