Friday, April 30, 2010

Miso Glazed Sea Bass

I honestly can't think of anything more decadent than a well cooked piece of sea bass.  Due to the price and lack of availability, this is not something I cook often.  But man, does it taste good.  The flavor of sea bass is usually described as buttery.  And who doesn't like butter?  This fish has a high oil content similar to salmon and just like salmon, it also packs a ton of healthy omega-3s.  This miso glaze preparation is super-quick and incredibly satisfying.  Serve with spinach and new potatoes for a fantastic meal.
Miso Glazed Sea Bass
1/3 cup sake
1/3 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)
1/3 cup light yellow miso (fermented soybean paste)
3 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar substitute (such as Spenda)
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
4 6-ounce sea bass fillets (each about 3/4 inch thick)
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1. Glaze: Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl. Place fish in a zip-top bag. Pour marinade over fish.  Seal the bag and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

2. Cook: Preheat broiler. Remove fish from marinade. Place fish on rimmed baking sheet. Broil fish 6 inches from heat source until just opaque in center, about 6 minutes. Transfer to plates. Sprinkle with green onions and basil and serve.


  1. Man that looks FANTASTIC! How sweet is it?

  2. T - it's not terribly sweet, but the buttery flavor of the sea bass definitely adds to the dish.

  3. In what section of the grocery store do you find miso? I've looked in several grocery stores and can't find it anywhere!

  4. You can find miso paste at any Asian store. It is usually stored in the refrigerated section. Miso paste comes in different varieties - typically white, yellow, and red. Here is a link to a picture of miso paste to aid in your search:

  5. Yellow miso paste also goes by the name Shinshu Shiro Miso - look for this on the package, since many of them do not have English translations.

  6. Sea bass is one of my favorites and your dish looks sooo appetizing.


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