How to Cook Sablefish? 7 Delicious Recipes

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If you keep an interest in cooking and trying out new recipes, this article is for you. Here, we have compiled some of the best sablefish recipes that you must try out if you are a seafood lover. These recipes are easy to cook, flavorful, and will leave your guests or family content.

So without wasting any more time let’s just give you all an intro to what exactly sablefish is and how can you prepare the best sablefish recipes with simple ingredients available at your home.

1. What is Sablefish?

If you love eating salmon, I am sure you will love sablefish too. Also, popularly known as “black cod” and “butterfish”, sablefish is a fat and flaky white fish that is very similar to salmon.

They come with slim and enlarged bodies and are covered with small scales. The fillets are tender and buttery that feel soft and flavorful while eaten.

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The taste and texture of this fish are luxurious and come with a hefty price; however, it is a great fish enriched with numerous health benefits and is often served in premium seafood restaurants.

A perfect sablefish dish is a great way to treat your guests and family on a special day.

2. The Delectable Sablefish Recipes to Try

Here is a list of some of the best and most amazing recipes for sablefish to try at home. I can assure these top recipes will certainly grow your love for this wild-caught Alaskan seafood.

2.1. Baked Sablefish

It is one of the simplest recipes of all and the perfect way to boost the original flavour of the black cod, and you can serve this dish with jasmine rice or white rice and some stir-fried veggies.


  • Soy sauce
  • White vinegar
  • Ginger & garlic powder
  • Sugar
  • Wasabi
  • Black cod fish
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  • For the marination sauce, whisk together soy sauce, ginger and garlic powder, rice vinegar, a pinch of sugar, and wasabi.
  • Pour the sauce over the sablefish and let it allow to marinate for at least an hour or two.
  • Gently, rub the marination over the fish and set the fish on an oiled baking dish.
  • Put the fish into the oven, and meanwhile, pour the marination sauce into a pot and start simmering the sauce on a low flame until it thickens.
  • As soon as the sablefish is baked and out of the oven, brush the marination sauce onto the fish.
  • Serve the sablefish immediately, and the hot flavorful sauce takes the dish to the next level.

2.2. Pan-Seared Sablefish with Tomatoes 

This is one of the simple but delicious recipes served with cherry tomatoes, white wine, and shallots and prepared completely on a stovetop.


  • Sablefish
  • Lemon juice or vinegar
  • Salt
  • Yellow grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
  • Garlic cloves
  • Shallots
  • Cooking wine
  • Green onions
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  • Marinate the sablefish fillet with some salt and lemon juice or vinegar. The acidity of lemon helps to cut down the fattiness of this rich fish.
  • After marinating for at least half an hour, cook the fish fillet on a pan with a quick sear, and cook each side of the fish to a golden brown crust.
  • Once done, keep the fillets aside, and on the same pan add some cooking wine and work up the tomatoes, garlic, and shallots.
  • Slow-cook the ingredients until all are reduced with the white wine.
  • Lastly, add some fresh green onions, and it’s done.
  • Serve the smeared fillet along with the white wine sauce and enjoy the deliciousness.

2.3. Honey Garlic Sablefish with Broccoli

This is one of the premium quality recipes that is garlicky, sweet, and savory. It goes best with fresh broccoli and can be prepared within 30 minutes.


  • Alaskan sablefish
  • Neutral-tasting oil
  • Fresh garlic & ginger
  • Broccoli florets
  • Sesame oil
  • Honey
  • Salt
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Coconut aminos
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  • For the sauce, mix the sesame oil, red pepper flakes, garlic ginger crushed, coconut aminos, honey, and salt.
  • Braise the sablefish fillets with the sauce and leave it for at least half an hour for marination.
  • Also, braise the broccoli florets with the sauce and keep it aside.
  • Once the fish is marinated, heat a skillet and grease it with a neutral-tasting oil.
  • Set the marinated fish on the skillet once it’s hot and nice.
  • Cook the fish on a high flame until both sides of the fish turn crusty brown and the meat of the fish is perfectly cooked.
  • Keep the cooked fish aside and on the same pan, stir fry the marinated broccolis until soft and crisp.
  • Serve them hot with a glass of fine red wine and your dinner is sorted.

2.4. Mediterranean-Style Sablefish

If you are a sucker for Mediterranean cuisine, this recipe is for you. This is one of the fanciest as well as most nutritious recipes that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home.


  • Black cod fish
  • Green and black olives
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon
  • Minced garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Parsley
  • Salt & pepper
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  • Place the black cod fillets on a baking dish while preheating the oven to 400F; on the other hand, take a large bowl, and toss together the cut tomatoes and bell peppers with lemon juice, salt, olive oil, pepper, parsley, minced garlic, and green & black olives.
  • Pour the tossed veggies onto the fish fillets and spread everything evenly.
  • Set the baking dish in the oven for at least 20 minutes or until the desired texture you want; once done, remove the baking dish from the oven, garnish with fresh basil, and serve hot.
  • You can serve the dish with brown rice or quinoa. Moreover, this dish goes very well with roasted baby potatoes and pasta.

2.5. Cumin-Crusted Sablefish

Cumin and sablefish go hand in hand and this is one of the amazing recipes to try out if you are a cumin lover. The recipe is super simple and the addition of cumin adds a distinctive and nice earthy flavor to the black cod fish.


  • A tsp of cumin seeds
  • Salt & ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Chopped parsley
  • Lime juice
  • Sablefish fillets
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  • Firstly, start the process by preheating the oven to 375F.
  • Next, cook the cumin seeds on a moderate flame for 2 to 3 minutes until the cumin seeds are finely toasted and the colour changes to dark brown.
  • Once the cumin seeds are roasted, cool them down slightly and then grind the seeds with salt and pepper in a coffee or spice grinder.
  • Rub the cumin mixture gently on both sides of the sablefish fillets.
  • Add olive oil to a pan, set the fish fillets, and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until they look crusty and brown.
  • Once done, set the fish on the baking tray and bake it for 4-5 minutes at 375F.
  • Before serving, garnish the fish with fresh parsley and squeeze some lime juice.
  • This sablefish recipe goes best with grilled veggies including asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, and baby potatoes.

2.6. Miso-Marinated Sablefish

One of the very unique and delicious recipes to try is the miso marinated sablefish. Although the dish sounds fancy, it is quite easy to prepare with no compromise on the taste.


  • Skinless black cod fillets
  • Sugar
  • White miso
  • Mirin
  • Sake
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  • Start by preparing the marination by bringing 3 tsp of mirin and sake to a boil.
  • Once the mixture starts boiling, turn the flame to low and whisk half a cup of white miso; cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it gets dissolved.
  • Next, turn the heat up and add half a cup of sugar. Remove from the heat and bring the mixture to room temperature.
  • Once it is cooled, marinate the sablefish fillet with the miso mixture and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  • Wipe off the extra marination and broil the fillet until it gets brown on both sides. You can also grill the sablefish fillets.
  • Serve it with some sticky rice and grilled veggies and you are good to go.

2.7. Sablefish Brulee

If you love cooking with beer, this dish is a must-try. One of the most flavorful recipes, this dish is an absolute favourite with a sweet and tangy bite.


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  • On medium-low heat, bring two bottles of beer to a light simmer.
  • Make sure not to boil the beer; keep stirring periodically until the beer is reduced to one-third.
  • Remove the beer from the heat and let it cool down completely.
  • Once the beer is cooled down, mix the grated ginger, minced garlic, pomegranate juice, dark soy sauce, and cranberry sauce into the reduced beer.
  • Meanwhile, set the fillets on a baking dish, top them with the prepared sauce, cover the baking tray using a cling fling, and let it refrigerate for at least 3 hours. For the best result, marinate it for 24 hours.
  • Next, preheat the oven to 375F and braise it for at least one hour.
  • Make sure to brush each side of the fillet every 15 minutes so that it does not dry up.
  • On the other hand, mix the brown sugar and granulated sugar in a small bowl and set it aside; once the sablefish is cooked perfectly, garnish the cooked fillets with the sugar mixture.
  • Lastly, with the help of a kitchen blowtorch, melt the sprinkled sugar until it develops a crusty topping.
  • Serve hot and I am sure you are going to thank your tastebuds.

End Note

Try these amazing sablefish recipes and tell me how the dish turned out in the comment section. Also, we are always open to new ideas; so share some of your favourite and delicious recipes to try at home. 

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    Suman Mukherjee

    April 27, 2023

    I was planning to eat sablefish and the recipes in this article seem very interesting and I definitely want to try them out.

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