Saturday, November 21, 2020

Sablefish With Ginger Soy Glaze

I had never heard of Sablefish (Butterfish, Black Cod - they are all the same thing), likely because they come form the depths of the Northern Pacific Ocean and not likely to show up in our local supermarket here in the south.  However, several pieces came in our recent shipment from Sitka Salmon Shares and I decided to give one a try using the suggested oriental recipe.  They sent a recipe with the fish but I opted for a similar one from The Nourish Evolution as I had all of the ingredients.  Their recipe is for four pieces of fish so I divided everything by three to get the one below for my single piece.

This shot is from her site to show how the fish flakes.

Sablefish With Ginger Soy GlazeAdapted from Nourish Evolution


1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1/3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2/3 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp grated fresh ginger (I used 1/3 tsp powder)

1/3 clove garlic, grated (I used 1/8 tsp powder)

1 sablefish filet (mine had the skin on)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 tbsp canola oil

2/3 green onion, thinly sliced (white and green parts)


1. Combine first 7 ingredients in a right sized dish. Add sablefish, turning to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes.

2. Remove fish from dish and reserve marinade. Sprinkle fish evenly with salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add canola oil and lay fish in pan, skin side up.

3. Cook 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned and to desired degree of doneness. I cook fish to a 130F internal temp.

4. While fish cooks, pour reserved marinade into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 7 minutes, or until marinade is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. 

5. Plate the fish skin side down, brush with glaze, and garnish with sliced green onions.  

I served it with the last of my Creamy Swiss Cheese Cauliflower.

The Verdict:
I forgot the green onions but I thought the fish was OMG delicious even though I got the top a little browner than I wanted.  The marinade/glaze was a flavor I really enjoyed and I can see why it is called “butterfish” as it flaked into pieces about the size of a pat of butter and they were moist, tender and delicious.  I look forward to cooking the rest of it when my girls return from Florida.  It might be worth having the Sitka shares just to get the Sablefish.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


11/17/20 meal date


  1. wow I love how flaky this looks I never even heard of this fish but it looks like Chilean Sea Bass yum!

    1. I believe I read it's similar to the Chilean Sea Bass.

  2. Larry, I'd heard of sablefish, black cod and butterfish before...but I didn't know that they were one and the same. Looks great! Nice and flaky...and I'm guessing mild too. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  3. Are you eating Pat's fish while she's gone??? :) That sablefish is totally unbelievable in texture. My first bite I said to Bob, "I can't believe it's not butter" I just saw on Facebook that someone made the Honey garlic marinade from their website and thought it was the best recipe for sablefish they had tried so far. I'll make that one next.

  4. The only way I've made it is the Nobu style. It's really good too.

  5. I've never had sablefish before but will definitely be on the lookout for it! The flavors of the ginger soy glaze sound amazing!


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