All of the mouth-watering, electrifying flavor, without the nutritionally void ingredients… Yup! That’s what this play on the classic Orange Chicken has except… no chicken is involved in the making of this, dare I say, dish that would put any Chinese takeout dish to shame! Instead, the “other white meat” is used, and I’m not talking pork either.

Genevieve Ashworth shows preparation in air fryer
Genevieve prepares the coated fish in the air fryer.

Enter, sablefish. Sablefish, also known as black cod, is a white fish that has a smooth yet sweet buttery consistency that melts in your mouth the second it touches your tongue. While sablefish is truly phenomenal paired with just the slightest bit of salt, when enhanced with flavors such as freshly squeezed orange juice, tamari sauce and crisped to perfection lightly coated in a flour-based batter, sablefish’s appeal catapults to a whole new degree of scrumptious. 

While these claims may seem a bit extreme, I invite you to try out this Orange Sablefish recipe for yourself. Report back in the comments below. I promise you, the amount of time it takes to make this sablefish recipe is about the time it would take for you to order Orange Chicken and have it delivered to your home. And because you make it yourself, you know precisely what’s in it. That’s always an advantage for those with food allergies or sensitivities.    

Orange Sablefish


For Fish Batter:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Flour
  • 1 Tsp Tapioca Flour
  • Orange Zest
  • 1 – 12 Ounce Sablefish Fillet (cubed)

For Orange Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari Sauce
  • Orange Juice (squeeze from fresh orange)
  • 2 Tsp Tapioca Flour
  • 1 Tsp No-Calorie Sweetener (or actual sugar)
  • ½ Tsp Ginger Powder
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ Tsp Chili Flakes
  • ½ Tsp No-Sugar Honey Substitute (or actual honey)


  • Scallions
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Orange Zest


  • Open the package of Vital Choice Sablefish. Cut the sablefish into cubes with a knife or scissors and set the chunks aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, coconut flour, tapioca flour, and orange zest.
  • Mix the ingredients together until a batter consistency is achieved.
  • Place the cubed sablefish into the fish batter and mix until completely coated with the batter.
  • Line an air-fryer bucket or tray with tinfoil or parchment paper, spray with non-stick cooking spray and pour the batter-covered fish into/onto the bucket/tray and place in the air fryer.
  • Air fry the sablefish hunks for 25 minutes at 400 degrees, turning mid-way through the process to achieve a balanced golden brown look.
  • While the fish is cooking, combine all of the ingredients for the Orange Sauce in another large mixing bowl and mix together until smooth.
  • When the fish is done, pour it into yet another mixing bowl, and then pour the Orange Sauce over the top. This is when the scallions, purple cabbage, and orange zest can be added as well. Mix everything together.
  • To plate and serve this “Orange Sablefish” pair with steamed asparagus or bok choy or serve atop a bed of leafy greens. Feel free to have some orange slices as well!

GiGi (Genevieve) Ashworth is a former competitive snowboarder and horseback rider that has since become a popular allergen-friendly food personality and cook across social media platforms, with a master’s certificate in Nutrition Communications from Tufts University.

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