Building a Ramen Bowl: Miso Mahi-Mahi

Ramen is a little bit of art swirled into some of the most amazing cuisine you'll ever enjoy. No two bowls ever need to be the same and that's the beauty of it. Particularly during cold and damp months, I tend to have ramen on my menu nearly weekly! Sometimes I have chicken in my ramen. Sometimes shrimp. Sometimes tofu or steak. But one of my absolute favorites to add is Miso Mahi-Mahi.

Mahi-Mahi is a firm, white-fleshed fish that plays so very well with other flavors. It makes it the perfect choice for a bath in a miso-based marinade. This one blends the salty umami flavor of miso with sweet dark brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger to make for a piece of fish that has a lot going on. And, after cooked, you can easily flake it into your ramen bowl with a fork or pair of chopsticks. Then, dig in and enjoy!

Because this fish doesn't reheat well, feel free to divide or multiply the recipe as needed to make what you need and not more. Then again, if there's a little bit more, it's easy enough to just have that too!

Miso Mahi-Mahi

  • 1 tablespoon miso paste
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce (I used a mushroom soy sauce, but you can substitute regular soy sauce if a darker, thicker variety isn't available)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger root
  • 12 oz. fresh Mahi Mahi
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Combine the first 6 ingredients (miso paste through grated ginger root) and add fish to re-sealable freezer bag. Marinate the fish for at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours before cooking.

To cook, heat the toasted sesame oil in a nonstick, heavy bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fish, letting any marinade drip off the fish before adding it to the pan. Pan fry the fish for 5-7 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fish. The fish is done when the flesh no longer appears translucent and it can be flaked easily with a fork.

  • Yields: 2-3 servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes plus marinating time

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