Casa del Picky Eaters

Cod with Miso, after Nobu


We spent the long weekend at Easter in London, catching up with various friends. The schedule of getting around half a dozen different families left us unoccupied during the day on the Sunday, so we decided we’d have our Easter Sunday lunch at Nobu on Old Park Lane. We went for the Omakase menu – a tasting selection of Nobu classic dishes – and I was delighted to find that it included their famous Black Cod with Miso. The whole meal was excellent and they managed my gluten-free needs without missing a beat, but above all, the cod was an absolute knockout. Marinated in white miso and sake for three days, and then seared and roasted, it was sweet, succulent and creamy. In fact I would genuinely go as far as calling it the best fish dish I have ever had. I’m no fan of cod, but I could eat that again and again and again. “I have to try this at home!”, I promised B.

Back in Yorkshire I plugged the dish into Google and one of the first sites that came up with a recipe was the ever-dependable Rasa Malaysia. Bee has adapted her recipe from the Nobu cookbook; my only further amendment was that I used Icelandic cod as, shockingly, my local Sainsburys doesn’t carry black cod.

Mix 1/4 cup sake, 1/4 cup mirin, 4 tbsp white miso paste and 3 tbsp sugar. Reserve a couple of tbsp-fuls for serving, and put the rest in a non-reactive container that will allow approx 1lb of cod fillet to be submerged in the marinade. Refrigerate overnight*. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and get a non-stick frying pan scorching hot on the hob. Remove the fillets from the marinade and sear in the pan, and then place the fillets in a roasting tin and place in the oven for around 10 minutes. Piece o’cake.

I served with sticky rice – I know it’s not Japanese but we like it – and steamed greens in a ponzu dressing. To make the dressing, toast a couple of handfuls of sesame seeds in a dry pan until they start to pop, and then add them to an equal-parts mixture of soy sauce, yuzu juice and mirin. Toss through the cooked vegetables immediately before serving.

The quality of the cod is ultimately going to make or break this one. What I’d like to try is getting some really, really fresh cod and marinating the fish for the stated three days but it didn’t seem worth the risk with pre-packed supermarket produce.

I don’t usually like to take pictures at restaurants but it seems more acceptable at lunch, and lord knows everyone else was at it, so below is the Nobu version.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

The Secret Barrister

Independent Blogger of the Year, The Comment Awards 2016 & 2017

Smoky Joe's Cafe

Recipes, Reviews and Culinary Ramblings

Food Obsessed Sam

Sharing my obsession with food. I'm a bit of a restaurant collector and passionate about food. I'm a busy working mum and eating out is a real treat. I love Michelin starred restaurants. I have had many great experiences which I think are worth sharing…. So take a gander


A native Portlander exploring everything my other home has to offer + other travel adventures

Tony Meets Meat

I cook, I eat, I blog.

Mad Dog TV Dinners

Guess what's coming to dinner?

One Man's Meat

Multi-award winning food blog, written in Dublin, Ireland.

Back Road Journal

Little treasures discovered while exploring the back roads of life


Creative, strange and awesome lunches by my dad


I like to eat. I am from Manchester

The Gluten Free Family Kitchen

Family life... the gluten free way

Rantings of an Amateur Chef - What works, and what doesn't!

Cooking in Sens

Living, Drinking and Eating in Burgundy

The Kitchenaid Diaries

Just another site

Leeds Comedy Cellar

Free comedy in Leeds every Tuesday


Gluten free in the Minne!


Just another site

The Food I Eat

what it says on the tin


A fine site

The High Heel Gourmet

Authentic Thai Dishes Reimagined for the American Palate


Passionate about cooking and baking and love to share.

Milners Blog

Do or do not, There is no try.

Girl Interrupted Eating

Foraging and Feasting. A food blog from Nottingham in the UK

Gluten Free? Gimme Three!

A realist's take on living gluten free

Chilli Marmalade

Adventures inside and outside my kitchen

Gluten Free By The Sea

A coeliac's guide to gluten free life in Plymouth

Naturally Gluten Free

the good GF stuff

The Coeliactivist

fruit is not a pudding

%d bloggers like this: