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All Recipes, Main Dishes / August 10, 2020

How to Perfectly Cook Cod 3 Different Ways

Everybody knows how healthy eating fish can be, and if it´s cooked correctly, absolutely delicious. The problem is, cooking fish at home can be a bit tricky. In this post, I´m going to show you How to Perfectly Cook Cod 3 Different Ways at home.


The 3 different ways of cooking cod I will be showcasing are: Pan Fried, Pan Seared and Pan Grilled. All of these cooking styles are very popular all over the world, and can easily be done at home with no special equipment or tricky cooking skills.


The fish I´m using to prepare these dishes is cod, but you can use any white fish you want. Such as Halibut, Sea Bass or Tilapia. All the techniques and cooking times will be the same for all these fish. I also bought my fish frozen and thawed it out, just to make things cheaper.


TIPS & TRICKS to Perfectly cook Cod: Make sure to pat your cod fillets completely dry with paper towels. This is the secret to have a great texture and it also allows all the flavors to be absorbed. The cooking times to perfectly cook fish are as follow:  2 1/2 minutes per side for a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) fillet on a medium-high heat. If it´s a bit thicker, go 3 minutes per side. If it´s a bit thinner go about 2 minutes.

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:
MY SWISS DIAMON FRYING PANS
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
SPANISH SEA SALT

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How to Perfectly Cook Cod 3 Different Ways

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Ingredients

FOR THE PAN FRIED COD

  • 14 ounce cod fillet 390 grams
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 64 grams
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1.64 grams
  • 1/4 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika .60 grams
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil 170 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • pinch freshly chopped parsley
  • lemon wedges

FOR THE PAN SEARED COD

  • 14 ounce cod fillet 390 grams
  • 2 tbsp virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • pinch freshly chopped parsley
  • lemon wedges

FOR THE PAN GRILLED COD

  • 14 ounce cod fillet 390 grams
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 15 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • lemon wedges

Instructions

TO MAKE THE PAN FRIED COD

  1. Pat a 14 ounce cod fillet completely dry with paper towels, cut into 2 evenly sized fillets, season with sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper on both sides

  2. Add 1/2 cup all-purpose flour into a bowl, along with 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and a generous 1/4 tsp of sweet smoked paprika, mix together until well combined

  3. Evenly coat both cod fillets in the flour mixture

  4. Heat a large fry pan with a medium-high heat and add in a generous 1/2 cup sunflower oil, after 4 minutes add the coated cod fillets into the pan, after 3 minutes flip to cook the other side (the thickness of my cod fillets where a little over 1/2 inch thick), after a total cooking time of 6 minutes, remove the cod fillets from tha pan and transfer to a dish with paper towels, add the cod fillets to a serving dish, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and garnish with lemon wedges

TO MAKE THE PAN SEARED COD

  1. Pat a 14 ounce cod fillet completely dry with paper towels, cut into 2 evenly sized fillets, season with sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper on both sides

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium-high heat and add in a generous 2 tbsp of virgin olive oil, after 3 minutes add the fillets into the pan, skin side up, using a spatula gently push down on each fillet for about 15 seconds each, this helps develop the crusty sear, after 2 1/2 minutes flip to cook the other side (the thickness of my cod fillets where 1/2 inch thick), after a total cooking time of 5 minutes, remove the cod fillets from pan, transfer into a serving dish, sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley and garnish with lemon wedges

TO MAKE THE PAN GRILLED COD

  1. Pat a 14 ounce cod fillet completely dry with paper towels, cut into 2 evenly sized fillets, season with sea salt & freshly cracked black pepper on both sides, drizzle a kiss of extra virgin olive oil on each fillet and rub around the cod

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium-high heat

  3. After 3 minutes add in the cod fillets into the pan, after 2 1/2 minutes gently flip the cod fillets to cook the other side (the thickness of my cod fillets where 1/2 inch thick), after a total cooking time of 5 minutes, remove the cod fillets from the pan and transfer to a serving dish

  4. Add a generous tbsp of extra virgin olive oil into a bowl, along with 1 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley and shred in 1 large clove of garlic, mix together, evenly spread the mixture over each cod fillet, garnish with lemon wedges

Recipe Notes

KEY COOKING TIMES FOR PERFECTLY COOKED FISH:

1/2 inch (1.27 cm) thickness: 2 1/2 minutes per side on a medium-high heat

If the fish a bit thinner, only go 2 minutes per side, if it´s a bit thicker go 3 minutes per side.

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