Tilapia Baked with Miso

Tilapia Baked with Miso

Tilapia is the most common fish that I can get around here that’s easy to prepare, easily found and affordable. So it’s a staple in our freezer especially since I found the kind that are individually flash frozen fillets. They are really convenient especially when you just want something quick and only need a fillet or two.

Anyway, last summer when we went to California to visit my family where a visit inevitable leads to a road trip. We were debating to drive up north to visit more family and maybe sneak in some sonoma wine tours akin to the movie Sideways. But then we realized we’d have the kids with us, so ended up in Vegas instead.

Wait…. what kind of twisted reasoning is that, you say? Well, it’s not as bad as it sounds and the kids actually have a great time in Vegas. For one, their grandma is there and the hotel pools are always a great distraction for them. Vegas is really quite more family friendly than you think!

Anyway, when in Vegas, we always have to have our fix of Oxtail Soup at the California. But if you’re in Vegas for a week, you can’t have oxtail soup every night. So for a change, after finding ourselves at the California late at night and hungry again, we decided to try something different.

Baked Fish with Miso at California Hotel, LV

That’s when I tried the halibut and swordfish with miso. I was hooked after the first bite! It was something different, and yet so simple that I knew I could make it at home.

I think this recipe works best with more substantial fish like halibut or swordfish. The tilapia was ok, but for me, it just didn’t have enough body to it. It carried the flavor wonderfully though!

My photos suck, but you get the idea, and it really did taste much better than it looks

Miso baked Tilapia with Pasta and Fried Zucchini


Tilapia Baked with Miso
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 2-3
Tilapia fillets baked with miso sauce.
  • 2-3 Tilapia fillets
  • 2 Tablespoons Miso paste
  • ¼ cup Mirin
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Lay the tilapia fillets on a foil covered baking sheet
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning to your taste.
  4. Slather the mixture over the fish fillets and bake for 20 minutes or just until the fish is done and the miso is bubbly and slightly browned.


You can get Miso paste (fermented soybeans) and Mirin (Japanese cooking wine) at most Asian markets.

For other unique ways to bake fish, check out these recipes:

Baked fish in parchment with lots of veggies is an easy meal in a bag.

For the fullest of flavors, try baking a whole fish with garlic chili sauce.

If you love fish tacos, then try out this Blackened Fish Tacos for a healthier, baked version than the usual fried.



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One comment on “Tilapia Baked with Miso
  1. Dexie says:

    ooh, i think i’ll try this with catfish, hehe. it has mroe meat than tilapia fillets 🙂

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