Steamed whole blue cod with miso
24th April 2012

Steamed whole blue cod with miso

By Lauren Photography by Adam

This Easter I spent a lot of time thinking about traditions and rituals of both other cultures and my own.  My Dad comes from a big catholic family.  Fish on Fridays was something he grew up with.  Just the other night he was telling me stories of cycling home after Alter Boys on a Friday night, having picked up fish and chips for tea, the hot newspaper-wrapped parcel firmly tucked under one arm.  Although fasting was supposed to give one spiritual focus, he just appreciated the opportunity to enjoy a hot meal of fatty, salty, fried goodness!

With Easter now behind us, something a little lighter and less chocolate-like can only be a good thing.  This is a simple yet delicious way of enjoying a fish dinner; I served it up with rice and roasted eggplant.


Serves 4
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  • 2 whole blue cod (~500g each), scaled and gutted
  • 50g peeled fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 lemon, washed and finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 long red chilli, finely sliced
  • 1/3 cup white miso paste
  • 1/3 cup cooking sake
  • 2 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal, plus more to serve
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp sweet soy
  • Fresh coriander to serve


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    • 1. Wash fish and pat dry. Stuff each fish with lemon slices and ginger pieces.
    • 2. Place fish into steaming dish (if using steam oven) or lined bamboo steamer (for stovetop).
    • 3. Mix together the garlic, chilli, miso, and cooking sake and pour over fish. Sprinkle over spring onions.
    • 4. Steam for approx 20 minutes, until fish is cooked through.
    • To serve, drizzle fish with sesame oil and soy sauce, sprinkle over fresh coriander and extra spring onions.


    1. Ange

      Yum – this sounds delicious. I think an early visit to the Farmer’s Market might be in order to snaffle up some whole blue cod :)

    2. Lauren

      Thanks Ange! Yes, I think the Farmer’s Market is the perfect place to find some blue cod. I hope you enjoy the recipe :)

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