simple midweek baked cod
May 30, 2013 § 45 Comments
An easy baked cod recipe. I made this fish on a evening after a long day at work and it was perfect. I realize how important a simple midweek dinner recipe is when I get home ready to drop. These cod filets went together easily. I served them with dill mashed potatoes and an arugula salad.
I n g r e d i e n t s
- 4 cod fish filets
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1 lemon, sliced thinly into rounds
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 12 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
- several sprigs of thyme
M e t h o d
Preheat oven to 400°F. Lay out 4 large pieces of parchment paper on your counter. Coat both sides of your fish with panko bread crumbs, sprinkle with salt and place one filet on each piece of parchment paper. Place a few lemon slices onto fish, a sprig or two of thyme, 3 smashed garlic cloves and drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil on each. Close up the parchment by meeting the tops together and rolling them down. Fold the end underneath to seal. Place the fish in a baking dish and bake for approximately 20 minutes. You may check one by carefully unfolding to make sure it is done and seal it up again.
Serve right away, allowing your dinner companions to open their own parchments!
dill mashed potatoes
I n g r e d i e n t s
- 3 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
- handful of fresh dill, stems removed
- 3 tablespoons butter
- salt / pepper to taste
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add diced potatoes and fresh dill. Boil until potatoes are fork tender, approximately 10 minutes. Drain and return to the pot over a medium low heat and allow the additional water to steam out. Turn off the heat, add butter and smash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper according to your liking.
Simple is often the best tasting.
I couldn’t agree more!
This looks amazing! I seem to be using thyme in everything. Last year I was hooked on basil!
Those are great things to be hooked on! :) I love thyme too and I thought I destroyed my plant at the end of last year’s growing season by moving it and cutting it WAY back. I am so happy to see it thriving! I do love basil oh so!
Lovely. I did similar a couple of posts ago and had it with parsley sauce. Delicious.
I do remember your baked cod! It was lovely! Especially the parsley sauce you poured over it! What I really remember is that hilarious video of Marco Pierre waving his knife around. I thought it was hilarious! :)
Looks very yummy!
Thank you. :)
Lovely, simple and nourishing. And the fish looks beautiful. I am always scared of photographing meat and fish – thank you for allaying my fears.
Me too Sophie! I even had a fellow blogger comment asking why I didn’t post a picture of a finished dish which did have meat. I had to tell her because although the recipe was fantastic the photo was not!! Ha!
Simple yet looks utterly yummy! Simple is usually best, no?
Yes! Simple is always best! :)
Love fish in baked in parchment. Cod is such a great fish, so mild and meaty. What a great, quick weeknight meal.
I really enjoy cod too. Great to be able to buy an affordable fish, compared to halibut! This is the first time I baked fish in parchment. It was fun!
Nothing nicer than really fresh fish cooked en papillote. Must do another one soon.
I would love to see your spin on this! I think you are amazing…
Thank you! Here’s my link. It’s only using frozen basa fillets. But, it’s sort of similar. Must try one this weekend with frozen salmon :)
I’m so glad you sent me the link. Thank you. I took a look and what a gorgeous presentation! I am going to keep experimenting with this cooking process. I love it. Especially like your recipe with capers, green chills and with green olive added it could be dead on. Enjoy your salmon! :)
Thank you! Looking forward to the weekend post!
What a beautiful dish and lovely photos. Yaay! I love the idea of the dill mashers with the fish and the spicy arugula salad. I’m printing this one down for my file.
Thank you Karen! First time I ever put herbs in the potatoes while they were boiling and I must say I was so impressed. Lovely to use the dill in the potato rather than in the fish.
Beautiful pictures! I love the simplicity of the dish – you are really letting the quality of the ingredients shine through. Not covering anything up with strong sauces. Well done!
Hey thanks! :) Although I have to admit I do enjoy a good sauce every once in awhile!
Agreed. Would you recommend a creamy sauce or a vinaigrette with cod? We don’t see a lot of cod out here.
Personally I really like a creamy sauce on white fish. Check out this post. You’ll really like his blog!
Thanks! I liked his complaint of the over-complicated roux making. Now I need to track down some cod.
Me too! Hope you find some cod!
Oh this is lovely! Cod is one of my favourites and this recipe looks perfect – uncomplicated flavours that just work. Simple is almost always best!
Agree! Hope your slump has lifted!
What a great recipe, so simple and I bet full of flavour. I love food that stays true to its form. Thanks
Thank you so much Liz. Coming from you I am flattered! You have a wonderful blog.
Now I know why you always have fresh veggies and herbs and excellent garnishes on all the foods you make. Dill with potatoes, and fish, very tasty. I wish I was one of the guests opening the parchments. Have a lovely weekend!!!
I wish you were a guest too! :) Nice weekend to you as well.
Simple but tasty fish dish..
we used to called this as gindara…
gindara! This is tasty…
This is one recipe that I will keep in handy. Thank you for sharing.
You are welcome! I hope you use it. :)
Oh I was happy to spot this on your page just now! I have a fish en papillote recipe coming up next! It’s such a good way to convince yourself you’ve cooked up something fancy ;) Those dill potatoes look so summery and tempting.
Oh good! Look forward to seeing it. Did you see this one on Johnny’s site?
And I just noticed he published a salmon today! He’s amazing.
I did notice that salmon, actually! Looks so good. I love how en papillote is like a blank canvas.
What an elegant dish!
Love fresh herbs..
Of all of the parchment baked fish I’ve made, I have never used panko or this exact flavor combination. Both recipes look quite satisfying to the eyes and the palette and so fresh! Oh, those mash gorgeous potatoes could create world peace in a few bites… heavenly.
Long ago, when my husband and I were first married, we had our rabbi and his wife to dinner. We made a similar white fish en papillote, along with roasted potatoes and asparagus. This brings back some nice memories. Beautiful photos – and I love the gorgeous preparation of the fish. Ah, fresh lemon – how can you go wrong?