By Saiyed M. Fauzan Ali

The Somewhat Sweet-Tasting Swimmer known as Black Cod or Sable Fish belongs to the family ‘Anoplopomatidae’. They have long, shiny and elongated bodies, and are approximately 30 inches in length. They are nearly 10 pounds in weight, and have a dark grayish green skin with black scales, which is why they are often called ‘Black Cod’. Ounce for Ounce the buttery pearl white meat of the Black Cod contains high levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Lee, 2015), 2.8g in a six Ounce of serving, and other essential minerals. This amazing catch of the day can be added to your diet in the form of baking, broiling, frying or grilling.

Black Cod contains moderate levels of protein. An 85g of cooked Black Cod provides you approximately 14.61 grams of Protein and over 200 calories. A book published by Mary Grosvenor and Lori Smolin in the field of medical sciences proved that Protein plays a significant role in the improvement of immune health, which prevents the body from various infections (Grosvenor and Smolin, 2015). Moreover, it also enhances your metabolism. A health study published by Kirpal Sindhu from the Institute of Environmental Toxicology at the Michigan State University confirmed that Fish Consumption promotes the ingestion of high-value proteins and Omega-3, which improves heart health, reduces hypertension, and strengthens the metabolism. Moreover, it was revealed that Black Cod contains an acceptable amount of Omega-3, which seems to meet the daily requirement set by the American Heart Association (AHS) (Sindhu, 2003).

In the year 2015, Dwayne the Rock Johnson confessed of consuming over 800g of Black Cod on an annual basis. Keeping Dwayne’s build in mind, this should be a good enough reason for you to add Cod to your daily diet. If not, then a health study published by Monica Mollica, a famous Nutritionist from Sweden might convince you. The study revealed that Omega-3 ingested on a daily basis improved the basal metabolic rate (BMR) by 14 percent, increased the levels of energy during exercise by 10 percent, improved fat oxidation or ‘Fat Burning’ during exercise by 27 percent, and 19 percent at rest. Moreover, the 14 percent improvement in the basal metabolic rate (BMR) was interpreted as an increase in the energy levels by 187 calories per day (Mollica, 2016).

These facts provide enough reasons for you to consider adding Black Cod/Sablefish to your daily diet. A three-ounce serving of the Cod ingested daily will do miracles for your health. You might also want to consider having Black Cod as a Post Workout Meal, the slightly sweet flavor of this amazing seafood means you can spice it up in what way you like.  Just remember to keep every post workout meal a fresh and tasty experience.  Cheers!!


Grosvenor, M.B., and Smolin, 2015. Visualizing Nutrition: Everyday Choices. Wiley.

Lee, E.S., 2015. A flood of health functional foods: what is to be recommended?. Journal of menopausal medicine, 21(1), pp.12-18.

Mollica, M., 2016. Fish Oil on Effects on Body Composition & Fat Burning. A+ A.

Sindhu, S. K., 2003. Health benefits and potential risks related to consumption of fish or fish oil. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, 38(3), pp.336-334.