Unleash the Umami
Umami, the often forgotten fifth taste, means "pleasant, savory taste" in Japanese and can be found in a variety of foods ranging from mushrooms to cheese. Miso Glazed Cod is packed with umami flavor thanks to the miso paste and mirin. Although it requires a few specialty ingredients, this dish is really simple to make and worth the unique items (which can be found in the Asian section of most grocery stores).
Miso Glazed Cod
Makes 1 Serving
1 (6 oz) cod fillet
1 tbsp. white miso paste (check for gluten, some varieties are made with barley)
2 tsp. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. toasted seasame oil
1 tsp. mirin(Japanese cooking wine; check brand for gluten)
1. In a small bowl (be sure it's large enough to fit the fish), whisk together miso, brown sugar, seasame oil, and mirin until sugar dissolves.
2. Place cod in bowl, turning to coat entire filet in marinade. Cover with aluminum foil and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.
3. Preheat broiler. Line a small baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
4. Place fish on baking sheet (reserve marinade) and broil 3-4 minutes or until the top is slightly charred.
5. Remove fish from oven and brush with remaining marinade.
6. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and cook until fish is flaky by moist, 5-6 minutes.
Nutrition Information--approximately 220 calories, 3g fat, 32g protein