The Best Copycat Nobu Miso Black Cod

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Bring the fancy restaurant vibes home with this copycat Nobu miso black cod recipe that’s super easy to make, a third of the price, and just as delicious as the real thing if not better!

Nobu Miso Black Cod Copycat

Nobu has nothing on me and this copycat miso black cod recipe that I’m so excited to share because it tastes just like the real thing if not better! Made with simple ingredients like coconut aminos, white miso paste, fresh ginger and honey and

My take on the super popular fish dish from Nobu simplifies the recipe and includes a few ingredient swaps for slightly more nutritious ones. Cooked in less than 10 minutes in the air fryer (or oven), I like pairing it with brown rice and a shaved carrot salad for an awesome weeknight meal.

Best Copycat Nobu Miso Black Cod

I know there are a lot of copycat recipes on the internet but I gotta say I like mine the best because the ingredients are simplified and the method could not be easier. Most versions call for an overnight marinade for the fish, but you don’t need to do that with my recipe for it to taste absolutely delicious! I also made slightly more nutritious swaps like honey for sugar.

This at home copycat Nobu black cod miso recipe has quickly become a weekly staple in our house because it’s so easy and but feels a little fancy and fun. I like pairing it with brown rice and a simple shaved carrot salad I toss with rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.

How to Make Miso Cod Like Nobu

You will be so pleasantly surprised at how much this homemade version tastes like the real thing from Nobu and one of the reasons it does it because it’s made in the air fryer. Air frying the fish allows it to get a little bit crispy on top which really resembles the version from Nobu.

Although I’m partial to making fish the air fryer because I think it comes out so well, you can definitely bake a broil this recipe to achieve the same crispiness on top.

Is Cod Good for You?

Yes, cod, black cod and most other fish are definitely beneficial to our health. Fish is a good source of protein and healthy fat as well as other vitamins and minerals like XX and XX.

Tips for Buying Cod

It’s important to note that cod and black cod are two different types of fish. In this case we are looking for Sablefish aka black cod. Ask at the fish counter of your grocery store if you don’t see it and choose wild-caught MSC certified if possible. The MSC certification means that the fish came from fisheries that have been certified to a standard of sustainable fishing.

I typically have no problem finding MSC certified Sablefish at my local Whole Foods.

Ingredients for Miso Black Cod

  • Black Cod aka Sablefish — at your grocery store check the fish counter for sablefish — that’s what it’s typically called at the store.
  • Coconut Aminos — this soy sauce swap works really well in this recipe. I like that it’s a bit thicker and stickier than soy sauce, which helps it really cling on to the fish!
  • White Miso Paste — most grocery stores now carry miso paste — you can do so many things with it from marinades like this one to salad dressings and more.
  • Fresh Ginger — fresh ginger adds so much zest and flavor!
  • Honey — my version is refined sugar free and uses honey instead of sugar.

For the shaved carrot salad:

  • Carrots
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Sesame Seeds

Equipment / utensils

  • air fryer / convection oven setting
  • whisk
  • vegetable peeler


Nobu Miso Black Cod Copycat

Best Copycat Nobu Miso Black Cod

Bring the fancy restaurant vibes home with this copycat Nobu miso black cod recipe that's super easy to make and just as delicious as the real thing if not better!
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 Whisk/Fork
  • 1 air fryer
  • 1 grater
  • 1 vegetable peeler


For the Fish:

  • 2 4-oz. Sablefish filets
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp. white miso paste
  • 3 tsp. fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp. honey

For the Shaved Carrot Salad:

  • 3-4 large carrots
  • 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds


  • In a small bowl whisk together the coconut aminos, white miso paste, honey and fresh ginger.
  • Coat the fish filets in the marinade, cover and refrigerate for 30 minute to an hour. If short on time you can definitely skip this step and it will still turn out very flavorful.
  • Drizzle or spray a little bit of avocado oil on the top of the fish and cook the fish in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 6-9 minutes depending in the size of the filet.
  • While the fish is cooking use a vegetable peeler to shave thin ribbons of carrot into a bowl. Toss with rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and sesame seeds.
  • Serve fish over rice with the carrot salad and enjoy!


** If making this recipe in a regular oven I recommend broiling it on medium for about 10 minutes keeping a close eye on it. This will help it get a little crispy on top. I think you could also use the convection setting on your oven and then broil it at the end but I haven’t tried that!
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