Monday, July 8, 2013

Spicy Citrus Oven 'Poached' Cod

I've made it a mission to eat more fish around here. It hasn't really been easy since my husband hates it, but I don't want my son to dislike it because of that. My plan: have it on nights when my husband is working! The grocery store a couple blocks away gets fresh fish in on Mondays and Wednesdays so every couple weeks (yes, I know it needs to be more and we're working on it) I'll pick up some cod*. It's my fish of choice for the moment because it's very mild, sturdy, and easy to cook. So far, my son has loved it every time I'm made it, too. This makes me so very happy.

The last recipe I made was a 'poached' version. I use quotes here because it was cooked in the oven and poaching typically happens on the stove top. The fish cooked in a liquid of lemon juice, lime juice, and a little oil and butter. These flavors infused the fish and kept the pieces very moist. I also mixed up a little spice mixture to sprinkle over the fish before sticking it in the oven for a little oomph. It was delicious. I cooked up 1lb of the fish because I figured I could make up some quick fish tacos with the leftover but there weren't any! My son was shoveling it in his mouth and ate about 2/3 of the entire batch! I'm so glad I was able to get him to love fish and once I know he won't suddenly decide he doesn't, I'll branch out to different varieties. What should I try next?

* When buying fish, check to see when the store gets their fresh batch and try to get it that same day. And always - I mean always - smell it before they bag it up for you. You don't want fish that smells fishy. For more about buying fish and seafood:

Spicy Citrus Oven 'Poached' Cod


 1 lb cod

 2 TB fresh lemon juice
 1 TB fresh lime juice
 1 TB olive or grapeseed oil
 1 TB butter

 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
 1/4 tsp chili powder
 2 tsp dried parsley
 1 tsp salt
 1/4 tsp pepper
 1/8 tsp garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray. Cut fish fillets into 4"-5" pieces and place in a single layer in the dish.
3. Melt butter in microwave safe dish then stir in lemon juice, lime juice, and oil. Brush the fish with the mixture and pour remaining over the top.
4. Mix all spices together and sprinkle evenly over the tops of the fish.
5. Bake, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

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