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Miso-Marinated Sablefish

Gentl & Hyers

Servings: 6

Sablefish, which is also known as black cod or butterfish, is a sustainably caught fish that comes mostly from Alaska, though it is also abundant in parts of the Pacific Northwest. Marinating it in miso, the umami-rich paste made with soybeans, rice, and/or barley, is a traditional preparation, but the marinade is also wonderful slathered on other kinds of fish, chicken, and pork. Serve the sablefish with sweet pickled sushi ginger, toasted sesame seeds, and daikon sprouts.

This recipe is excerpted from The Chefs Collaborative Cookbook.


  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup sake wine
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. white shiro miso
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 sablefish fillets, skin on, 6 to 7 oz. each
  • 3 Tbs. canola or grapeseed oil
  • Pickled sushi ginger, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, toasted, for garnish
  • Daikon sprouts, for garnish


  • Combine the mirin and sake in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk in the miso until smooth, then add the sugar and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved. Transfer the marinade to a bowl and cool.
  • Pat the cod fillets thoroughly with paper towels and generously coat with marinade on both sides. Place in a nonreactive bowl or dish with any remaining marinade, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Heat the oven to 400°F. Warm the oil over medium-high heat in an ovenproof sauté pan large enough to hold the fish in one layer. When the oil is hot, scrape the excess marinade off the fish and cook the fish until lightly browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn the fish and place the pan in the oven until the fish is cooked through and flaky, about 8 minutes. Serve on warm plates topped with the garnishes.


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  • fortkcook | 05/24/2019

    Black cod is so delicious, and also forgiving because the agreeably oily flesh is nearly impossible to overcook. I only wish it were easier to find. This classic treatment is the best.

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