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Honey Lime Sablefish Recipe

This honey lime sablefish, also known as black cod, is topped with a spicy jalapeño and fresh corn salsa for a healthy but incredibly flavorful and easy meal.

I hated fish as a kid.

Like to the point of screaming tantrums when my parents would try to get me to eat it.

It just completely grossed me out and I downright refused to eat any of it.

Honey Lime Sablefish

I actually worked myself into the one and only asthma attack I’ve ever had in my life during a shrimp stir-fry dinner (no joke, emergency drive to the doctor at 8pm, EpiPen and everything) which resulted in everyone thinking I was allergic to shellfish until about 8th grade.

While I still will scream like a 4 year old girl if a fish gets to close to me in the water (you can imagine my reaction when snorkeling in Tahiti on our honeymoon and an eel popped out of a rock about 1 inch from my face), I’ve since more than made up for the fact that I spent the first 14 years of my life as a seafood hater.

I’m even a raw oyster fanatic as of late.

So when I was in Alaska last month and one of our first group dinners involved black cod (sablefish), I was kind of surprised I’d never heard of it or had it.

Sure, I’ve heard of and eaten plenty of cod (air fryer cod and air fryer fish sticks being two of my favorite ways to enjoy it!) before but black cod, aka sablefish, is not the same.

One bite into the sablefish at dinner and I was hooked.

It had an Asian flavored sauce on it and just pretty much melted in your mouth.

The fishermen we were eating with talked to us about how it was a locally caught wild fish they sometimes enjoy (when not eating salmon) as a delicacy almost and I knew I had to find a way to get some at home.

Honey Lime Sablefish with Jalapeno Corn Salsa

What Is Sablefish?

Sablefish is a deep sea fish native to the North Pacific and get this, has the same levels of omega-3s as wild salmon.

Ironically, right before I left for Alaska, Sizzlefish sent me their Paleo Prime Plus collection (all wild-caught and loaded with healthy omega-3s) to try out, among which was some sablefish filets.

I threw it in the freezer, more excited about the Coho and Sockeye salmon in the box than anything else, went to Alaska a week later, tried sablefish for the first time and completely forget I had just received some at home buried deep in the mess that is my freezer basket.

Poking around a few weeks later for chicken breasts (which I didn’t have) I stumbled upon it again and immediately took it out to thaw.

Honey Lime Marinated Sablefish

Making This Sablefish Recipe

It’s a buttery, flaky and relatively mild fish that stands up super well to a strong marinade.

I chose to serve the fish with a spicy sweet corn jalapeño salsa since it’s the end of summer.

This mango habanero salsa or a pineapple habanero salsa are two other great summery options as well.

I can also envision it just as well over some comforting polenta or grits in the winter for a heartier dish.

I will never give up wild salmon as my favorite fish, but sablefish has really impressed me with its taste and nutritional profile when I’m more in the white fish kinda mood.

Can’t find sablefish? Use cod or halibut for this recipe. Or, try this blackened cod recipe or cod piccata instead.


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Honey Lime Sablefish Recipe

This honey lime sablefish, also known as black cod, is topped with a spicy jalapeño and fresh corn salsa for a healthy but incredibly flavorful and easy meal.
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Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Servings 2 servings


For the Fish

  • 12 ounces sablefish 2 filets
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • salt and pepper

For the Jalapeno Corn Salsa

  • 1 ear of sweet corn
  • 1 jalapeno sliced into thin rings
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime


For the Fish

  • Whisk the honey, sesame oil, soy, lime juice, salt and pepper together in a large bowl.
  • Place the sablefish in the marinade, turn to coat, cover and refrigerate for 1-4 hours, turning half way through.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place marinaded filets on the parchment and bake for about 7-8 minutes until flesh is opaque and just cooked through.
  • While fish cooks, pour the marinade from the bowl into a small sauce pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently until reduced and thickened.
  • Brush the thickened marinade onto the fish once out of the oven.

For the Jalapeno Corn Salsa

  • Prepare the salsa by cutting off kernels from the ear of corn and combining them in a small bowl with the remaining salsa ingredients.
  • Serve fish immediately with salsa.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 787kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 36g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 564mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 43g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Main Dishes
Keyword honey lime sablefish, sablefish recipe, sablefish with jalapeno corn salsa

*While Sizzlefish sent me some of their product to try, this is not a sponsored post, I just really loved the fish!

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

This fish sounds so delicious! What a great marinade -- and the corn is the perfect accompaniment. Yay!


Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Honey lime fish with corn and jalapeño salsa... count me in! I love all types of seafood and fish, just not mussels, squid, clams and oysters. Basically nothing that is chewy!

Julie | Small Green Kitchen

Monday 31st of August 2015

I've always loved seafood but not when it's in the water with me! One time, when I was about 13 years old, a friend of mine and I were in shin deep water in the Gulf. No joke - 3 sting rays surrounded us. We started screaming and ran so fast out of the water. It took me years to get comfortable enough to go in the ocean again and to this day, I've probably only been in the ocean water a handful of times in the past 20 years!

This meal looks wonderful, Gina. I've never had sablefish but I'm a huge sucka for any tender, flaky flavorful fish. The honey lime sauce and the jalapeno are nice touches to this dish!

Katie / katiesfitscript

Monday 31st of August 2015

What a unique recipe!! I can't wait to try!!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living

Monday 31st of August 2015

Sablefish is one of my favorites - it's not easy to find in our neck of the woods so great to learn of a reliable online source.