The Origin and Art of Japanese Rice

The history, types, and applications of Japan’s most essential ingredient.

  • Serves

    serves 4

  • Cook

    23 hours 30 minutes


By Dan Q. Dao

Updated on June 28, 2021


  • ½ cups Suntory Haku Vodka
  • ½ cups mirin
  • 1 cup white miso
  • ¼ cups organic honey
  • 2 tbsp. yuzu extract
  • Four 4-oz. sea bass fillets, with skin
  • One 5-in. square piece of kombu
  • 2 cups steamed white rice, for serving


Step 1

In a medium bowl, stir together the Suntory Haku Vodka and mirin. To a second medium bowl, add the miso, then, slowly drizzle in the vodka-and-mirin mixture a little at a time while stirring to create a smooth paste. Stir in the honey and yuzu extract.

Step 2

Pat the fish dry, then transfer to the bowl of marinade and turn the fillets a few times to generously coat. Transfer to a wide container, lay the kombu over the fish, and cover tightly with plastic wrap or a lid. Transfer to the fridge and marinate for at least 2 and up to 3 days.

Step 3

When you are ready to cook the fish, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 4

Remove the fish from the container and wipe away any excess marinade. Arrange the fillets skin-side down on a large rimmed baking sheet, then transfer to the oven and bake until just cooked through, 8–10 minutes. Serve hot, with steamed white rice.

Enjoy Responsibly. Haku® Vodka, 40% Alc./Vol., ©2021 Beam Suntory Import Co., Chicago, IL.

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