Crispy Lemon Codfish

cod fish recipe
Crispy Lemon Cod Fish. Stephanie Gallagher
Ratings (9)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
526 Calories
19g Fat
41g Carbs
45g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 526
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 1137mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 45g
Calcium 128mg 10%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 you 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.

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.

The cod fisheries in both the Atlantic and Pacific are well-managed, with the Alaskan cod fishery being especially noted for being healthy and 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.

Ingredients

  • For the Fish
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs (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 (fresh)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (kosher)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this fish dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Fish

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large nonstick frying pan, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat.

  3. 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.

  4. Dip the cod first in the egg whites, then in the panko, pressing lightly to help the breadcrumbs adhere. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Sauté the coated fillets in the butter-olive oil mixture until golden, about 3 minutes.

  6. 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 

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat the lemon juice and vinegar over medium-low heat until the mixture is reduced by half, about 6 minutes.

  3. Stir in butter and salt.

  4. Drizzle lightly over the crispy codfish fillets.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Side dish suggestions for this crispy lemon codfish are fried corn and apple pecan coleslaw. It will also go well with kid-favorites such as tater tots.

Tip

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.