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5 from 6 votes

Broiled Black Cod (Sablefish) with Sweet Chili Sauce

This broiled black cod (sablefish) is cooked until tender and flaky, and is served with an easy, homemade sweet chili sauce.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 204kcal


  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari Use gluten-free certified if needed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (white or brown)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (red chili paste) Or substitute red chili flakes (much hotter, use 2 tsp) or Gochugaru pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces sablefish (black cod) Or substitute salmon


  • Whisk or blend together vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, garlic powder, sambal oelek, and cayenne (if using).
    Marinate sablefish in sauce for at least 30 minutes, or overnight. (Refrigerate while marinating.)
    Marinate the Black Cod in Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Move an oven rack to about 4" away from the broiler. Preheat broiler to high.
    Brush oil in an oven-safe pan or casserole dish. (Sablefish can be large, make sure the pan or dish is long enough.)
    Use your fingers to brush the marinade off of the sablefish and move it to the prepared pan. Reserve marinade.
    Slide the pan into the oven.
    Cook sablefish for 9-10 minutes per 1" thickness, or until the fish easily flakes apart with a fork.
    Sablefish is very delicate and flaky: do not flip the fish halfway through cooking.
    Add Black Cod to an Oiled Oven-Safe Pan
  • While the sablefish cooks, pour the marinade into a small pot.
    Heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil, and then simmer for 2-3 minutes, lowering heat if necessary. Remove from heat and cover the pan to keep the sauce warm.
    Bring the Marinade to a Boil + Simmer to Thicken
  • When the sablefish is done cooking, remove it from the oven and brush the sweet chili sauce over the fish. Divide the remaining sauce and serve it on the side or drizzled over side dishes (like rice or vegetables.)
    Serve the fish immediately.
    Brush Black Cod with the Sweet Chili Sauce


Spice Level: As written, this recipe is slightly spicy.  (It's somewhere between mild and medium.)  If you prefer more spice, swap the sambal oelek (red chili paste) for an equal amount of red chili flakes (medium heat), or use both sambal oelek and red chili flakes (hot).


Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 2031mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1373IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg