|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 20g||25%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||37%|
|Total Carbohydrate 40g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 5mg||23%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This codfish recipe is a favorite for kids and adults alike. Cod is a mild fish, and it tends to take on the flavors of whatever it is paired with. In this codfish recipe, the lemon butter sauce adds richness and pizazz.
If your kids like fish sticks or chicken nuggets, it's easy to tempt them with this recipe. You can be assured of the type of fish and what is in the coating rather than buying frozen prepared products.
The cod fisheries in both the Atlantic and Pacific are well-managed, with the Alaskan cod fishery being especially noted for being abundant. The cod from those areas are two related species. The meat of the Atlantic cod is slightly sweet while the Pacific cod is milder and more savory.
For the Fish:
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large egg whites
2 cups panko breadcrumbs (Japanese bread crumbs)
1 1/2 pounds codfish fillets
Dash kosher salt
Dash freshly ground black pepper
For Lemon Butter Sauce:
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Note: while there are multiple steps to this Crispy Lemon Codfish recipe, this dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.
Make the Fish
Gather the ingredients.
In a large nonstick frying pan, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat.
Set up a breading station with two shallow dishes. Beat the egg whites and set them in one dish. Spread out panko breadcrumbs in a thin layer in another shallow dish.
Dip the cod first in the egg whites, then in the panko, pressing lightly to help the breadcrumbs adhere. Season with salt and pepper.
Sauté the coated fillets in the butter-olive oil mixture until golden, about 3 minutes.
Flip and cook on the other side until cooked through. The fish will be opaque and flake easily with a fork. If using an instant-read or meat thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 145 F.
Make the Lemon Butter Sauce
In a small saucepan, heat the lemon juice and vinegar over medium-low heat until the mixture is reduced by half, about 6 minutes.
Stir in butter and salt.
Drizzle sauce lightly over the crispy codfish fillets. Serve and enjoy!
- You can use fresh or frozen cod fillets for this recipe. Allow frozen fillets to defrost overnight in the refrigerator before using them. Alternatively, you can quickly defrost the fish in a sealed plastic bag placed in cold water for an hour or in a microwave on the "defrost" setting. Use the defrosted fish immediately if you use a quick method to defrost.
- Panko breadcrumbs are especially crispy, so they are preferred if you want a great crunchy coating. If you don't have them available, use toasted breadcrumbs as a substitute.
- Be careful not to overcook your fish. It should start to flake apart when it is done.