Black cod with saikyo miso and sesame spinach


Black cod with miso is a popular Japanese dish and would stand out as part of a main course a dinner party. The creamy white flesh of the cod is balanced beautifully with the sweet/salty miso paste.


  • 4 black cod fillets, about 150–200g/5½–7oz each, pin-boned
  • 4 stalks hajikami or 50g/1¾oz pickled ginger, to serve
  • 50g/1¾oz lotus root or taro chips, to serve, optional

For the saikyo miso

  • 50ml/2fl oz sake
  • 100ml/3½fl oz mirin
  • 400g/14oz white miso paste
  • 125g/4½oz caster sugar

For the sesame spinach