Rich miso-crusted butterfish that melts in your mouth. I always serve with steamed rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
10 hrs
4 servings


Miso Marinade:

  • 1 ¼ cups white miso

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup sake

  • ½ cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)

  • 4 (6 ounce) fillets butterfish (black cod)

Beurre Blanc:

  • 2 ½ teaspoons chopped shallot

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 whole black peppercorns

  • 7 teaspoons white wine vinegar

  • 3 ½ teaspoons dry white wine

  • 7 teaspoons heavy whipping cream

  • 1 cup butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Lemon Sauce:

  • lemon, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley, or to taste

Sweet Soy Sauce:

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • 1 cup white sugar


  1. Whisk miso, 1 cup sugar, sake, and mirin together in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until marinade has reduced, about 45 minutes. Transfer marinade to a shallow dish and cool completely, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Place butterfish in the marinade and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Combine shallot, bay leaf, peppercorns, vinegar, and wine in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until only about 1 tablespoon liquid remain, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour cream into mixture and simmer until cream mixture has reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and rapidly whisk butter pieces, 1 at a time, until beurre blanc is smooth and thickened. Strain beurre blanc through a mesh strainer to remove spices.

  3. Stir lemon juice into beurre blanc until lemon sauce is evenly mixed; fold in parsley.

  4. Combine soy sauce and 1 cup sugar in a saucepan over low heat; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and sweet soy sauce has reduced to 1 cup, 15 to 20 minutes.

  5. Heat a skillet over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove butterfish from marinade, discarding unused marinade. Cook butterfish in the hot skillet until fish flakes easily with a fork, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer butterfish to a warmed plate and drizzle lemon sauce and sweet soy sauce around fish.

Editor's note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1392 Calories
68g Fat
141g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1392
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g 87%
Saturated Fat 32g 161%
Cholesterol 243mg 81%
Sodium 7293mg 317%
Total Carbohydrate 141g 51%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 118g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1010mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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