I have been eating my fair share of cod the past couple of months and I LOVE it! Black cod has quickly become one of my favorite fish to cook on the grill as well. This recipe for Grilled Black Cod with Herbed Butter is a really quick as well as easy meal to have on the table in no time.
Disclosure: This post is in partnership and sponsored by Sitka Salmon Shares. As always all opinions expressed are 100% my own.
When I received my shipment from Sitka Salmon Shares last month there was an abundance of black cod. I had never cooked with it before and was eagerly excited to try it. After a bit of research, I was surprised that most of the recipes I found all had an Asian flair to them. Don’t get me wrong, I love all those flavors but wanted to do something different.
As I mentioned I had never cooked with black cod before but I have had at sushi restaurants and it is one of my favorite fish. I love the sweet and buttery flavor. Black cod is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids more than any other fish found in Alaska. This is something our doctors have told us to add to our diets so I was equally as excited to start enjoying it.
After some delicious trial and error, I nailed this recipe for grilled black cod. What I really like is the slightly smokey flavor that mingles with the buttery flavors of the fish. It is so good. The herbed butter just compliments the dish while adding a bit of richness to the recipe. The first time I worked on this recipe I made a butter sauce which was nice but I found the compound butter slowly melting over the grilled fish to be even better.
The compound butter is loaded with chives and lemon zest. I also use unsalted butter as I lightly salt the cod about twenty minutes before grilling. Make the butter earlier in the day and forget about it while it does its thing in the refrigerator. I take it out when I light the grill and it is the perfect temperature when it is time to serve.
I am not very good at cooking fish on the grate of the grill so I use a fish grilling basket. If you are better than I am then grill the cod right on the grate. Otherwise, a fish grilling basket is a great tool to have.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as it is perfect for summertime meals! Light and refreshing as well as easy to make.
Recipe: Grilled Black Cod with Herbed Butter
- 2 black cod filets – they were 8 ounces each
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- kosher salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons finely minced chives, if you can find with the flowers it is extra special
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- fresh cracked black pepper
- Place the butter, chives, and lemon zest into a small bowl and mix with a fork. Add a bit of black pepper, to taste. Place the butter mixture onto parchment paper and roll into a log and then put it into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or longer to marinate the flavors.
- 30 minutes before grilling, take the fish out of the refrigerator and lightly salt on both sides. Also, remove the compound butter from the refrigerator.
- Preheat the grill to 400.
- Lightly cover both sides of the fish with the olive oil (1 teaspoon per fish) and place it into the fish grilling basket.
- Place the grilling basket onto the grill, skin side down, and cook for about 5 minutes. Flip the basket over and continue cooking until flakey. It doesn’t take long at all so please watch it. I prefer it a little more undercooked than overcooked.
- Remove from the grill and let sit for a couple of minutes. Remove the fish from the grilling basket and place it onto a serving plate. Top with some of the compound butter.