Cod Fish Help

I was shopping with Kelli the other day and the place we were at had a big meat truck there.  We walked over to check it out.  They had a box of cod, a big box, for $20.  Kelli was immediately excited and asked for a box.  She even started debating about getting two boxes.  Hmm.  The only real experience I’ve had with preparing fish is pollock and that I fry.  I asked Kelli how she makes hers and she said baked in butter.  Well I didn’t know that this sounded like a healthier option but as much as I love beef, sometimes it’s nice to have a change so I bought a box.

A few days later I called Kelli and asked for a recipe.  She sent one but also left directions that said, “It’s a lemon butter recipe but don’t use lemon”.  Okay Kelli….your recipe directions make me think that you’re my daughter!!  Of course I read through the recipe only to find that I really didn’t read the recipe.  Here’s what I had once I was all finished.

It didn’t look bad and it tasted amazing….But this ugly mess is what it looked like as it cooked.   I hadn’t read through the instructions…only the ingredients.

It is only suppose to be swimming in half the amount of butter….I used dried parsley instead of fresh so should have cut that back in half.

This was super good and I’m planning on reworking the recipe now that I’ve tried it once.  Cut the butter and the parsley for sure.  Hubby loved this so I’m super happy to make it again BUT.  I bought the box of fish to eat a little more healthy and ah…this doesn’t seem very healthy.  I’m hoping one of you has a good recipe for cod that would be healthy.  Do you?  Are you willing to share?  Please leave the recipe in the comment section if you have something that is both tasty and more of a healthy option.

If there are any curious minds out there.  This is the recipe that Kelli originally linked me to.

28 thoughts on “Cod Fish Help”

  1. I preheat the oven to 400 degrees, liberally butter a pyrex baking dish and put the cod in it. Add a couple of pats of butter per fillet, squeeze half a lemon over it, and bake for 20 minutes or until it flakes. Serve with lemon wedges. It’s pretty plain, you may be looking for something a bit fancier.

  2. I do foil packets and put on the grill-the oven would work too.

    Rinse fish and place on the foil. sprinkle with lemon pepper. Bring the foil sides together and roll up. Roll up one end. Now, squeeze in about 1 TBsp of lemon juice. Seal the last side.

    Grill about 12 minutes 375-same for the oven. It’s always moist and perfectly cooked. No extra calories.

  3. I make fish chowder with cod, canned clams clam juice,bacon, potatoes, carrots a bit of garlic, parsley. Don’t know that it’s healthier because of the butter, bacon and cream but it sure is good!

  4. I love grilled fish. I brush it with extra virgin olive oil and then season with whatever I’m feeling like that day. I’ve used their pepper blend, pepper blend with lemon, garlic and herbs, and their chicken and fish seasoning. I liked the chicken and fish seasoning the best but I’m not much of a pepper blend fan. They also have salt free versions of some of these. For fillets, I grill them for about 3 minutes per side.

  5. Phyllis Singler

    Jo: My husband catches cod (it seems like you got a deal on yours) and the way you made it is the very best way to make it. You can also bread and deep fry it, and also I make it Italian style, basically top it with sauce (homemade)…Delicious…one of my very favorite fish…

  6. I take it one step further and blacken the butter (450 oven) place fish flesh side down for just a couple of minutes. Carefully flip it over spoon some butter over it squeeze some fresh lemon, s&p and paprika back into the oven till finished. I cook all kinds of fish this way.

    Here in the East cod is the norm for fish and chips which are usually fried.

  7. Forgot to say that the amount of butter I use depends on the amount of fish. When cooking for the two of us I use btwn 1/3&1/2c. Also just spoon leftover butter on potatoes or rice or even veggies.

  8. I put mine in a baking dish, open a can of Italian diced tomatoes, top it with shredded mozzarella cheese and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20-25 min. I bet it would be good if you topped yours with your salsa and put some cheddar or Mexican blend cheese on it.

  9. I use Kraft Sundried Tomato Dressing for a lot of my recipes or Italian Dressing – put the fish in a skillet or baking pan and coat each side with the dressing – cook on the stove top flipping to cook each side – in the oven (I don’t but you can) I would think 350 for about a half an hour – again coat each side. I do chicken breast this way too. You have no added butter and the seasonings are in the dressing we rarely even add more salt and pepper to it when it is done.

  10. Jo try your instant pot. Spray the pot add 1 cup water a rack or steamer basket and dip the fish in the spices you want to use, lay fish on rack or basket. I think I cooked pieces that size about 6 min.

  11. We have a son who lived in northern Alaska for a number of years. A couple of years ago, we were visiting and the guys went on a chartered fishing trip. They caught both halibut and cod and we brought part of it home with us to Canada. I tried several recipes and our favorite was the one Carole has on her blog “from my”. It’s in her recipe section and is called “Easy Weeknight Fish Dinner.” It’s easy, healthy, and only uses one pan for your dinner. Just make sure you use way more spinach than you think need. It wilts down and you’ll be fighting over who gets the spinach otherwise!

  12. Take a piece of alminium foil large enough to make a parcel.
    Put a scant 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil on the foil and smear the piece of cod on both sides through the oil, finally laying the cod skin side down in the foil. Season with salt and pepper and a little dried tarragon. Fold up the foil to make a loose parcel and place on a baking tray. Bake at 180C for 15minutes. Delicious and healthy!

  13. Hi Jo,

    i bake mine, i use ritz cracker crumbs, finely chopped garlic and fresh chopped ginger all mixed together. Mostly to be quick i put this on the top of the fish with butter. i don’t measure just add to the amount of fish i am baking. 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until u think its done.

  14. The Alaskan way for Halibut is to dip it in a can of beer/bisquick mix, a little thinner than a pancake mix & deep fry it to golden brown. Serve with cocktail sauce or tarter sauce…yummie! We do this with cod fish too. A lot of my family often like the gooier recipes but I’m usually the chef ….so my choice. lol By the way a fake sourdough pancake mix is mixing beer with bisquick. My teenager friends scarfed them up until they hear how they were made. lol All those kids are in their 40’s now.

  15. I crush ten or twelve ritz crackers (for two filets) and dredge the cod in them and then place the cod in a greased baking dish. I melt 1/4 to 1/3 cup of butter and pour over the cracker coated fish. I bake then usually for 20-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the cod filets and how many I am cooking. Yummy!

  16. Check pintrest for blackened fish. We do this with cod and it’s very good. It’s quick and easy also. Sprinkle fish with the seasoning and bake .

  17. All this sounds so yummy.

    One of my favorite ways to cook for is poach it in milk.

    You don’t taste the milk at all. Season as desired while cooking or after. Garlic powder Salt pepper cayenne. Lemon juice after removed from milk.

    Poach until no longer translucent and flesh separates with a fork.

    Give the milk to the dog.

  18. I find Greek cookbooks have healthy fish recipe’s as they use lots of fresh seasonings for flavor as opposed to heavy oil/butter.

  19. I rub with maybe 1 teaspoon of olive oil to keep it from drying out. Add s&p, sprinkle with dried Summer Savory or dried basil, cover top with thinly sliced lemons and bake just till it become opaque. When I don’t have fresh lemons, I’ll use McCormicks Lemon and Herb. For a more subtle lemon flavor, cover in Lemon Balm leaves.

    I have also dipped in beaten egg, then seasonings and rolled in pinko bread crumbs before pan frying.

  20. I use this method for both tilapia and cod.
    Brush fish filets with olive oil or spray with butter spray, then roll in Italian bread crumbs. Bake in 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Sometimes I add more Parmesan cheese ( the Italian bread crumbs contain this).

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