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Grilled Black Cod with Herbed Butter

Grilled Black Cod with Herbed Butter

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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

How to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.  
  3. Preheat the grill to 400. 
  4. Lightly cover both sides of the fish with the olive oil (1 teaspoon per fish) and place it into the fish grilling basket.  
  5. 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.  
  6. 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.
  7. Serve.
  8. Eat. 
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