Miso-baked black cod

Preparation time
over 2 hours

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves 4

From The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure


For the marinade

  • 4 tbsp white miso paste
  • 6 tbsp sake
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 10g/¼oz fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

For the black cod

  • 4 x 200g/7oz thick black cod fillet, skin on
  • splash vegetable oil
  • 2 limes, quartered
  • micro salad, to garnish

For the Chinese greens with sesame sauce

  • 6 tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp seasoned soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp liquid dashi seasoning
  • 2 good splashes of citrus juice, such as yuzu lemon juice
  • a dash of Japanese sansho pepper (use white pepper if you can’t get hold of this)
  • 600g/1lb 5oz choi sum (you could also use pak choi or spinach)


  1. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together and place in a non-metallic bowl.

  2. For the black cod, add the fish to the marinade, cover with cling film and place in the fridge preferably overnight or a minimum of two hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 (160C fan).

  4. Lightly oil a non-stick baking tray. Place the fish, skin-side down onto the baking tray.

  5. Spoon over two tablespoons of the marinade and then bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of fish.

  6. Preheat the grill. Remove the fish from the oven, place the remaining marinade over the fish, place under the grill and cook until golden-brown.

  7. For the Chinese greens with sesame sauce, heat a small non-stick frying pan and dry-fry the sesame seeds until just lightly golden-brown. Put into a pestle and mortar. Grind to nearly a paste, but still with some texture.

  8. Add the sugar, soy sauce, dashi, and citrus juice. Give a good grind to incorporate all the flavours. Add a couple of sprinkles of Japanese sansho pepper.

  9. Rinse the greens well, trim the base of the stems and cut the rest into bite-sized pieces.

  10. Place a steamer on top of a pan of boiling water. Steam the broccoli for 1-2 minutes, or until tender. Transfer to a suitable serving dish and spoon over the sauce.

  11. Serve the fish with the Chinese greens and with lime wedges and micro salad on the side.

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