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Seared Cod with Black Garlic Sauce

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

Tomatoes make a tangy contrast to the sweet, umami-rich black garlic sauce and delicate, buttery cod. Serve with sautéed vegetables, such as bok choy.


  • 3-1/2 oz. (7 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 9 cloves black garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbs. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. Sriracha
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 6-oz. skinless cod loin fillets
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup quartered cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. black sesame seeds (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 350
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 220
  • Fat (g): 25
  • Saturated Fat (g): 13
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 120
  • Sodium (mg): 240
  • Carbohydrates (g): 5
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 28


  • In an 8-inch skillet, melt 3 Tbs. of the butter over medium heat until the foam subsides. Add the garlic and cook until soft enough to mash with the back of a spoon, about 1 minute. Add the lime juice, vinegar, Sriracha, and 1/2 tsp. salt, and continue to cook for about 2 minutes to meld the flavors. Transfer to a blender, add 1/3 cup water, and blend until smooth. A few small bits of garlic are fine.
  • Melt 2 Tbs. of the butter in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the cod fillets dry and season all over with salt and pepper. Place 2 fillets in the skillet and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining 2 Tbs. butter and 2 fillets.
  • Meanwhile, reheat the sauce in the 8-inch skillet until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Whisk in the sesame oil until emulsified. Divide the sauce among 4 shallow bowls. Nestle the fish into the sauce, top with the tomatoes, cilantro, and sesame seeds (if using), and serve.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • biorep1 | 02/23/2019

    Outstanding recipe. I live in NJ and know a garlic farmer that does black garlic. Their website is njgarlic.com.They told me the website is under construction but they will send out if you write them

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    llinares1 | 04/12/2018

    Sauce: the flavor of the sauce was delicious. we could not find the black garlic but it was still great. for a work night, it was more tidious than I like but not bad for a more leisurely evening. i would recommend doubling or tripling the recipie to have extra. The fish took a little more than 3 minutes per side but that's probably dependent on the size/thickness of the fish.

    will definitely try again, hopefully we will find the black garlic, even in Seattle Whole Foods its hard to find.

  • klsh | 09/03/2016

    My entire family loves this recipe. Delicious and so easy. We like this with Sea Bass

  • Choclit | 08/16/2016

    Excellent flavor and very easy to make!

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