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Miso Glazed Cod with Sauteed Spinach and Onions

In this Miso Glazed Cod Recipe, buttery soft cod is pan sauteed in a spicy sweet miso glaze and served with soy and ginger spinach and onions. This is a nutritious and tasty one-pan dish that you can easily make at home with just a handful of ingredients.

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Cod is often the fish I turn to on busy weeknights. Cod is so easy to cook and very hard to overcook ~ unless I forget about it and its charred beyond recognition. This dense, flaky, firm fish holds up beautifully in all sorts of stews and curries.

There have been many a night when I’ve started a tomato curry base, thrown some cod into it, and let it cook while my daughter made some roti.

No matter how long that cod simmers in that spicy tomato coconut curry base, it is firm and flaky when we dig into it.

Cod is so versatile…

Cod has a distinct mild flavor that pairs so well with all sorts of seasonings.

Blacken it and tuck it into beet tortillas for taco night.

Bake it smothered with spices and serve it up with some turmeric potatoes and broccoli salad for a tasty weekend meal.

Or simply pan-roast it with a smidge of lemon and enjoy it with this Melon Salad for a quick, light weeknight dinner.

Ingredients to make this Cod with Sauteed Soy Spinach & Onions in bowls

On a recent trip to Sprouts, I noticed that the cod in the Fish Market section was on sale.

I’ve talked before about my love for shopping at Sprouts. But I haven’t talked much about their selection of fish.

Sprouts offers 100% sustainably sourced seafood in their Fish Market.

They source from fisheries that are committed to preserving and protecting the health of our marine and freshwater ecosystems and the wellbeing of fishery-dependent communities.

Well, I couldn’t pass on the cod and brought a generous portion home.

Currently, our home is a bit of a mess as I am almost at the end of renovating our second bathroom.

Home reno shenanigans…

I placed the cod in the fridge to cook that night, made a cup of tea, and began Googling how to get the shower faucet and controls on – by the way, if you are curious as to my bathroom shenanigans, you can catch them under my DIY stories on Instagram.

While Googling DIY solutions, I happened on a David Leibovitz’s post on strawberry and miso ice cream. I’m not sure how they happened to be related but the title piqued my curiosity and before I knew it, I was eyeball deep in miso and macerated strawberries.

Now, you might be wondering how a post about cod diverted into DIY-ing and then miso and strawberry ice cream… but there is method to my madness.

Well, reading about the ice cream reminded me that I had some white miso in my fridge. I usually have miso on hand for when I make a batch of these sweet potatoes and salmon.

But then I got to thinking about dinner and that cod… and well… the idea for this Miso Glazed Cod came into fruition.

So, I abandoned any thoughts of finishing the bathroom that night and decided to tackle dinner.

Delicious Easy Miso Glaze in a bowl with a bowl of chili flakes next to it and Cod from the Sprouts Fish Market lying adjacent as well.

Wondering what is miso anyway?

To my understanding, miso is a paste made from fermenting soybeans with salt and koji. Koji is any grain that has been inoculated with the mold Aspergillus oryzae.

Depending on the time of fermentation, the grain used, and a few other factors, the resulting miso varies in taste, color, and texture.

I’ve only used white miso which I found at Sprouts.

White miso is milder and slightly sweeter than other varieties of miso.

a gray bowl with Sauteed Soy Sesame Spinach & Onions

What does miso taste like?

Still on the fence about miso and wondering what it tastes like?

Well, to me, miso is the epitome of umami. It is salty, tangy, and savory all at the same time.

It adds layers of flavor to the dishes it is used in and it seems to enhance the flavors of individual ingredients in a dish.

Ingredients to make this miso glazed cod:

As a result, I figured I would make a super easy glaze with miso and 4 other ingredients.

Much like the miso glaze I used on the sweet potatoes; this one is also made by combining white miso with soy sauce (or Tamari) and freshly grated ginger. But, instead of adding in vinegar, agave, water, and sriracha, I kept things simple and used honey and chili flakes.

table set with pan with Cod and a bowl with Sauteed Soy Spinach & Onions.

I chose to serve this miso glazed cod fillets with some sauteed spinach and onions – for a quick, tasty, and nutritious weeknight dinner.

If you love fish or are abstaining from meat during Lent, then please do check out the variety of fish available at Sprouts.

And, during select weekends in February and March, Sprouts will be hosting in-store Seafood Showcase events where you can find sustainable specialty and seasonal selections.

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Miso Glazed Cod with Sauteed Spinach and Onions

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

In this Miso Glazed Recipe, buttery soft cod is pan sauteed in a spicy sweet miso glaze and served with soy and ginger spinach and onions. This is a nutritious and tasty one-pan dish that you can easily make at home with just a handful of ingredients.

Ingredients

For the Sauteed Spinach and Onions

  • 2 tbs Oil
  • 1 red onion
  • ½ tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 2 tsp soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1 tsp white sesame and 1 tsp black sesame
  • Chili flakes to garnish

For the Miso Glazed Cod

  • 1 lb. cod
  • 2 tbsp Oil (to coat bottom of the pan)
  • 2 tbsp white miso
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or Tamari
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes

Instructions

  1. First, peel and chop up the onion (I chopped it so there were long thin pieces)
  2. Peel and grate a knob of ginger using a Microplane grater so you have ½ a tsp (for the
    spinach) and 1 tsp (for the cod) of freshly grated ginger.
  3. Add oil to cover the bottom of a pan and place over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion to it and saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Then add in the ginger and saute for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add in the frozen spinach and saute until it is heated through (about 5 more minutes or so).
  7. Then add in the soy sauce and sesame seeds and toss until all ingredients are mixed well.
  8. Remove from the pan and place in a bowl. Cover and set aside until cod is cooked.
  9. Let's make the miso glaze by mixing the white miso together with the honey, soy sauce, and ginger together very well.
  10. Then add in the chili flakes and mix well.
  11. Rinse and pat dry the cod and cut it into individual serving pieces.
  12. Then brush one side of the pieces of cod with the miso glaze.
  13. In the same pan that was used for the spinach, add in about 1 tbsp of oil and very
    carefully, swirl it around the bottom of the pan.
  14. Add in the cod, with the miso-glazed side down, and let saute about 4-5 minutes so the miso glaze caramelizes and the cod is cooked.
  15. Brush the other side of the cod with the miso glaze and flip cod to cook on the other
    side as well. Let cook another 3-4 minutes or until cod flakes easily when prodded with a fork.
  16. Serve cod warm with spinach and onions.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 349Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 62mgSodium 1367mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 5gSugar 11gProtein 33g

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Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

We love cod so I'm all over this dish. It looks flavour packed, Shashi and it needs to happen soon. I already know hubby and I will love!! Hope you're doing well, my friend :)

David @ Spiced

Monday 15th of February 2021

I do really enjoy cod, but I have to admit that I've only cooked with it a couple of times. And those times are usually just making fish and chips. This miso version sounds delicious! I second your decision to put the bathroom project aside in favor of this recipe!!

Helen @ family-friends-food.com

Monday 15th of February 2021

So many great flavours in this dish! Tasty and nutritious - love it!

Caroline

Monday 15th of February 2021

I love what a great umami flavor miso gives to dishes and it pairs so well with fish. This looks like a wonderful meal.

Dannii

Monday 15th of February 2021

I am always looking for new ways to enjoy white fish and this looks delicious. I can't wait to try it.