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Pan fried Cod in Lemon & Ishiri sauce

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

10 Minutes


2 Servings



About the Recipe

If you've never come across ishiri sauce, it is a traditional soy sauce substitute which is only made in one part of Japan. It has a pungent aroma like a very strong fish sauce and a little goes a long way. The umami effect of adding a little ishiri to a sauce is remarkable and combined here with lemon, it creates a delightful, grown up, taste experience.


2 cod fillets, approx. 280g

3 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp ishiri sauce

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp sugar

1 asparagus spear for a garnish


cut each cod fillet in half and coat with the plain flour

slice the asparagus diagonally

heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the cod & asparagus for 5 

minutes with the lid on

remove the asparagus and set aside for garnishing

turn the cod over and fry for a further 4-5 mins then remove

put the ishiri sauce, lemon juice and sugar into the same pan and cook until the sauce starts to bubble

spoon the half of the sauce onto the middle of each plate, then place the two pieces of cod on top

garnish with the asparagus

serve with a bowl of Japanese rice

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