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Smoked Black Cod

This delicious Smoked Black Cod Recipe is dry brined before being slowly smoked on the pellet grill. Perfect for a smokey addition to a charcuterie board, or mixed into a delectable smoked cod dip.

Smoked Black Cod

Easy Smoked Black Cod

We love smoked fish around here, but for the most part, we tend to stick to our many Smoked Salmon Recipes, or when we’re really lucky we make smoked trout. 

If you are lucky enough to have access to freshly caught Black Cod, take full advantage because this is not only a fabulous fish to grill, bake, or saute – it also smokes really nicely. 

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Smoked Black Cod

What is Black Cod?

Black cod is also known as Sablefish, Butterfish, Coalfish, Alaskan Cod, and several other lesser-known knicknames. The abundance of names for this buttery, high-oil fish is due to its popularity in so many areas of the world. 

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It can actually be hard to come by in the US due to the immense popularity of this fish in Japan. Check your local fish market or fancy grocery store for availability, or make good friends with a fisherman.

Smoked Black Cod

How to smoke Black Cod

Black cod is very easy to smoke. This recipe is no exception.

  1. Brine the fish.
  2. Rinse the fish.
  3. Dry the fish.
  4. Let the fish develop the pellicle.
  5. Smoke the fish.
  6. Devour the fish.

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Smoked Black Cod

How to store Smoked Sablefish

Like any home-smoked fish, this should be promptly wrapped and stored in the fridge once it comes off the smoker. We like to wrap in plastic wrap and then store in a baggie or other sealable storage container. 

It will keep for 7-10 days if stored properly, but I recommend vacuum-sealing and freezing if you are not expecting it to be eaten within 2-3. 

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What should you serve with Smoked Black Cod?

Smoked Black Cod is great on a holiday charcuterie board, or served alongside some crackers and cheese as a stand-alone appetizer. 

Serve smoked whitefish with a Chablis or dry Riesling to help balance the savory smokey notes of the oily fish.

You can also make this into a fantastic Smoked Black Cod Dip too (recipe coming soon!)

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Yield: 6 servings

Smoked Black Cod Recipe

Smoked Black Cod

Delicious Black Cod filets are dry-brined and then slow-smoked on our pellet smoker for a buttery, tender whitefish that is perfect served with cheese and crackers!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Brine Time 4 hours
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds Black Cod filets
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. First, rinse your fish off with cold water and pat dry.
  2. Put all your dry ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.
  3. Lay your fish filets out on a large cutting board or some other clean, flat surface.
  4. Sprinkle the dry brine ingredients onto the fish. Make sure all sides of the fish are evenly coated with it.
  5. Cover the fish in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 3-4 hours. Well The longer it brines, the saltier it will be.
  6. Take the fish out of the fridge, unwrap, and rinse the brine off of the fish.
  7. Pat the fish dry, place on a cookie sheet and put it back into the fridge for 3-4 hours so the pellicle can form.
  8. Start your smoker and set it to 175 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  9. Place your fish on the grill and let smoke for 3-4 hours. 
  10. Pull the fish from the grill, and put it in the fridge to chill for an hour before saving.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 4807mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 26g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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