Black Cod Recipe

    Black Cod Recipe on a plate

    This miso black cod recipe features a wonderful flavorful combination of sweet and savory ingredients. Buttery, rich black cod is flavored with sweet miso and maple syrup for a delectable taste that you will absolutely love.

    Black cod, also known as Sablefish or Butterfish, is a type of deep-sea fish that is actually unrelated to the cod family of fish. Because black cod fish has a delicate nature and buttery quality, we find that it’s better to bake the fish rather than pan-fry it.

    For this black cod recipe, we used Alaskan black cod filets because they have a superior texture and flavor. The fish is almost velvet-like and incredibly moist.

    Because we added a sweet touch to this savory recipe with the use of sweet miso and maple syrup, we also utilized mirin, a sweet and tangy Japanese cooking wine that pairs beautifully with the black cod.

    It’s best to marinate the fish for at least 30 minutes before baking the black cod to obtain the most flavor. After that, you’ll simply bake the fish for 15 to 20 minutes. You can serve the fish with steamed rice and/or veggies for a complete meal.


    Cook time: 20 minutes
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Idle time: 30 minutes



    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine the mirin, water, maple syrup, and miso together in a bowl.
    2. Place the black cod in a baking dish and slather with the miso dressing. Marinate for about 30 minutes at room temperature.
    3. Cover and bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes. Remove cover and continue baking 5-7 minutes. Transfer to serving platter and serve immediately.

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    Updated by Beeta Hashempour on 8/1/2018

    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.