Tender flaky roasted cod with a sweet miso glaze. You can make this in less than thirty minutes and the family will thank you, guaranteed!

roasted cod on a plate with lemons and salad

Cod is such a great fish to buy for an easy dinner. It’s not that expensive, it’s easy to cook and tastes buttery and delicious! There are many ways to cook your favorite fish like poaching or pan frying like this cod in a citrus basil sauce, but roasting it in a really hot oven is my favorite. This roasted cod is topped with a sweet miso glaze and tastes like something you might order at a high end restaurant, seriously it’s that good and flaky! Many people still end up feeling a little intimidated when they have to cook fish but cod along with salmon are two of the easiest types of fish to cook. If you need some extra tips, check out my other post all about how to cook cod.

ingredients needed

  • Cod– Fresh is best but frozen will also work, just make sure to let it thaw out completely and then pat it dry with paper towels as frozen fish tends to hold some water. Too much water will make the fish steam rather than roast and it’ll be harder to get that perfect sear. Also always try and get a thick even cut of cod, try and avoid the thin pieces of the tail end.
  • Miso paste– White miso paste is what I used and you can usually find it in the produce section by the vegetarian meats.
  • Brown sugar.
  • Soy sauce– I like to always try and use low sodium just because of my salt intake.
  • Sesame oil– A little goes a long way and the flavor makes things taste incredible. I recommend always having. bottle of this in your fridge at all times!
  • Garlic– Minced is perfect.

ingredients for miso glaze in small bowls

how to cook roasted cod

  1. Making the miso glaze

    This glaze is very simple. Just combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside until you need to glaze the cod

  2. Preparing the roasted cod

    The cod will be roasted in the oven but first you need to get a nice sear on it. This is done by heating a good non stick oven proof pan on the stove to a high heat. Add the oil and the gently place the cod into the pan.

  3. Let the cod cook for a few minutes then turn it over. Glaze the cod with the miso and then transfer the pan to the hot oven.

  4. The cod will cook quickly so keep an eye on it. I like to brush some more glaze on top a few times because the flavor is amazing!

miso glazed roasted cod on a plate

tips to make the best roasted cod

  • Use a good non stick pan that can be heated to a high heat and also be used in the oven. Cast iron is a great choice.
  • Leave your cod at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before roasting.
  • I like to place my cod under the broiler for the last 2-3 minutes to get a nice caramelized glaze on top.
  • After the cod is cooked place a tablespoon of butter into the pan and baste the fish with it for that extra indulgent flavor.

FAQ’s about cooking cod

What is the correct temperature of cooked cod?

Aim for 145 degrees at its thickest part.

How do I know my cod is cooked?

If you don’t own a thermometer, then the fish should flake easily when pressed with a fork.

Are cod and haddock just the same fish?

Not really. Cod is thicker and more firm so good for searing and grilling. Haddock is softer and flatter and great for deep-frying and fish and chips.

What if I can’t find cod, is there another fish I can use?

Halibut is a close choice to cod, though halibut will cost considerably more.

check out these other fish recipes

Roasted Cod with Miso Glaze

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: foodnessgracious
Tender flaky chunks of roasted cod topped with a sweet miso glaze
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  • 8-12 oz cod filet
  • 1/4 cup white miso paste
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the miso paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and garlic.
  • Place a non stick pan on the stove over a high heat gas burner.
  • Add the olive oil and then add the cod top side down.
  • Sear for 2-3 minute and then turn the cod over.
  • Brush the top of the cod generously with the miso glaze and then transfer the pan to the oven.
  • Roast for 6-8 minutes brushing with more glaze if desired.
  • Take the cod from the oven and check for doneness. The fish should feel firm when pressed and flake easily with a fork.
  • Serve at once.

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