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Miso-Glazed Black Cod


Fancy chefs make this fancy fish in fancy restaurants, but it’s so easy you can make it in your own kitchen. Sweet, savory miso glaze is good on almost any fish, so if salmon or mahi-mahi are your favorites, go ahead and use them instead. The fish gets better if you can marinate it overnight, but if all you have is 30 minutes, you will still be very happy. Serve with steamed vegetables and a bowl of rice.

This recipe makes 4 servings. Prep time is 45 minutes; broiling time is 6 to 8 minutes.

You Need:

4 pieces (6 ounces each) skinless black cod fillet
1/3 cup white miso
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
1/3 cup mirin
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
Grapeseed or other high-heat oil, for the baking sheet

To Make:

1. In a bowl large enough to hold your fish, whisk together the miso, maple syrup, mirin, ginger, and sesame oil. Put the fish into the bowl and with a spoon, completely cover it with the marinade. Cover the bowl with a plate and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight–the longer the tastier.

2. Right before dinner, preheat the broiler with a rack about 6 inches from the heat. Oil a baking sheet.

3. Lightly shake off any excess marinade clinging to the fish and place the fillets in the center of the baking sheet. Broil until the glaze is dark and shiny and you feel no resistance when you poke a knife into the fish , 6 to 8 minutes. This is the easiest way to tell if fish is done: If there is some resistance and the fish does not easily flake apart when poked with a knife, just pop it back under the broiler for another minute or two.


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