We featured this sustainably farmed sablefish a couple of times last year, and it was a hit. Sadly most of the wild sablefish is shipped to Japan, making it too expensive and hard to find here in the US. In any case, Kyuquot Sound farmed sablefish is excellent and gives wild sablefish a run for the money.
Kyuquot Sound sablefish are raised near Vancouver Island in partnership with First Nations peoples. The fish are fed an FAO-certified organic feed (no hormones, no GMOs), and they 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), it is not a member of the codfish family. Its high fat content makes it extremely flavorful and very forgiving when cooked. Also to its credit, sablefish is high in polyunsaturated fat which is good for low-cholesterol diets. It has milky white flesh and a buttery texture, and it can be cooked in many ways. Our favorite recipe is Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Black Cod with Miso. Moderate mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb for $23.75
-- Nobu's Black Cod/Sable with Miso (Nobu Matsuhisa / Food and Wine)
-- Pan-Seared Black Cod with Morels and Asparagus (Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles / Tasting Table)