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Gina Clarke's Famous Miso Cod

This is the number one most asked for dish from all of Chef Gina Clarke's celebrity clients

Gina Clarke's Famous Miso Cod

Why it's on our list

When we were living together in LA circa mid 2000's the hottest spot in town was a casual yet hip sushi place called Izakaya. That is where our favorite black cod dish was served.... perfectly cooked, buttery in texture, sweet and sour in taste. We still dream about it but now we don't have to because we found a better one!

When Chef Gina Clarke joined us on S2 Episode 4, she shared with us what all of celebrity clients including U2, Jason Momoa, Dax Prescott and Barbara Streisand, beg her to make for their parties. The number one request is her miso cod. She has so graciously shared with us the recipe and let's just call it what it is....PANTY DROPPER!!!


For the marinade

  • 2 cup sake

  • 2 cup mirin

  • 1 cup hikari miso paste

  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 tbs minced ginger

  • 3 tbs chopped cilantro stems

  • 1 tbs tamari

  • 1 tsp yuzu


In a medium sized pot over medium low heat place sake, mirin,

ginger and cilantro. Bring to a simmer. In a medium mixing bowl add miso

and brown sugar. Place the bowl over the pot to make a double boiler.

Once liquid is reduced by ¾ of its original volume, add to the bowl. Remove

bowl from heat and gently stir all ingredients in bowl till incorporated, add

tamari and yuzu. Cool marinade in the refrigerator. Once cooled, transfer to

a glass container with a lid. Marinade can be used for up to three months.

For the cod

  • 6 oz black cod filet skin on

  • 1/4 cup miso marinade (recipe)

  • 2 tbs olive oil

  • 1 tbs sesame oil

  • 1 lemon slice cut into slices

  • 1 tsp sliced butter

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • 1 glass 20oz container with lid

  • 1 small plate

  • 1 cod spatula

  • 1 medium non stick pan or cast iron skillet


Score skin of cod. Season all sides with salt & pepper. Place cod in a glass

container and cover all sides with 1/4 cup of the miso marinade. Gently rub

marinade into cod. Cover the container and place in the refrigerator. Marinate

for 4 hours, up to 24 hours, rotating once halfway through. Remove cod from

marinade and place on a plate.

Preheat the oven to 350*. In a medium non stick pan or cast iron skillet, place

the pan over high heat. Once the pan is hot, place olive and sesame oil into the

pan, turn heat down to medium low. Once oil is hot, place the cod into the pan

flesh side down (Place the cod away from you, when oil splashes it goes towards

the back of the stove). Sear the cod until dark brown, around 2 minutes, be careful

not to burn the cod. Once the cod has reached the desired color, use a cod spatula

to gently flip the cod over to the skin side. Sear for 30 seconds to 1 minute just for

color. Turn the flame off, gently flip the cod over, place lemon slice on the cod, place butter on top of the lemon, place the pan with cod in it into the oven. Cook cod for

at least 7 minutes or until desired doneness, then remove pan from oven. With the

cod spatula remove cod from the pan and place on a plate with desired starch and vegetables.


Serve it up!

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