Nobu’s Miso Cod

Miso Cod - delicious, moist, tender, and crazy delicious cod fish marinated with Japanese miso. This miso cod recipe is made famous by Nobu Matsuhisa. |


Miso Cod - delicious, moist, tender, and crazy delicious cod fish marinated with Japanese miso. This miso cod recipe is made famous by Nobu Matsuhisa. |

Nobu’s Miso Cod

Miso Cod – delicious, moist, tender, and crazy delicious cod fish marinated with Japanese miso. This miso cod recipe is made famous by Nobu Matsuhisa.


2-3 black cod fillets (about 1 lb)

For the marinate:

1/4 cup sake
1/4 cup mirin
4 tablespoons white miso paste
3 tablespoons sugar

Mix the marinate ingredients thoroughly in a plastic container (with lid) and set aside. Save some for plating purposes.

Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towels and put them into the plastic container with the marinate. Cover the lid and leave to steep in the refrigerator overnight or for 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degree F.

Preheat an indoor grill at the same time.

Lightly wipe off (with fingers) any excess miso marinate clinging to the fish fillets but don’t rinse it off. Place the fish on the grill and lightly grill on both sides until the surface turns brown.

Transfer the fish fillets to the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Add a few extra drops of the marinate on the plate and serve hot.

Miso Cod - delicious, moist and tender black cod fish marinated with Japanese miso. This miso cod recipe is made famous by Nobu Matsuhisa |

Miso Cod

Miso Cod – delicious, moist, tender, and crazy delicious cod fish marinated with Japanese miso. This miso cod recipe is made famous by Nobu Matsuhisa.

Miso Cod - delicious, moist and tender black cod fish marinated with Japanese miso. This miso cod recipe is made famous by Nobu Matsuhisa |

I love Japanese food, but not every kind of Japanese food. For most people in the United States, Japanese food means sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and tempura. While I enjoy teriyaki and tempura quite a bit, I don’t really like sushi and sashimi all that much.

I know, how can I not like sushi and sashimi? Well, for starters, I am painfully fussy, selective, and peculiar when it comes to eating. I love little edibles but I have yet to acquire the liking for sushi. And when it comes to eating raw, there are only two kinds of raw food I would eat: oysters and geoduck clams (raw fish is too mushy for my taste). Well, there you have it. I am impossible to please and am very inconsistent when it comes to food.

Miso Cod - delicious, moist and tender black cod fish marinated with Japanese miso. This miso cod recipe is made famous by Nobu Matsuhisa |

Other than sushi and sashimi, I can pretty much acknowledge that I adore Japanese cooking—the light yet invigorating flavors and the delicate presentations. Japanese food is so refined, elegant and beautiful, just like this baked miso-marinated black cod.

Made famous by Nobu Matsuhisa and one of Robert De Niro’s favorites, I fell in love with black cod with miso since the first time I had it. While this recipe is not too hard to make at home, ordering it at Japanese restaurants here in Southern California is quite expensive. So, I bought Nobu: The Cookbook and slowly but surely make all my favorite Japanese dishes (check out my baked scallops recipe).


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wah, this fish looks so good like what you get high-class restaurant.

  2. Amazing photography! I’m hungry now. What is the bud on top of the fish?

  3. tigerfish says:

    I don’t have those Jap marinade sauces. :O …
    Impeccable presentation!
    But still, fish very small piece ler…

  4. This dish is so beautifully presented! I am sure it tastes delicate, too. :)

    Rasam, thanks so much for this blog, I love Malaysian food. I will try your Nasi Lamak soon. :D

  5. Nate 2.0 says:

    I did something similar

    but my pics aren’t as good as yours.

  6. Ming_the_Merciless says:

    Your miso marinated cod fish looks really, really good. I dare say, it looks better than the one they serve at Nobu.

    Unlike you, I love sushi and sashimi, and raw food. I love raw broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, (basically any salads). I also love my hamburger medium rare (ie. seared on the outside, raw in the inside). I had beef tartar for the first time in Zurich three years ago and loved it.

    I think the reason I love raw food so much is because I don’t like cooking and I hate the smell of food in my (small) apartment.

    I guess my diet was adapted to the NYC lifestyle. :-)

  7. Those are really gorgeous photos, I can just eat it off my screen. :D Is the sauce on the plate excess fish marinade that was cooked down or was it set aside before marinating the fish?

  8. Chubbypanda says:

    I love making this dish too. I use a blend of red and white miso to give it some extra punch.

  9. Great photos, it looks so delicious. However, I’m a sushi lover.

  10. The Expedited Writer says:

    Your new camera really served you well…I love these shots. They look very yummy :)

  11. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Anonymous – Thanks and yes, I followed the presentation on the cookbook and tried to create a restaurant serving.

    Jaden – hehe, it’s a flower bud from my garden. ;)

    Tiga – I had a few pieces mah…I wanted to get big pieces, but found only small pieces in the Japanese market. Japanese marinates and cooking wines are worth to have in your kitchen…really!

    Anh – thanks so much for your sweet note. I look forward to your nasi lemak post. :)

    Nate 2.0 – thanks for the link…they looked awesome…big, fat and juicy fish steak, not like my little black cod fillet.

    Ming – yes, the smell of cooked food in the house is unpleasant sometimes, especially the after-smell. I always have to open my windows and blow the odor out after cooking, but it still lingers.

    Amy – I made some more new marinate sauce to go with the fish. The one I used to marinate was discarded. ;)

    CP – A blend of red and white miso…yeah, why not?

    Gazard – Thanks. I eat sushi (like soft shell crab roll) but not the fish one.

    The Expedited Writer – I think I need another macro lens to really serve me well. LOL. I am never satisfied.

  12. Wah! Such good photography!

  13. BuddingCook says:

    beautifully presented. :D

  14. Tricia Lee-Chin says:

    Hi RM, yur cod looks really-really good. Will have to save up some $$ to get them. They are pretty expensive over here!!!

  15. Oh for the love of food! says:

    Hey, saw you on Jen’s blog and decided to pay you a visit. Great pictures! Love your recipes. Will visit again soon, RM!

  16. fatboybakes says:

    wei, bila buka restoran ah?

  17. simcooks says:

    Hey! I went to Koi Palace for dimsum today. Not bad not bad! But hor… SUPER crowded until quite scary. I was there at 10:45am, my queue number was 80 and the number being called at that time was 53.

  18. Hey Rasa, thanks for dropping by.I love your blog too,fantastic pictures and great matter.Love the way this sole has caramelized around the corners.I’d love to try that out.Beautiful presentation.

  19. O_o what a fine dish!!!!!!! goodness…….. u can open one fine dining rest soon!!!!! :D

  20. Rasa Malaysia says:

    WMW – Thanks…I have a new camera mah.

    Budding Cook – Thank you. I just followed the cookbook, that’s it. :)

    Tricia – Here in the US, 1lb is about $16. How much is it in AU?

    For the Love of Food – hey, welcome. Do come by soon, I will be waiting for your new comments. :)

    FBB – Probably not. I would love to get into food consulting, menu planning and creation. I think I will be good at that. Any takers? ;)

    Simcooks – oooh, Koi Palace. I haven’t been there for ages, used to live like 3 minutes up hill from Koi. I think it offers the best dim sum in the whole US. I am not kidding. The line is impossible I know, but if you go during peak lunch hours, the wait is even more painful!

    Kay – it’s not sole, it’s black cod, but I guess sole will work for this recipe too, well, at least not so oily. Thanks for popping in here. :)

    Meiyen – as I told FBB. I would love to get into restaurant business consulting, menu planning and creation. As to opening a fine-dining restaurant, are you going to invest? :P

  21. UnkaLeong says:

    *raises hands…I’d Invest!

    All this after seeing live cod swimming..hahaha.

  22. so beautiful! and while reading your post, you mentioned What’s next,you ask?, the only answer i could think of is RM to open a fine dining restaurant! :)

  23. Ee Chian says:

    omg.. perfect!

  24. Hey RM,

    Thanks for the kind words you posted on my blog. I’d never come across your blog before, but I should say that it’s amazing! You seem to have great knowledge of, and also marvelous enthusiasm for, Malaysian cuisine and everything that encompasses. Your photography is also quite incerdible. I’d also comment that the aesthetic aspects of your blog really create the feeling of welcome and comfort. Truly a great blog, I don’t know quite how you managed to slip through the net! I’ll be doing a cleanup of my blogroll soon, I’ll be sure to add you to it

  25. What an inspiring photograph!

  26. Lyrical Lemongrass says:

    Gorgeous pictures. You’ve grilled the fish so well. It looks…hmmm…glossy! :-)

  27. Rasa Malaysia says:

    Unka – OK, deal, just give me all your $$$ you are going to get come from your company and we can start a franchise. :)

    SC – thanks. When I do have my fine dining restaurant, you will have to come eat every day and night. LOL. :P

    Ee Chian – Thank you!

    Trig – Awww, thanks, you are too sweet and nice. (Blushing with a big smile). :)

    Susan – Hah, thanks to the cookbook. I pretty much “stole” the idea from it. :P

    Lemongrass – I think it’s the oil from the fish…thus “glossy” looking. Hehe. ;)

  28. Passionate Eater says:

    I have so much to learn from you Bee. I just read over the comments and many people said what I was planning on saying! But I’ll say this: I will totally be an investor in the Rasa Malaysia Restaurant, b/c with your cooking skills, my investment will guarantee a return of over 100%! And, if I am an investor, can I eat your food all the time, every day, every minute? No pressure.

  29. Tricia Lee-Chin says:

    Hi RM,

    I’m in Toronto, the prices should be about the same as U.S. … I think around $21 or so … working in the exchange rate!!!

  30. wow..looks real yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe..will definitely try it!

  31. renardgourmande says:

    Looks delicious! I agree that Japanese cooking is refined and elegant, maybe too much so, it intimidates me. But thia fish looks so yummy, so delicately savory… Love the picture. You really have a gift!

  32. Keropok Man says:

    Rasa M, you must be so proud of your camera and the cod fish!

    i see you have taken every angle of it! haha…

    waiting for your next post :-)

  33. Hi RM, I found your blog via Serious Eats. Your pictures are amazing! I’ve tried a similar recipe with salmon and miso, but your recipe looks so good. I’ll be sure to come back to your blog often.

  34. Based on the choice of menu items of most of my friends who like to frequent Japanese restaurants, I think this is easily one of the most popular dishes. The other is grilled salmon. Black cod is an excellent choice suitable on any day!

  35. :( me got no enough to invest.. but i can work for you and you cook for me to eat! :D

  36. Audrey Cooks says:

    Wow! absolutely gorgeous! see that you are making full use of your new camera! lovely snapshots. will be trying this recipe very soon and hope to post it for your review.

  37. The dish looks absolutely delicious! However, since the fish was marinated in the miso mixture, is there a salmonella concern when using the same mixture for plating?

  38. Rasa Malaysia says:

    PE – haha, thanks for wanting to be my investor, but the problem is if I cook and we eat, we might finish up all food before our customers come. LOL!

    Tricia – oh, good I think the black cod is worth the price. I like it very much.

    Minami – Thank you and yes do try the recipe.

    Renardgourmande – yes, this is minimalist refined. ;)

    KP – yes, I love the camera and yes, I took the fish from every single angle. LOL.

    Marvin – yes, please do come back more often. Yeah, this recipe will work well for salmon too, but I prefer black cod over salmon.

    Bayi – correct, this is fast becoming a must-have dish in upscale Japanese restaurants.

    Meiyen – OK good, got a pretty girl to work for me sure the business will be very good. Hehe. :)

    Audrey – please do so and can’t wait for your post. :)

    Alex – no I didn’t use the after-season mixture for plating…I saved some before I marinated the fish. So, no worries and no health concerns. Hehe.

  39. Great! That makes perfect sense. How did you get the drops perfectly circular like that?

  40. oh how could i have missed this!? drooooooooooool. the pictures a stunning, wow!

    i love how you achieved the most perfect charred pieces. i bow to you!

  41. First time to your blog, came over from susan’s fat free vegan…I am totally engrossed in this site…your photos are master piece, how do u take those snaps? its really v v v cool….

  42. This is awesome! I just made it. My kids love it.

  43. I’ve found your recipe similar to NOBU’s famous “Black Cod with Miso”… what a coincident???

  44. Thanks, this recipe is one of my wife’s favorites. I tried making this last week but I wasn’t able to get it looking the same.

    How do you avoid overcooking the fish? When you grill it to get it blackened, doesn’t that end up cooking the fish through resulting in overcooking after 10 minutes in the oven?

  45. Coffee & Vanilla says:

    Sounds and looks delicious… I have never tried miso yet… I bought it once and wasted because I did not know how to use it…

    Amazing blog, Margot

  46. What a great picture of black cod with miso. I dontv the book so i will follow your vlack cod with miso recipe instead. ;)

  47. Just love the texture of the fish!
    the fish just melt in my mouth!
    love it!

    a recipe that should be exploited!

  48. I have added this to my meal planning post for the week. Can’t wait to try it. Do you think there is any harm in marinating the fish for more than 24 hours? say I marinate it today (Wed) and cook it on Friday?

  49. i tried, i failed

  50. Anonymous says:

    If your sashimi is mushy, then it’s probably bad or old. Fresh sashimi doesn’t have a mushy or slimy quality. I really recommend trying more sashimi and sushi; the good stuff is incredibly delicious.

  51. Wow this looks like it would just melt in your mouth. I love the char accents and delicate looking textexture. I will have to give this a try sometime. Thanks and cheers!

  52. Hello. I’ve eaten twice at NOBU and have had the black cod with miso. I LOVE IT. If you could let me know if there are different flavors of mirin, could you please let me know which one is used in the NOBU recipe.


  53. Hello again. I forgot to ask about the Sake. I know Sake has different flavors. Could you please let me know which Sake to use to make this mouth-watering black cod?


  54. Hi!! What if I don’t have a grill?? Can I pan fry it and if so, for how long..? Thanks!

  55. Hi Rasa, your pictures are beautiful. I was just wondering about the ratio of the miso paste vs the liquid in the marinade.. With half a cup of liquid and 4 tb of miso paste, my marinade was very liquidy. Did I do something wrong? It’s not solid enough for me to add drops when plating.

  56. heyyyy just wondering when u say sake…do you mean cooking sake or normal sake?coz i tried the receipe once and it was a bit too sweet!thanks!

  57. Hi, I am planning to try this recipe tonight. Just wondering what you would suggest serving it with. Thanks!

  58. Currently I have red miso. Will this not work?

  59. Its really nice post….
    I was searching this kind of posting …..
    I just liked it….


  60. Delishhh says:

    Hi, I love your blog, it has some great recipes. And i wanted to let you know that i tried this recipe and posted it on my blog today with a link to your recipe and blog. Hopefully you can stop by. Now my pictures are not as good as yours, but i am getting there. :)

  61. Tried and tested!! Delicious…!!!!! :)
    Thank youuu!!!!

  62. I liked your blog. Your blog contains some great recipes that really i love. i am a housewife and very fond of cooking new recipes specially sweet dish.

  63. Im making this tonight. It looks fantastic. Will let you know how it turns out…. Cant wait. I love this dish…

  64. This was amazing! I used it as the base to recreate a favorite dish, and while it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, I’m glad to have found a new favorite. :)

  65. This was sooooooooo….. delish! Just like at my favorite local Japanese restaurant.

    There is one downside however – my kitchen smelled very fishy the whole day – are there any tips on how to avoid this? The only thing I can think of is dumping the marinade in a trash bag outside immediately vs. pouring it down the kitchen drain.


    • Hi Sawhster – I agree, fish smells after cooking and eating. There is really nothing much we can do other than opening the windows, let the air in, and yes, trashing everything ASAP. LOL.

  66. Hi Rasa! did the Nobu cookbook have any suggestions about what to serve with this black cod? I am thinking about making it for a dinner party and was imagining maybe soba noodles in some sort of sauce, or something else interesting. What would you serve with it, for a main course?
    Thanks for the amazing posts! My mouth is watering just looking at your pictures!

  67. I tried this last night and also added a bit of garlic and ginger. I grilled it lightly on both sides with an outdoor bbq grill and then I broiled it onto a greased pan at 400 F degrees for almost 4-5 mins each side. The color didn’t turn out golden brown like yours and some pieces flaked off. In the end I served it with plain white rice with some of the sauce. The flavor was amazing but the fish was dried and not as buttery as Nobu’s. I was slightly disappointed.
    Was it b/c I broiled it instead of baking it? How come it tasted dry?
    Thanks! Great photos you have!

    • Hi Alice, I think you overcooked the fish, that’s why it’s dry. Black cod is a very oily fish. I think you should just bake it (wrap with foil if you want it to be moist) and then broil for 1-2 minutes on both sides the most.

  68. Hi,
    Thank you so much for the recipe. I am a huge fan of this dish and can’t wait to taste it… before I do my shopping, please advise if I should buy the Mirin 8% alch or Mirin 0.9% (cooking).
    thx thx and thx again!

  69. Hi Rasa, I love your recipes and your food photos. What camera/lens do you use? Any special light that you used. The food looks delicious!


  70. Thanks a lot for the recipe I have tried it and it was very nice but not so as they serve it in Nobu…and I love it how they make it in Nobu. Firstly, I could not grill it so nicely as you have done it in your pictures; somehow my grill dried the fish out and did not grill it nicely but more like burned it..(I have a built in electric grill into mu electric oven…could it be the problem?) and overall the whole fish felt very dry and not so juicy like yours; please advise if you know where I could improve.

  71. Hi,

    I just came across your blog today for the first time.

    Great food articles and photos – I was blown away by them. I really like the attention to detail in your posts, and the wonderful colors and clarity of the photos of the dishes you write about.

    I have been to Malaysia and liked the country, people and food a lot. Plan to visit again.

    I’ll keep reading your blog.

    Vasudev Ram

    • Hi Vasudev – thanks so much for your sweet note. I am glad you have found Rasa Malaysia! Have you been to Penang, Malaysia? You have to go there as Penang has very good food. It’s my hometown. :)

  72. gabsthedino says:

    Do you think that you could grill it earlier in the afternoon and then bake it just before serving???

  73. Hi, I tried this recipe yesterday and the cod came out incredibly salty! I tried to follow it exactly as you wrote. Instead of grill, I pan seared it and instead of marinating overnight, I marinated for only 2 hours. I’m wondering if it’s the type of miso I used? I’m not sure what white miso is. The miso I got is a light yellow. Can that be the problem?

    • Hi Jen, so sorry to hear that. Yes, it makes a difference the miso you use. White miso is less salty and actually sweeter and milder. It sounds like you get the regular miso used for miso soup. I would advise you to taste the marinade first because each brand of miso tastes differently, some saltier than the other. :(

  74. Where do you purchase Black Cod? I’m in the northern CA area and none of the grocery stores around me seem to have this fish! I was on Crystal Cruise for 1 day (long story) and I was lucky enough to eat in the Nobu restaurant on the ship and had black cod. It was so delicious. And I keep reading that black cod has more omega 3’s than even salmon and since I do not like salmon, I’m excited to add it to my diet… problem is I can’t find it! Any help would be appreciated.

  75. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I made it for dinner tonight, but used halibut instead of cod. I only marinated it for 6 hours and served it with some carrots and snowpeas sauteed with garlic, ginger and a dash of sesame oil. It was amazing!

  76. hockeyfan08 says:

    I have made this a number of times with black cod or with Chilean Sea bass. It is excellent with any fish but especially with something that has some fat/oil within. Miso is very useful for a number of receipes so the fact that you usually have to buy a 1 lb container should not be a problem and it keeps for a long time as long as you wrap it up in a plastic bag. I make a fried long eggplant/green pepper with ground pork dish that uses mirin,sugar and miso as a final touch.

  77. Lord Koos says:

    I think this is what the Japanese call Kasasuki Black Cod. Cod is marinated in sake lees (leftovers from the Sake wine-making process), looks like your version will get close to the same flavors. They sell the real Kasusaki marinade where I live but it’s expensive.

  78. Hi there! I have been to Nobu and I absolutely adore this dish! Thank you so much for putting it up :) By the way, I can’t seem to find fresh black cod here in Australia, is it possible to replace it with murray cod? Thank you and I love your blog and all your recipes!!

  79. Is there any reason that this wouldn’t work with chicken breast instead of fish?

  80. Hi Rasa,

    Thanks for the recipe! I made it tonight, and it was AMAZING! :)

    Thanks again!


  81. Fantastic!! I am sure this is THE BEST recipe for Cod Fish. Simply delicious and the fragrance will make your saliva dripping. I tried this recipe 3 years ago through your website and I am still doing it. All ingredients are available in any supermarket or store selling Japanese foodstuff. Thank you RasaMalaysia for this incredible recipe.

  82. Nice photos, whats the green thing called?

  83. Hi Rasa,

    I want you to know for the past 8 years I’ve been following many sites regarding recipes. By far you have the best site I’ve ever seen, your selections surpass anything I’ve seen in all these years. I hope anyone looking for the best in fine Asian foods has your great site.

  84. My husband and kids loved this dish! Thank you so much for sharing! They enjoyed it so much that I included it in our weekly favorites for Blood Type A’s.

  85. Is it possible to make this without the sake?

  86. what’s the green thing?

  87. Hi there, I tried your recipe and did not broil but pan seared it before baking. However there was a sourish taste. Is it suppose to taste slightly sourish? Thank you.

  88. Awesome recipe!! Cooked it several times since having a similar dish at a restaurant. Making it again tonight :o) Love your site!!

  89. Trying this recipe today! Do you use Sake from the liquor store, or use cooking Sake from the Japanese grocery store?

  90. awesome

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