Baked Cod With Crunchy Miso-Butter Bread Crumbs
Shiro miso, also known as white miso, is a fermented mash of soybeans and rice with an incredibly rich, sweet flavor that packs a punch. It pairs particularly well with ginger and garlic, and is combined here with those aromatics, butter and panko bread crumbs for a crisp coating. As it bakes, the miso crust caramelizes and forms an addictive flavor that elevates the mild cod.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1 ½cups short-grain brown rice
- 2tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2teaspoons peeled, grated ginger
- ¼teaspoon grated garlic
- 7teaspoons white (sweet or shiro) miso
- ¼cup canola oil
- ½cup panko bread crumbs
- 4(6-ounce) skinless cod fillets
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 1pound broccoli, tough stem removed, cut into thin 2-inch florets
- 1tablespoon lemon juice
Step 1Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium saucepan, combine rice and 2 1/4 cups water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer gently over low heat until all of the liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand (covered) for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
Step 2In a small bowl, using a spoon, mash together butter, ginger, garlic, 3 teaspoons of the miso and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Mix well, then fold in bread crumbs.
Step 3Arrange cod on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or foil. Rub with 1 tablespoon of the oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Using the back of a spoon or a butter knife, spread 1 teaspoon of miso over each fillet. Divide the miso-butter-bread crumb mixture equally and sprinkle in an even layer on top of each fillet, pressing gently but do not pack. Roast until top is golden and fish is cooked through to an internal temperature of 145 degrees, about 12 to 14 minutes.
Step 4In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add broccoli, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until crisp-tender and charred, about 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Serve cod with charred broccoli and brown rice.