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Miso Glazed Sea Bass

Our Miso Glazed Sea Bass is a fusion of Japanese and Chinese culinary flavors.  We used the savory, sweet-salty flavors of Japanese miso paste and the tongue-tingling taste of Chinese green Sichuan pepper oil to create a delicious marinade for these moist, buttery fillets. 

A simple marinade of white miso paste, honey, lime juice and the zing of green Sichuan pepper oil magically packs a layer of flavor on these fillets.  The glazed fillets are baked to perfection with moist, flaky fish beneath the caramelized crust.

A serving of Miso Glazed Sea Bass on rice with baby bok choy

If you have never tried using miso in your culinary creations, this easy recipe is a great place to start.  We like using miso paste with our fish as you can see with our miso teriyaki black cod and our ginger-miso glazed salmon.  Another recipe I recommend for a special event dinner is sake-red miso glazed sablefish with wasabi emulsion, it takes a little advance prep work but well worth the extra time and guaranteed to WoW your dinner guests.  

What is Miso Paste?

Miso paste is a Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans blended with a mold called koji. Salt barley or rice are also included. Rice produces a somewhat sweet white miso. Barley produces a darker, more intense red miso.

This savory paste adds an umami flavor to anything from fish, poultry, salad dressings, soups, marinades and even desserts. I hear tell that a touch of miso in a batch of brownies is awesome! We used white miso in the marinade for these Chilean sea bass fillets and added a measure of green Sichuan pepper oil that adds a unique element to the filets.  We added a finishing drizzle of the pepper oil over the top of each fillet at serving.

A dish of Miso glaze with a whisk, sichuan oil in foreground and limes in background

What is Green Sichuan Pepper Oil?

This zesty pepper oil is used extensively in Chinese cuisine in the province of Sichuan.  The Chinese make this spicy oil from the seed husks of the pink ash shrub.  The fragrant oil is an essential ingredient in many Sichuan dishes.  The oil is not chili-hot but gives a slight mouth-numbing and tough-tingling sensation.

The oil can also be used as a finishing oil. Try drizzling a few drops on the top of a bowl of pumpkin soup for instance. The Sichuan peppercorn is one of the ingredients in the Chinese five-spice powder. 

Where To Purchase Green Sichuan Pepper Oil:

Green Sichuan pepper oil is a specialty seasoning ingredient and most likely not in your neighborhood grocery stores. This unique oil was a gift to me by my daughter, Kelly, and she purchased it from the website 50Hertzfoods.com. Additional brands are available at amazon.com. It may also be available in the Asian markets, although I have not checked that out.

two portions of miso glazed Chilean sea bass

How to Prepare Miso Glazed Sea Bass:

This is a brief run-down of the recipe. The marinade is easy and pretty straightforward, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe card and full instructions. If you are using more than two fish fillets just increase the measurements accordingly.

  1. Combine the white miso paste, honey, fish sauce, pepper oil and lime juice.
  2. Add the fish to a dish and pour the marinade over them. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Place the fillets on a parchment-lined, rimmed baking pan and spoon additional marinade on them.
  4. Bake until the fish becomes flaky when pierced/twisted with a fork (see recipe card for details).
  5. Drizzle additional pepper oil and a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top of the caramelized fillets at serving.

Two portions of baked miso glazed sea bass

One caveat….the miso will begin to caramelize within 8-10 minutes and the marinade surrounding the fillets will begin to burn, no problem, just turn on the vent fan. lol

close up view of flaky sea bass on rice, with a fork

How To Check The Miso Glazed Sea Bass For Doneness:

Sea bass is a rich, fatty fish and very forgiving if a little overcooked. I test one of the fillets by piercing it in the thickest part with a fork and giving a little twist.

When done it will flake easily and be opaque in appearance. A meat thermometer will register 140-145°F. This one from ThermoWorks will register in one second so you don’t have to hold the oven door open for long.

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Sea bass on a bed of white rice.

Miso Glazed Sea Bass

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Our Miso Glazed Sea Bass is a fusion of Japanese and Chinese culinary flavors.  We used the savory, sweet-salty flavors of Japanese miso paste and the tongue-tingling taste of Chinese green Sichuan pepper oil to create a delicious marinade for these moist, buttery fillets. 

Ingredients

For the Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons white miso
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan pepper oil, plus more at serving
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 sea bass fillets, 8-oz. each
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds

Instructions

For the Marinade/Glaze:

  1. In a small dish, whisk together the miso, honey fish sauce, pepper oil and the lime juice.  
  2. Place the sea bass fillets in a shallow dish and spoon the marinade over them.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To Bake the Fish:

  1. Heat the oven to 400°F
  2. Remove the fish from marinade and place on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.  Spoon additional marinade over each fillet.  Bake for 15-18 minutes. 

To Serve:

  1. Place a fillet on a mound of hot jasmine rice and drizzle with a few drops of pepper oil and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

Notes

  • If using thinner fillets adjust the bake time accordingly.
  • To test if your fish is done, pierce it with a fork at an angle, at the thickest part of the fillet and give it a little twist. If it is done it will flake easily and its appearance will be opaque. Cook to an internal temp of 140-145°F.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 2154mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 30g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third-party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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John / Kitchen Riffs

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Such a great dish! I make a somewhat different recipe -- have to try yours. And need to get Szechuan peppercorn oil -- love the idea of that. Thanks!

Dahn Boquist

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Thanks John, yes, I think you would like the peppercorn oil.

angiesrecipes

Monday 4th of October 2021

Love that szechuan peppercorn oil! The fish looks flaky and succulent. angiesrecipes http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com

Dahn Boquist

Monday 4th of October 2021

thanks Angie

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