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Everything You Need to Know About Sablefish Black Cod

Sablefish black cod is one of our favorite types of fish. Also known as butterfish, this seafood has a rich, buttery taste and texture unlike any other seafood we’ve tasted. But if you’re interested in buying black cod, take care to understand the difference between black cod and “true” cod. While both are delicious options for your next workday lunch of weekend dinner, there are some important differences between the two.

Regardless of which type of cod you want, Lummi Island Wild should be the place you buy it. We’re proud to offer a diverse range of sustainable options, including sablefish and Pacific cod, to meet all your seafood needs – all while supporting responsible fishing practices.


What Does Sablefish Taste Like? 

Sablefish black cod is notably different from Pacific or “true” cod. The fillets have a pearly white color that turns golden-yellow when cooked. The texture is velvety smooth, and the flakes are large but delicate. We think the flavor borders on pure butter but with a rich, sweet finish, thanks to the fish’s high oil content. Available year-round and with a unique flavor profile, black cod is a great choice for that upcoming birthday dinner, romantic evening, or family dinner.


Where to Buy Sablefish 

Sablefish isn’t a specialty seafood, which means you can likely find it at a grocery store or seafood market. That said, we don’t recommend buying from most of these chain retailers. Sablefish is a very oily, buttery fish, which means it should be frozen immediately and consumed shortly thereafter. Grocery stores have a longer supply chain than online retailers like Lummi Island Wild. This means it will take quite a bit longer for grocery store black cod to hit your plate.

By contrast, Lummi Island Wild ensures your black cod is as fresh as possible. Line-caught at a depth of almost 2,500 ft, our black cod are frozen at sea to preserve freshness. The cod remain frozen while processed into fillets, and our seafood always ships frozen. Because the fish stays frozen for its entire journey to your doorstep, it retains more freshness than fish from retailers with longer supply chains. Perhaps most importantly, sablefish black cod is among the most popular items we carry at Lummi. With such high product turnover, you can rest assured that your fish will always be fresh – not languishing in a freezer before shipping out.


Choose Lummi for Your Next Seafood Feast

If you’re looking for a reputable online retailer to buy sablefish black cod, look no further than Lummi Island Wild. Our fish are always sustainably harvested and carefully packaged. That said, we understand if you don’t want to take our word for it. We admit: We may be biased. So, rather than telling you ourselves, consider the following reviews for our cod products. We promise – you won’t be disappointed.

Pheme (verified owner) – 08-22-2020

Fabulous! I made Milk Street’s recipe for Roast Cod with Tahini-Herb Butter. So delicious. Delivery was perfect. Have 2 friends on board to order from Lummi Island.

Lauren (verified owner) – 07-10-2020

My favorite fish to buy and cook at home. Nothing beats it.

Stephen Colen (verified owner) – 05-20-2020

The best tasting cod ever. Understandably called butter fish. Great blackened. A new favorite for a long time Nantucket fisherman.