It is difficult to find wild sablefish here in the US because the bulk of the catch is exported to Japan. When you do find it, it is hugely expensive. We would argue that Kyuquot Sound farmed sablefish gives its wild cousin a run for the money.
Kyuquot Sound sablefish are raised in partnership with First Nations peoples. They are fed an FAO-certified organic feed and are harvested using a Japanese method that reduces stress. Further, the company raises shellfish downstream, which filters the waste, and kelp, which purifies the water.
Despite its common name (black cod), sablefish is not a member of the codfish family and cooks differently from cod. Its high fat content makes it both flavorful and very forgiving when cooked. Sablefish is also high in polyunsaturated fat, perfect for low-cholesterol diets. It has milky white flesh and a buttery texture. Moderate mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb. for $29.50
½ lb. for $14.75
-- Nobu's Black Cod / Sable with Miso (Nobu Matsuhisa / Food and Wine)
-- Slow Roasted Black Cod with Red Chermoula (Bon Appétit)