Mike’s Red Chermoula Sablefish (Black Cod)

Mike’s Red Chermoula Sablefish (Black Cod)

Aromatic & Buttery

Mike’s Red Chermoula Sablefish (Black Cod) | Sitka Salmon Shares

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Total time: 30 min
Serves: 4


  • 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 teaspoon sweet paprika (Hungarian or smoked Spanish)
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika (Hungarian or smoked Spanish)
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or juice of half a lemon
  • 4-6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
  • 1 anchovy fillet, rinsed and minced (optional)
  • Half a preserved lemon rind (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Sablefish:
  • 1 pound sablefish (black cod) fillets
  • 2 tablespoons high heat oil such as canola
  • Salt and 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 Sablefish

In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Season sablefish with salt and 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 sablefish by topping it with a generous serving of Mike’s chermoula sauce.

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

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

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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.

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