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Grilled Sablefish Dressed with Herb Oil

If you’ve been to Foremost Seafood, you may have noticed some changes happening. We’ve expanded our square footage as well as started adding new products. With the expansion, we’ve also added in a new freezer merchandiser at our entrance. A majority of the products in the freezer are items that we carried before but we are excited that we now get to display these products making it easier for you to purchase.

We pride ourselves in providing all our customers with the freshest and most reasonably priced items, but there are many things that we carry that are frozen, but are extremely tasty. This month, we decided it was time to take a frozen fish and create a delicious but easy recipe.

All About Sablefish

Sablefish is also known as Black Cod or Butterfish. Don’t be fooled by it’s name though, Sablefish is actually not a part of the Cod family. With its velvety texture and buttery finish (hence the name Butterfish), Sablefish has a fattier meat than that of Cod. The texture of the meat can easily be compared to that of Chilean Sea Bass.

Sablefish is known to have high levels of Omega-3 oils even more so than that of wild caught Salmon. Omega-3 is very beneficial when fighting heart disease. Even though this fish comes to us frozen, the nutrients are still readily absorbed when consumed. Currently, we are bringing in Sablefish frozen and will be available year round.

The Recipe

The good thing about this recipe is that it can be used with a variety of fishes and not just Sablefish. Some other fish that you can use for this recipe is Halibut, Cod, Chilean Sea Bass, and even Salmon! Before jumping to another fish, give Sablefish a try first.

With frozen fish, such as the Sablefish, the best way to thaw it is by placing it into the fridge overnight. If you are in a time crunch, you can also place the fish in a tight sealed bag (comes in a vacuumed sealed bag) and place it in cold water. If you don’t have a tight sealed bag, you can place the fish in cold water, but you must pat it dry before you begin to cook it.


  • 1lb of Sablefish (cut in half)

  • Salt

  • ¼ cup extra- virgin olive oil

  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed and grated

  • 1-2 Tablespoon minced dill, thyme, basil, and mint


  • Thaw fish out. Once the fish is thawed, place the fish skin side down and add a little bit of salt to the meat of the fish. Let sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes.

  • While the fish is resting, place oil and garlic into a skillet and turn heat on to medium-low. When garlic starts to sizzle, remove the pan from heat and stir in the herbs and a pinch of salt. Let this mixture sit for about 10-15 minutes so that the flavors can blend together.

  • Preheat your grill to a high heat. If you are not using one of our BBQ fish baskets, you’ll want to gently grease the grill grates so that the fish won’t stick.

  • Place the fillets on the grill, skin-side down and close the grill lid. Cook for about 3-4 minutes and then flip them over and cook for another 4 minutes. Make sure to not over cook.

  • Once the fish is removed from the grill, drizzle the herb oil over the top of the fish.

  • Serve and enjoy!

At Foremost Seafood

After cooking the Sablefish, I was very impressed with the quality of the fish, even for a frozen product. The meat was nice and moist, even though there was no oil added to the fish itself while cooking. The natural butter flavor of the fish, really added to the dish as well. I paired this recipe with some steamed broccoli and cauliflower, but I think you can almost add any veggies to this meal.

Whether it’s frozen or fresh, at Foremost Seafood, our products are top notch. This recipe is great not only for Sablefish, but also a number of other fish as well. With as many options as there are for seafood, we’re sure that you’ll leave with something that you’ll like. Come on by our store front in Kettering, Ohio and check out our new expansion or give us a call at 937-298-1986 to place your order ahead of time. Sea you soon!

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