Alaska Sablefish with Ginger-Lime Sauce

Pan-fried Alaska sablefish paired with a bright ginger-lime sauce and cucumber noodles makes for a fresh spring dish.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time minutes
Total Time 26 minutes

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Seafood
Keyword: Sablefish

Servings: 4


Alaska Sablefish

  • 1 lb. Alaska sablefish fillet skin-on, cut into 4 pieces
  • ½ hothouse cucumber unpeeled
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 6 small cloves garlic uncut

Ginger-Lime Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tsp garlic chopped
  • 2 – 3 Thai bird chiles or 1 serrano chile chopped
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp ginger minced
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp water


  • Step 1: Make dipping sauce
    Place the garlic, chiles, sugar and ginger in a mortar and pound into a paste. Transfer to a small mixing bowl and add the fish sauce, lime juice and water. Set aside 15 minutes before serving.
    Seed cucumber and cut into long, thin strips about the thickness of angel hair pasta. Add cucumber slices to Ginger-Lime Dipping Sauce and set aside.
  • Step 2: Prepare fish
    Heat vegetable oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Cook fillets until golden and just done, 2 to 3 minutes per side depending on the thickness. Halfway into the cooking, add whole garlic cloves and cook until soft. Remove fillets and garlic and drain on paper towels.
  • Step 3: To serve
    Arrange fillet on serving plate. Scatter cooked garlic cloves on top. Remove cucumbers from Dipping Sauce and neatly place on fillet. Drizzle some sauce over top and serve the remainder on the side.


Recipe courtesy of Chef Mai Pham, Lemon Grass Restaurant
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