Miso Butterfish

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Sweet Japanese marinade combined with the buttery fish called butterfish. The flavor has an amazing buttery taste combined with a sweet taste and a hint of Japanese rice wine. Goes well with white rice and asparagus, pan-fried in olive oil with a squeeze of lemon.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 30 mins
6 butterfish fillets


  • 1 cup miso (soybean paste)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup sake (Japanese rice wine)

  • ¼ cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

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


  1. Combine miso, sugar, sake, and mirin in a large glass or ceramic bowl; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add fish fillets and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 24 hours minimum.

  2. Remove fillets from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade.

  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add fillets to the hot skillet in batches; cook until flesh flakes easily with a fork, about 5 minutes per side.

Cook's Notes:

I like to use miso that does not contain MSG, and a good nonstick pan, preferably Anolon(R) cookware, for true gourmet cooking.

Drink sake while preparing and eating. Don't drive drunk. Stay home. Bottoms up!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

501 Calories
16g Fat
49g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 501
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 1858mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 40g
Protein 35g
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 728mg 15%

* 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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