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Blackened Pacific Cod Reuben Sandwich

Blackened Pacific Cod Reuben Sandwich Recipe
Photo by Rachael Martin

This Pacific cod recipe takes the classic Reuben sandwich and adds a Cajun flair that takes it to the next level. A little spice and a lot of flavor, this dish really takes dinner and kicks it up a notch.

Blackened Pacific Cod Reuben Sandwich | Sitka Salmon Shares

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Total time: 30 min
Serves: 2


  • For coleslaw:
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of celery seed
  • 1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For chipotle sauce:
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sauce from chipotle peppers in adobo
  • ¼ lime, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • For the fish:
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 2 (4-ounce) Pacific cod fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • For serving:
  • 2 slices swiss cheese (optional)
  • 4 slices marble rye bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or non-dairy alternative)


Make Coleslaw

In a medium bowl whisk 2 tablespoons mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, and celery seeds. Add shredded cabbage and stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. 

Make Chipotle Sauce

In a small bowl whisk ¼ cup mayo, 2 tablespoons adobo sauce, lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon garlic powder. Set aside. 

Prepare Fish

In a small bowl mix smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, oregano, cumin, salt, brown sugar, and cayenne. Pat pacific cod dry and then coat each fillet with a generous amount of the spice mix. 


Heat oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Place each seasoned fillet into the pan, cooking for about 3 minutes per side or until fish is no longer translucent. If using swiss cheese, place slices on the fish directly after flipping so it melts as the fillets finish cooking. 

Toast Bread

While the fillets are cooking, melt butter on a griddle or in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add slices of marble rye, toasting until browned. 

Assemble Reubens

To assemble, lay rye bread so the toasted sides face outward and layer each sandwich with chipotle sauce, coleslaw, and blackened Pacific cod. 

More Tips for Using The Fish In Your Share

White Wine Pesto

White Wine Pesto

Here’s a super simple marinade you can try with Pacific cod, or other whitefish like halibut, lingcod, or rockfish. This one comes to us from our fisherman, Jeff Farvour.

  1. Combine 1/4 cup pesto, 1/4 cup dry white wine, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, and 1/4 tsp pepper
  2. Rub onto fish and marinate over-night, or as long as you have time for, up to 8 hours (you don’t want to let the fish sit for too long)
  3. Bake or sauté until flaky and cooked through, about 5 minutes if sautéed, or 10 if baked at 350 degrees
  4. Serve with greens, asparagus or broccoli, and rice
Parmesan Crusted Pacific Cod

Parmesan Crusted Pacific Cod

Try this ludicrously delicious fish-fromage with Pacific cod, halibut, or lingcod. This tip is by our co-founder and Chief Fishmonger, Nic Mink. Nic knows how to make fish taste amazing! 

  1. Season 4 (8oz) pacific cod portions with salt and pepper, to taste
  2. Scramble one egg
  3. Put 1 cup finely grated parmesan into a shallow bowl
  4. Set aside 1⁄4 cup grapeseed oil
  5. Dip seasoned fillets in egg, shaking off the excess.
  6. Coat fillets in grated parmesan
  7. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Fry, flipping once, until golden brown and cooked through, 7-8 minutes total.
  8. Set on a paper towel-lined plate for 1 minute prior to serving.


*The information displayed is our analysis of the recipe based on its ingredients and preparation, and should not be considered a substitute for professional nutrition advice.

Blackened Pacific Cod Reuben Sandwich Recipe | Sitka Salmon Shares