Blackened Pacific Cod Reuben Sandwich

Blackened Pacific Cod Reuben Sandwich
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. 

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*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
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