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Ginger-Honey Sablefish

  • Sablefish (black cod)
  • Rice bowl / Grain bowl
  • Wheat/Gluten free
  • Heart healthy
  • Grace Parisi
  • Active Time:30 min
  • Total Time:30min
  • Servings:2
  • Difficulty:Easy
Photo by Julia Gartland

This quick and easy sablefish recipe comes together in the time it takes to cook rice—about 20 minutes. Look for a mild honey, like clover or tupelo so it doesn’t overpower the delicate fish.


  • ¼ cup honey

  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce or tamari

  • ½ teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon finely grated garlic

  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 1 portion sablefish (9 to 12 ounces), cut into 2 pieces Available In Our Premium Subscription Box

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ pound asparagus, trimmed

  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed, plus more for drizzling

  • Steamed rice for serving


Make the Glaze

Preheat the oven to 425°F with a rack in the upper position. While the oven preheats, in a small microwave-safe cup, combine the honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Microwave on high power until very hot, about 20 seconds. Alternatively, combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring just to a boil. Set aside.

Prep the Fish and Asparagus

Season the sablefish very lightly with salt and pepper. Arrange the asparagus on a small baking sheet. Drizzle with neutral oil and season with salt.

Roast the Asparagus and Fish

Roast the asparagus on the upper rack until crisp-tender and lightly browned, 10 to 14 minutes.

While the asparagus is roasting, in a medium ovenproof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon neutral oil over medium-high heat. Add the sablefish, skin side down, and press lightly with a spatula to set the skin, about 1 minute.

Finish and Serve

Brush the top of the fish with some of the honey mixture. Transfer the skillet to the oven next to the asparagus and roast,, brushing the fish 2 or 3 times with more of the honey mixture, until cooked through and 135°F on an instant read thermometer, 10 to 12 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillet.

Serve the sablefish with steamed rice and roasted asparagus, drizzling any remaining honey glaze over the fish.

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Pro Tips

Pair it Up

To echo the sweetness of the honey, serve an off-dry riesling, gewürztraminer, or grüner veltliner.

Spice It Up

Next time you’re at your favorite Asian market, look for spicy chili crisp—fried garlic chips and dried chiles in oil. Stir some into the honey glaze in place of the garlic and red pepper flakes, before brushing over the fish.

Change It Up

Stir-fry rice with scallions and asparagus and fold in any leftover sablefish for a simple seafood fried rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or drizzle with sesame oil before serving.


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