Miso Cod with Spicy Cucumbers

An easy and delicious dish inspired by the restaurant favorite.

March 28, 2011

This dish is slightly more elegant (and considerably more nutritious) than the fishy fare you'll encounter at most chain restaurants, but it's just as easy to prepare. The salty-sweetness of the miso marinade pairs perfectly with the quick-pickled cucumbers for a dish that takes no more than 20 minutes of actual cooking time, yet will elevate you to the status of the Iron Chef in the eyes of those you serve it to.

Serves: 4
Prep:  12min
Cook: 8min
Total: 6hr 20min


  • 1 cup white miso paste
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cod fillets (6 oz each)
  • 1 large English cucumber, seeded and sliced into half moons
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes

1. Combine the miso, mirin, and brown sugar in a bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine. Pour the marinade over the cod and marinate in the fridge for up to 12 hours.

2. Mix the cucumber, vinegar, salt, sugar, and pepper flakes in a bowl. Allow the cucumbers to pickle for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

3. Preheat the broiler. Remove the cod from the marinade and place on a baking sheet. Set the baking sheet 6" below the broiler and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the fish is deeply caramelized and flakes with gentle pressure. Serve the cod with the cucumber.

Recipe Notes
Cod is the traditional go-to with this miso marinade, but sea bass, swordfish, and halibut would all work just as well.

Nutritional Facts per serving
Calories     250.9 cal
Fat     1.4 g
Saturated fat     0.3 g
Cholesterol     73.1 mg
Sodium     2514.3 mg
Carbohydrates     21 g
Total sugars     16.3 g
Dietary fiber     4.5 g
Protein     34.7 g


Courtesy of the Rodale Recipe Finder.