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Saikyo Yaki Miso Marinade
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins

This is a basic marinade for Saikyo Yaki Fish, which is served at many great Japanese restaurants. Saikyo Yaki Miso Marinade is a sweet miso marinade that is so quick to make. Simply marinate fish or meat and grill it.

Recipe Type: Pantry
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: miso marinade, Saikyo Miso, Saikyo Yaki
Serves: 6 fillets (130g/4.6oz each)
Author: Yumiko
Ingredients (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)
Makes enough to marinate 6 x 130g/4.6oz fillet
  • 300g/10.1oz Saikyo miso (note 1)
  • tbsp sake
  • tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well ensuring that the miso paste is smooth with no lumps, sugar dissolved.
  2. To store in the fridge, place the marinade in an airtight container, cover the surface of the miso marinade with cling wrap (note 2), then place the lid on.

    Alternatively, place the marinade in a zip lock bag, remove air as much as possible (note 2) and seal. Keeps 4 weeks+.

Recipe Notes

1. Saikyo miso (西京味噌) is a particular kind of miso that is very sweet and has a creamy pale colour (see the photo in the post). It might also be sold as “shiro miso” (白味噌, white miso) due to its colour.

If you cannot find Saikyo miso or shiro miso, you can substitute it with brown miso. If you do, increase the amount of sugar to 30g/1.1oz.

2. Miso marinade can keep a long time in the fridge as long as it is not mixed with water. Covering the surface of the miso marinade prevents the dew that might form on the lid or inside the bag from touching marinade.

3. Please see the post Saikyo Yaki Fish (Saikyo Miso Marinated Grilled Fish) for how to marinate fish using Saikyo Yaki Miso Marinade.

4. Saikyo Yaki Miso Marinade can be reused 2-3 times. A small amount of water might come up due to the moisture from the fish/meat. Absorb the water using kitchen paper.

5. Nutrition of the marinade used for one fillet, i.e. 1/6 of the total quantity. However, the values below do not mean much as majority of the marinade will be discarded before cooking marinated fish or meat.

serving: 59g calories: 121kcal fat: 3g (5%) saturated fat: 0.5g (3%) trans fat: 0g polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g monounsaturated fat: 0.6g cholesterol: 0mg (0%) sodium: 1864mg (78%) potassium: 106mg (3%) carbohydrates: 17g (6%) dietary fibre: 2.7g (11%) sugar: 6.8g protein: 6.4g vitamin a: 0.9% vitamin c: 0% calcium: 2.2% iron: 7%

Originally published in November 2016. Rewritten in July 2019, split into two posts with recipes – this post (new) and Saikyo Yaki Fish (Saikyo Miso Marinated Grilled Fish).