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Garlic Black Cod

Super simple and super good. I’ve been making this dish in different kinds of donabe and the dish is always a great success. It’s a sizzling dish of generous amount of garlic etc. and oyster sauce marinated black cod, finished in the oven. Minimum effort is required to execute the dish, so it’s a perfect dish to cook for your guests at a dinner party. And everybody loves it!

The tagine-style donabe , Fukkura-san, with its flat skillet bottom, cooks the ingredients most effectively. Or, you can also use other kinds of donabe (dry-heating capable is preferred), too. For a small serving, I also like to use my compact one-handle donabe , Izakaya Nabe. Happy Donabe Life!


Fukkura-san Large


3 - 4


  • 1 1/4 lbs (600 g) black cod filet or your choice of fish, cut into 2” (5 cm) wide or so
    1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoons Ayu Fish Sauce or Asian fish sauce (such as nampula)
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 green onions, cut 1” (2.5 cm) long crosswise
  • 1 shallot, quartered
  • 6 oz (180 g) oyster mushrooms
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly-sliced at an angle
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • A pinch thinly-sliced dry chili
  • Chopped cilantro


  1. Sprinkle both sides of the fish with the sea salt and let rest for 20 – 30 minutes. Pat dry well. Transfer to a resealable bag or a bowl.
  2. Mix the oyster sauce, fish sauce and sake well and pour over the dish. Let the fish marinade for 30 minutes. 
  3. Combine the olive oil, garlic, green onion and shallot in the donabe and set over medium heat. Sauté for a few minutes or until aromatic. 
  4. Add the fish (with the marinade), followed by the mushrooms and carrot. Drizzle the sesame oil. Transfer to a 460F (230F)-degree oven and cook for 12 – 15 minutes. 
  5. Sprinkle the chili and some cilantro on top and serve at a table.

Besides Fukkura-san, you can make this dish with any different kinds of donabe (dry-heating capable donabe is suggested)! You can change the cooking amount according to the donabe size.

This is cooked with Bistro Donabe.

This is a small amount cooked in Izakaya Nabe!


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