Miso-Glazed Cod

Miso-Glazed Cod // The Pancake Princess

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I kind of almost didn’t want to even post these photos because it doesn’t do the flavor of this incredible (incredible incredible!) fish justice.IMG_8657Miso-Glazed Cod // The Pancake Princess
The recipe comes from Stephanie’s gorgeous new cookbook, Easy Gourmet. It wholly boggles my mind to consider the oceans of talent this girl possesses–not only did she write, style and shoot every recipe in the book, she also designed the entire thing, right down to the inside of the cover and the unique typography sprinkled throughout the book.

So many people love her award-winning blog not just because she posts incredibly delicious, photogenic recipes, but also because she has such a simple, inspirational approach to cooking–tiny tweaks and tons of creative concepts fuel her recipe archives. Easy Gourmet is just the perfect lovechild of these two talents, tapping into Stephanie’s sweet spot—unbelievably delicious home cooking that turns out restaurant-worthy food, each one blessed with her signature blend of Asian- and comfort-inspired twists.IMG_8690Miso-Glazed Cod // The Pancake Princess

Miso-Glazed Cod // The Pancake PrincessSince finding her blog, I’ve fallen hard for her vivid story-telling that sounds like your best friend reminiscing with you over brunch. The cookbook is packed with many of these perfect little snapshots–from midnight snacking with Mike to cooking one of her first soups into a charred mess.

I’d also like to say that when I found out Steph had an entire previous blog devoted to momofuku—well, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit.

Miso-Glazed Cod // The Pancake PrincessWhile I don’t eat fish too often, I jumped at the chance to try Stephanie’s miso-glazed cod after having an incredible rendition of miso-glazed fish at a friend’s house. The meltingly tender and flaky fish, completely saturated with a sweet umami punch and caramelized around the edges was simply far superior than any fish I’d had in a restaurant. Turns out, Stephanie’s take was a dead-on replica!

Miso-Glazed Cod // The Pancake Princess

Miso-Glazed Cod // The Pancake Princess

Melissa said it best: I was pinch-myself excited to get a sneak peek of the book and now that it’s officially out, I urge you to skip straight to the cod. Shall I continue to describe it for you? It is as close to buttery-moist as you can get without being like, “there’s actual butter in my mouth.” The miso-sugar-umami marinade smells so irresistible that you’ll be tempted to preserve every bit by not blotting it off as completely as Stephanie directs you to (ahem, not like I did that), but this is actually a crucial step so that the marinade can caramelize evenly all over without burning excess globs of marinade.

Stephanie recommends serving this aside a delicately flavored sesame soy quinoa (which is fabulous, and the recipe is below). However, I served this particular fillet with her crispy, salty, addictive  roasted brussels sprouts. Both are amazing.

All of this to say, follow Steph’s recipes and instructions and you’ll be rewarded with gourmet home-cooking paradise. This dish has earned a permanent spot on my cook-to-impress list, and I can’t wait to cook my way through the rest.

Congratulations on a fabulous book and an all-around stellar accomplishment, Stephanie! <3


You’re in luck! You can earn your very own copy of Easy Gourmet, courtesy of Page Publishing.

As always, you have multiple options to enter the giveaway:

  • In honor of Easy Gourmet, leave a comment telling me about your favorite Asian or comfort food dish!
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This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. Submissions will close on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 11:59 CST. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. Good luck!

Congratulations to Maren, the winner of this giveaway!

Miso-Glazed Cod

Prep Time: 24 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Extremely flavorful, deeply-marinated cod with caramelized, sweet and salty edges.


  • For the cod:
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) sake
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) mirin
  • 2 tbsp (14 g) white miso paste
  • 1 tbsp (15 g) sugar
  • 2 (1/2 lb [225 g]) black cod fillets or chilean sea bass

  • For the sesame soy quinoa:
  • 1 cup (185 g) cooked quinoa
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) sesame oil
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) soy sauce
  • to taste toasted sesame seeds
  • to taste sliced green onions


In a small saucepan, bring the sake and mirin to a boil over medium-high heat.

Stir in the miso and sugar until smooth, set aside and cool completely.

Pat the cod dry with paper towels and slather on the cooled miso marinade.

Place in a deep dish, cover and place in the fridge overnight.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C). Gently wipe off the

excess marinade and place the fish in a foil-lined ovenproof dish. Bake for 10-15

minutes, based on thickness. The fish is done when it is opaque and flakes

easily. Finish by broiling: turn the broiler on high and watch carefully as the top

caramelizes and turns a deep golden brown. Remove and enjoy immediately with

the sesame soy quinoa.

To make the sesame soy quinoa, gently toss together the quinoa, sesame oil and

soy sauce. Taste and adjust sesame oil and soy if needed. Top with sesame

seeds and green onions.



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35 thoughts on “Miso-Glazed Cod

  1. susan @ the wimpy vegetarian

    There’s a fabulous Japanese restaurant in Sausalito we go to when we want to splurge a bit, and my favorite dinner on the menu is their miso-glazed cod. I’ve ordered it for YEARS now, even though I know there are plenty of other things I’d love on their menu. I’m totally trying your recipe!!!

  2. Nora

    Is it ridiculously cliche to say my favorite Asian comfort food is Pho? Or maybe there is a reason it’s cliche…it’s just so perfect… But all philosophizing aside, this fish would probably give my pho fanaticism a run for its money!

    Oh and Ps: I already follow you on everything social media-ish.

    And pps: how is school??? :-)

  3. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant

    Oooh, I would love to win this book! I follow you on everything except twitter because I quit twitter. I wonder if this tastes similar to the miso cod at Nobu (that stuff is amazing!). My favorite asian comfort food is anything sushi related. Wait, does Indian food count? Then I don’t know. Too hard to choose!

  4. Carly

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I love Miso Cod. This recipe looks great, thank you for sharing!! Comforting Asian dishes cures all, especially a great coconut curry soup. Hoping to see more from the Easy Gourmet cookbook!! Now following you via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest :))

  5. Choc Chip Uru

    Oh my gosh. My photos do not even come close to your incredible skills, please be more in love with your photos like the rest of us 😀
    And this cod recipe does look wonderful, I would love to try it for my fish-loving mates some time!

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Carly

      I love Miso Cod. This recipe looks great, thank you for sharing!! Comforting Asian dishes cures all, especially a great coconut curry soup. Hoping to see more from the Easy Gourmet cookbook!! Now following you via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest :))

  6. Sue O'Bryan

    I really felt the same way when I found Stephanie’s blog . . . her writing and recipes just work for me . . . and I love that her photos don’t look like every other blog we’re seeing nowadays. Lots of comfort food, not afraid of carbs, friendly voice, etc., etc., etc. I noticed right away the cod recipe — it’s similar to Nobu’s famous miso marinated cod dish except uses only a fraction of the marinade, which I thought was smart, as when I made the Nobu version I used up so much of my precious marinade ingredients and most of them went down the drain. As you know I’m cooking my way through this wonderful book . . . I imagine this recipe will be a keeper.

    1. erika Post author

      Ooh I didn’t even realize this was similar to Nobu’s recipe, but now I’m even more excited. Someone also gave me a similar recipe and it used something like 2 cups of miso paste, etc. etc. So wasteful! So I also love her smart small proportions. I can’t wait to hear what you think when you get to this recipe!

      1. Kelli

        Yes, the ingredients are the same but different amounts. It’s mostly miso, then sugar, sake & only a splash of mirin. He only broils the fish, no pre-baking.

  7. Millie l Add A Little

    Great post Erika!
    my favourite comfort food has to be roasted sweet potatoes with a beany stew – random but I can’t get enough of potatoes these days!! Am I pregnant? Let’s hope not lol

    I follow you on instagram, pinterest and twitter too :)

  8. Sophie

    OH MY this sounds so so delicious! At the Oregon Coast over the weekend, we had some of the most delightful buttery-tender cod in tacos that I made with some fresh catch (not caught by us — but still!). It’s all I can think about suddenly, and now you posted this! Perfection. I can’t wait to try, and I LOVE the sound of both the quinoa and the brussels as a side! These will be making an appearance for sure! I love your photos of this!

    One of my favorite comfort-food dishes also happens to be Asian — fried rice. I can make it anytime, with anything, and it’s always so tasty and versatile. I also follow your IG and Pinterest, cause DUH! :) xoxoxo

  9. Shikha @ Shikha la mode

    I NEED THIS BOOK! I also follow you on all social media accounts because I am a stalker, so that better give me a bajillion more entries into this giveaway.

    As for favorite Asian food, I’d have to go with Indian food, which totally counts! There is nothing like my mom’s cooking, and it makes me so happy to visit her and gorge on paneer!

  10. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Cod is one of my favourite fish to cook. You just can’t go wrong! This miso glaze sounds amazing. I can’t believe you didn’t like these photos – they’re gorgeous. And very atmospheric. Love them! A huge congrats to Stephanie on her beautiful cook book! My favourite Asian dish is fried rice, hands down. So cliche, right?! What can I say, as a Chinese chick, I can’t live without rice and fried rice is always delicious and comforting. I follow you on all channels (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram) so hopefully my odds of winning are increased!

  11. Shelley

    Ahh her book looks incredible and this looks amazing! I love anything umami! I would have to say that my favorite Asian comfort food dish (which is really hard to narrow down) is probably sweet chili oven-roasted brussels sprouts! Also, I follow you on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook! :)

    1. erika Post author

      Ohh my GOSH those brussels sprouts sound amazing!!! What recipe do you usually use for those? If you love those, I feel like you would ADORE Steph’s book!! :)

      1. Shelley

        they are INSANELY good. I am now required to bring them to every Thanksgiving gathering. if you search “bleubird blog sweet chili roasted brussels sprouts”, that’s the recipe I use. I believe it calls for fish sauce, so for vegan I just sub more tamari. They are insanely good and you’ll eat them with everything!

        1. erika Post author

          Ahh perfect!!! I’ve been meaning to try Uchi (I live in Houston) for SO LONG…in the meantime, I’ll just make those brussels sprouts 😉 Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Jordan

    I know exactly how you feel – sometimes I’m so stoked about a recipe and then I look at the photos and I’m like… womp. :( I just NEED everyone to taste the amazing-ness! Lol but seriously, it comes through in these photos. You did a fantastic job showing the texture and the glaze and the flakiness of the fish. Kudos to you!

  13. stephanie

    erika!! i can’t believe you didn’t like these photos! i love them! and i think i love you a little too. you make me blush with all of your nice words! ♡♡♡

  14. Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    “There’s actual butter in my mouth,” haha Erika!! I want butter fish. Dang that sounds good. :) Guess I need to try this out! I’d love to try out Stephanie’s spring rolls, too. I guess that is my Asian comfort dish! It’s always my favorite part of the meal.

  15. The Vegan 8

    Beautiful photos Erika!! That looks like such a gorgeous incredible book as well. I’m kind of dying over how simple and perfect that quinoa sounds. I’ve never had those flavors in quinoa before…my hubby loves those flavors, so I definitely need to try that at our next quinoa meal! So good to see you post, missed you! I know your busy!


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