My easy recipe for pan seared cod with lemon sauce is a quick weeknight dinner that is filled with flavor! Tender fish, golden brown crust, and a lemon, caper, and parsley sauce ideal for spooning over rice or pasta or sopping up with some crusty bread.
A blue casserole dish of thick cut cod with lemon sauce which has been cooked to a deep golden brown and protected with parsley, capers, and garlic.
I love thick-cut cod for dinner. It’s meaty, versatile, and low in fat. All of which makes cod a common in my dinner rotation. However it all of the time appears so simple, so I haven’t posted very many cod recipes here!
A few, like my parents’ all time favourite of my recipes: Oven Fried Cod with Cara Cara Salsa; and a huge Baked Mediterranean Cod (one dish meal!) have made the cut. But I actually have to share a few of my different cod recipes.
Luckily, for all fish recipe followers out there, I had been watching at my weight loss program and have decided to deliver my cooking additional in line with the Mediterranean Diet. I’ve all of the time taken inspiration from that diet, but it’s time to work additional Mediterranean weight loss program recipes into my life and into my cooking blog.
What Does It Mean To Follow The Mediterranean Diet?
More vegetarian/vegetable recipes
More simple, fruit ahead desserts
So, I had been running on fish and seafood recipes, grain bowls, salads, vegetable soups, and fruit desserts. All meals I’ve been making correct along, but I’m setting them additional within the forefront of our each day meals, and making fewer meat-based meals and sugary treats.
Don’t fear though! I’m no longer going to completely quit baking (I adore it too much) or Italian-American remedy meals (I did simply submit a completely superior quick rib ragu). However, shall we all do with additional entire grains, additional fish, additional vegetables, and much less sugar/cream in our lives.
Baked Vs Fried
The idea for this recipe began with the thought of a pan seared then baked cod, incredibly related to my pan roasted fowl thigh recipes. And this may work ought to you’re doing a real breading at the cod that may act just like the pores and epidermis of the chicken. But, with dredged cod, no topic what I did the flour was gummy and the cod was soggy incredibly than crispy. This simply does no longer do!
Other than that, the taste was good. We appreciated the seasoned flour and the lemon sauce with the cod. Which intended that a easy shift was in order. Instead of searing then baking, simply searing gave me crispy, golden-brown cod with absolutely cooked flour.
For cod dredged in flour? The reply is clear. Frying wins over baking.
How To Pan Sear Cod Without Sticking?
Seriously, a properly seasoned solid iron pan is amazing. You can cook dinner fish with little or no sticking (sometimes slightly bit of coating sticks, but that simply makes the sauce better), use excessive heat, and pop it within the oven ought to you want. Cast iron is the greatest and everybody ought to have a pan or two.
How Do You Wash Cast Iron?
Worried about cleansing your solid iron?
Don’t! Cast iron does need slightly maintenance, but you’ll be able to use cleansing soap and you’ll be able to use a scrubby sponge to get it clean. I scrub my solid iron each time I use it and it’s properly seasoned and chefs like a dream.
The secret’s to wipe it down with vegetable oil, wipe most of that off (you desire the thinnest coat possible), and warmth it at the cook dinner upper for simply a number of minutes to get all of the water evaporated once you scrub it. That will preserve your solid iron happy! (And – ought to you would like an additional deep cleansing – you’ll be able to pour in some kosher salt and a few oil after which scrub it with a paper towel. That will get it especially shiny. It’s also a huge plan ought to you desire to cross from…say cooking fish to creating dessert on your solid iron.)
This meal takes me about 30 minutes to make, adding steaming up some veggies and making the orzo. And it’s a household pleasing favourite round here. Win/win in my book!
If you attempt my recipe for Pan Seared Cod with Caper, Parsley, and Lemon Sauce, I would love to pay attention from you within the feedback along with your journey and rating! And I’m pleased to reply any questions you may have.
Pan Seared Cod with a Caper, Parsley and Lemon Sauce
Thick cut cod is pan seared in a combination of olive oil and butter to provide a golden brown crust after which served with a lemon, parsley, and caper sauce to make a easy and wholesome weeknight meal.
1 1/2 lb thick cut cod fillet, cut into 4-5 pieces
4 tbsp contemporary lemon juice, divided, one tbsp for the fish and 3 tbsp for the sauce
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
5 medium cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp capers
1/2 cup dry vermouth, or dry white wine
1/2 cup chopped contemporary parsley
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 sprint cayenne powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp contemporary flooring black pepper
Sprinkle one tablespoon of lemon juice over the cod fillets and set them apart whereas you train the relaxation of the ingredients. Allow the lemon juice to sit at the cod no less than 15 minutes, as much as 30 minutes.
In a shallow bowl, blend collectively all of the seasoned flour ingredients. Pat the fish dry and dredge within the seasoned flour, shaking off the excess.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and the butter in a solid iron skillet over medium-high warmth till the pan is hot and the oil is shimmering. Add the cod and cook dinner for 5-6 minutes at the primary side. The fish will take a pair of minutes to launch from the pan. Once it does, preserve an eye fixed on it and verify for browning. When or no longer it’s far a deep, golden brown, turn the fish.
Continue cooking the fish at the different aspect till or no longer it’s browned and the fish is cooked through, about one other 5-6 minutes. Add one other tablespoon of olive oil if needed.
Remove the fish to a serving dish and allow it relaxation whereas you make the sauce.
Add the garlic and capers to the pan and cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Add the vermouth to deglaze. Bring it to a boil and scrape up all of the browned bits from the backside of the pan. Boil for 1 minute. Then upload the lemon juice and parsley. Stir to mix and deliver to a boil again. Immediately pour the sauce over the fish and serve.
Thick cut cod is usually referred to as captain’s cut cod. If you cannot discover thick cut cod, you’ll be able to use thinner pieces, simply cut back the cooking time. Either way, attempt to discover items which can be all of the related thickness so all of them cook dinner together.
I desire to serve this recipe with some easy cooked orzo tossed with olive oil and a steamed vegetable.