Umami Packed Black Garlic, Miso and Citrus Marinade

Umami Packed Miso, Black Garlic and Citrus Marinade

This Umami packed marinade recipe is a perfect match for sea bass, chicken (thighs or breast) and pork chops. Layers upon layers of umami goodness and versatile substitutions to help use what you might already have in your pantry.




  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1/4 cup mirin cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup dry, filtered sake 
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil (if using olive oil, do not use extra virgin)
  • 2 shallots diced (Substitution: 4 green onions chopped)
  • 6 cloves black garlic, chopped or mashed
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice. (Substitution: Rice wine vinegar or lime juice)
  • 1 T orange zest. (Substitution: lime zest)
  • 23 T white miso paste


  1. Whisk together all liquid ingredients and miso paste until paste is fully dissolved. No chucks please.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk.
  3. Pour over protein and marinate 4-6 hours. Take a chill pill, don’t rush.


Pip Tip: Appropriate on sea bass, pork chops, chicken thighs or chicken breasts. If we’re being appropriate:)

Pip Tip: Dissolve that miso, and dissolve it good.


Keywords: marinade, soy sauce, miso, black garlic, umami, poultry marinade, pork marinade, fish marinade, sea bass marinade, citrus marinade