This miso-butter cod may seem like a weird flavor combination, but it's actually one of those flavor combinations that gets you going, "wow, it really worked."
The miso is salty and the butter gives it a smooth, milky flavor. Together, they make this miso butter cod so much more than what you typically get from a piece of cod.
It is perfect for a delicate fish like cod because, since cod is light in taste, it can take miso butter on top.
I have always been fascinated by miso and use it in recipes.
In addition to using it in the classic miso soup, there are a number of ways to use miso, and I am still researching more ways!
It has a nutty and complex flavor and there are many varieties of it.
I really love that this miso butter cod comes together in a foil package.
Literally, your entire dinner can be prepared in this foil package in the oven.
Incredibly easy cleanup too!
What is cod?
It is a lean, delicate and flaky white fish.
Cod has a slightly sweet taste, but not as dessert sweet.
It just doesn't taste as fishy as other fish.
Can I use a different type of fish?
I would highly recommend cod, but you can use another light, flaky white fish if you can't find cod.
Can I use frozen?
You can, but just thaw it in advance.
How do you know the cod is done cooking?
Cod hardly takes time to cook. Generally approx. 10 minutes.
When you see the top of the cod begin to "flake" or break up, that's when it's done.
What is the structure of the cod?
Flaky, delicate, soft and buttery smooth.
What is miso?
Miso is a salty and tasty traditional Japanese spice produced by fermenting soybeans with other ingredients. It gives food a lot of umami!
Is there a substitute for miso?
There is no substitute for miso.
Can I use white miso?
Yes, but the taste of white miso vs. red miso can be drastically different, so just understand when making this dish. It will still taste amazing, but it will be different from what I had thought the dish should be.
Can I use salted butter?
No. Unsalted butter is best in this dish because miso is already so salty that adding unsalted butter will make your dish saltier.
Is there a substitute for butter?
Not for this particular right.
I don't like cooking with foil, is there an alternative?
You can use parchment paper, but you may want to use multiple layers as the fish has a lot of fluid and your parchment paper can tear and leak.
What do you make of this?
You can serve this with whatever vegetable you like, but I really like serving this with asparagus because it is one of the relatively quicker and easier vegetables to cook in 10 minutes.
As the vegetable has to boil with the cod in the foil package, asparagus is the best choice!
Miso Butter Cod Foil Packs
The easiest dinner to come together in small foil packs! Virtually no cleanup and dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes! Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 min Resting time: 5 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Course: Dinner Food: American Calories: 588kcal
- 1 tablespoon red miso paste
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
- 2 pounds of fresh cod
- 3/4 pounds of fresh asparagus, washed and ends trimmed
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and prepare two large pieces of aluminum foil and a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, mix a miso, butter and dark brown sugar.
- Cut dry cod, then place each piece on its own piece of foil.
- Place miso butter mixture on top of cod and gently spread with fingers (see photo).
- Put asparagus next to the cod, sprinkle salt on the asparagus, wrap the foil so the ends are sealed and the same is the top (see photo).
- Repeat for the second piece of cod and remaining miso butter and asparagus.
- Place the foil packs on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Let the foil packs rest for 5 minutes wrapped.
- Carefully open the foil packs and serve directly from the foil packs on a plate!
Nutrition facts Miso butter cod foil packs Serving (1 pound cod) calories 588 calories from fat 189 % Daily Value * Fat 21 g32% carbohydrates 12g4% Fiber 4g16% Sugar 5g6% protein 85g170% * Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. * Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate.