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Mike’s Red Chermoula Black Cod

Aromatic and Buttery

Mike’s Red Chermoula Black Cod

Printable Version

Prep: 15 mins  |  Total: 30 min
Serves: 4

Mike Rosenholtz

Mike Rosenholtz

Mike Rosenholtz’s Red Chermoula recipe made him a finalist for the 2018 Member Recipe Contest, and more importantly, landed him the title of Sauce Boss amongst the Sitka Salmon Shares team. Around the time he became a member, he got into sauce-making. He would make a new sauce each week and pair it with all the lovely fish he was receiving. This unintentionally became a sauce tournament of champions as the best ones were remade and remade. This sauce is the one he keeps coming back to. It works well with any fish, and we paired it this time with black cod. The aromatic tanginess of this sauce contrasts nicely with the buttery texture of the black cod.


  • For Sauce:
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Fresno or other slightly hot chile, diced
  • Small handful of cilantro (about 1/4-1/3 of bunch), thick stems removed and the rest chopped fine
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika (Hungarian or smoked Spanish)
  • 1 tsp hot paprika (Hungarian or smoked Spanish)
  • 0.5-1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar or juice of half a lemon
  • 4-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 anchovy fillet, rinsed and minced (optional)
  • half a preserved lemon rind (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • For the Black Cod:
  • 1 pound black cod fillets
  • 2 tablespoons high heat oil such as canola
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)


Prepare Chermoula

Combine all sauce ingredients except the olive oil in a small bowl. Whisk in the olive oil, season to taste with salt and pepper, and set aside.

Sear Black Cod

In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season black cod with salt & pepper and sear, skin-side down for 4-5 minutes or until skin is crisp. Flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until cooked through.


Serve the black cod by topping it with a generous serving of Mike’s chermoula sauce.

Mike's Pro-Tip: To get the crispiest skin, dry the black cod fillets with paper towels before searing.

Make it a Meal: Pair with roasted smashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, and a nice chardonnay.

Make It a Meal

Crispy Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Roasted Smashed Potatoes

Prep: 5 mins  |  Total: 60 min
Printable Version


  • 2 pounds medium yellow potatoes, cut in half
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Generous pinches of salt & pepper
  • Chopped parsley or chives (for garnish)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

Place potatoes into a medium saucepan and add cold water up to 1 inch above the potatoes

Bring potatoes to a boil (about 5-7 minutes), then simmer until the potatoes are almost cooked through (about 15 minutes)

Drain potatoes and lay them out on a baking sheet with room between the potatoes

Using a fork, press down on each potato half until it is smashed about half way down. Don’t worry if you over smash! Any small bits of potato will crisp up nicely

Drizzle the olive oil all over the smashed potatoes and season generously with salt & pepper. Move the smashed potatoes around a bit so that the oil gets underneath them

Roast in the oven until the potatoes are crispy and browned, about 30 minutes. Garnish with parsley or chives (or both) and serve

Sautéed Garlic Spinach

Sautéed Garlic Spinach

Prep: 5 mins  |  Total: 15 min
Printable Version


  • 1 pound fresh spinach (2 large bunches), rinsed and dried with the thick stems cut off
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • Juice of half a lemon


Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat

Saute garlic slices in the oil until golden brown, about 3 minutes

Remove garlic slices from the oil and set aside to be used as a garnish

Add spinach to the hot oil and cook, stirring constantly until the spinach is just wilted, 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt & pepper during cooking

Remove spinach from skillet and place in a serving bowl. Squeeze lemon juice over the spinach and garnish with reserved garlic chips

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- with Chelsea Mcleod -

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