Miso Coley Recipe Alternative to Nobu’s Miso Black Cod

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Coley fillets with Miso Recipe

Nobu’s Black Cod with Miso is probably one of the most popular and most copied fish dishes in restaurants. The first time I had it in Nobu, I fell in love.

Luckily for those of us who don’t frequent Nobu, we can recreate this dish at home with very little fuss. In this recipe, instead of using Cod, I used Coley fillets which is another firm white fish. You can substitute any other firm white fish for cod like Arctic Char. This another great recipe to add to your repertoire if you are trying to eat more fish.

It does take a little bit of preparation to get the best result and flavour as you need to marinate the fish for at least 12 hours but you can do it with just 30 minutes if you are short of time.

Serving suggestions, some Japanese rice and a side of vegetables or salad would make a healthy meal.

Sustainable Fish and Alternatives to Favourite Fish

For their #SwitchtheFish campaign, Sainsbury is trying to encourage shoppers to buy some of the lesser known fish like lemon sole, coley fillets, mussels and rainbow trout instead of the five most popular fish, cod, haddock, tuna, salmon and prawns. They are the largest retailer of MSC certified sustainable fish.

On the blog, I have some other fish recipes that you can try where you can use trout or the coley fillets.


Miso Coley Recipe Alternative to Nobu's Miso Cod #SwitchTheFish

This is a simple and delicious fish recipe made famous by Nobu.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time24 minutes
Servings: 2 portions


  • 2 portions white fish fillets (use coley fillets or any alternative white fish
  • 3 tbsp white Miso
  • 3 tbsp Mirin
  • 3 tbsp Cooking Sake
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (depending on your oven)
  • Put the Mirin, sake and sugar in a pan and heat over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Leave aside to cool.
  • Marinate the fish in this miso mixture and leave in the fridge overnight. In some recipes, they suggest that you leave it for up to 3 days. Even a 30 minute marinade would work but you won't get that depth of flavour.
  • When you are ready to cook the fish, wipe off excess marinade with your fingers and place on a lightly oiled roasting pan.
  • Cook in the oven for about 10-12 minutes (depending on the thickness of your fish and your oven) until the surface browns a little.
  • Serve with a bowl of Japanese rice, some pickles or a side of salad or vegetables.


You can substitute cod for coley or artic char.

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