Update: Photos updated in November 2013
Black cod, or sablefish, is known sometimes as “butterfish” as they are silky rich in omega-3 fats. This creamy white flesh pairs extremely well with sweet miso paste that is a tiny bit salty, and I’m pretty sure you will fall in love with this recipe. Black Cod with Miso is a popular Japanese dish served around the world and also offered in fine Japanese restaurants such as Nobu.
In Japan we refer to this dish’s cooking method as Saikyo Yaki. Saikyo in Japanese means “West City” and it’s actually the previous name for Kyoto. This specific cooking method is named Saikyo because the recipe utilizes Saikyo Miso (sweet white miso) which originated from the Kyoto area. The traditional Saikyo Yaki recipes include just three ingredients: Saikyo Miso, mirin, and sake.
Black cod’s buttery flesh just melt in your mouth and my young children can finish one fillet easily. I like alternating between black cod, sea bass, or salmon with this marinade and my family enjoy them equally. If you go to a Japanese supermarket, you should be able to find black cod in the fresh fish section. It’s rather pricey but still a much better deal to enjoy this recipe at home rather than ordering at a fancy restaurant.
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- 2 black cold (Gindara) fillets (you can also use salmon, sea bass, etc.)
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. sake
- Chives for garnish (optional)
- 3 Tbsp. saikyo miso (or white miso)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. mirin (if you use white miso, use 2 Tbsp. mirin instead)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. sake
- Sprinkle salt over the fillets and set aside for 30 minutes. This will help get rid of the fishy smell and remove excess moisture from the fish.
- Wet a paper towel with sake and gently pat the fillets dry. Do not wash the fish.
- Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
- Put half of mixture on the bottom of an air-tight container (with lid). Place the fillets in the container and slather the fillets with the remaining mixture. Cover the lid and keep in the fridge to marinate for 2-3 days (at least overnight; traditionally, a week!)
- Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Remove the marinade off the fillets completely with your fingers. Do not leave excess miso on the fish otherwise it'll burn easily. Place the fish skin side up on baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Bake the fish until the edges are browned and the flesh is cooked through, about 20-25 minutes. Do not flip the fish while baking.
As I promised last week, I’m giving away one (1) Amazon gift card that I won from CBS San Francisco’s Most Valuable Blogger Awards. Unfortunately I can’t thank each every one of you personally for voting Just One Cookbook, and I especially don’t know who nominated my blog initially (Big thanks!!)! So, this is my way of giving thanks to everyone since we won this award together! I hope all of you will take a moment to enter this giveaway. This giveaway opens to EVERYONE (worldwide)! Please read carefully and follow the directions below to enter this giveaway. Mandatory Entry: 1) Please leave a comment here on this post stating what kind of ingredient or recipe you like to see on Just One Cookbook. For example, you can say “chicken,” “fish,” “eggplant,” or “Shrimp Tempura,” “Teriyaki Chicken,” etc. I want to know what types of recipes readers would like me to feature. Three Bonus Entries (Optional): 2) Like Just One Cookbook on Facebook and leave a separate comment here stating “I’m now a new fan.” or “I’m already a fan.” 3) Follow Just One Cookbook on Twitter and leave a separate comment here stating “I’m now a new follower.”or “I’m already a follower.” 4) Subscribe Just One Cookbook via email and leave a separate comment here stating “I’m now a new subscriber.” or “I’m already subscribing.” If you just signed up, you will receive an email shortly and make sure to confirm subscription. So, you have a total of 4 entries. Please make sure to use your email address so that I can contact you. This giveaway will be opened till 12:00am Pacific Standard Time Saturday, October 1st, 2011. I’ll use random.org to select one (1) winner and the winner will be announced in the post for Monday, October 3rd, 2011. Good luck!