If you’re looking for simple cod recipes, you’ll love this lively flavored version. Topped with a quick and luscious Mustard Caper Cream Sauce makes this a super exciting seafood entree. This pan fried cod recipe uses a classic restaurant technique for a beautifully seared cod fillet. A method that can easily be mastered at home.
Purchasing quality seafood
Purchasing seafood for our weekly seafood entree finds me experiencing mini-anxiety issues when approaching the seafood counter.
- What will they have?
- Will I know what it is? … Turbot? Never heard of it.
- How much will it cost?
- Will I be able to prepare it correctly?
- Is it wild caught?
- How fresh is it… really.
- Should I just purchase it from the freezer section instead?
- Cooking fish is such a fickle event for me.
- …actually, those chicken breasts in the next section look more familiar and safer.
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How to pan fry cod, successfully
I personally think it’s harder to cook a thin piece of fish than a thick one. And cod is a thin fillet, delicate light and flakey. Plus it has a tendency to break when you handle it. Here are some tips I learned in Culinary School for a successful pan fried cod fillet.
- Make sure the cod fillet is nice and dry. Patting with a paper towel will do the trick.
- Create a barrier for the delicate flesh of cod by dusting the cod with flour. I like the light texture of Wondra Flour. Season the cod fillet with salt and pepper and then sprinkle it generously with the flour. Shake off any excess flour. The flour will help hold the fish together. You can also use panko bread crumbs in place of the flour.
- Using a heavy bottomed pan. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is a good choice. Let that skillet get nice and hot over medium high heat for a couple of minutes before adding the oil. Then let the oil heat to a shimmering point before adding the fresh cod fillets.
- Don’t be afraid of hot oil, if you’ve practiced due diligence in drying that cod fillet, the spattering will be virtually non-existent.
- Choosing a neutral oil with a high smoking point will help sear the flesh quicker to reduce the risk of the fish falling apart. Canola oil, vegetable oil and grape seed oil are good examples.
- Don’t over cook the fish. About 4 – 5 minutes per side and your fish will be crispy on the outside and flakey on the inside. And only turn the fish once. The less handling the better.
If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, I’d put it on my wish list if I were you. It’s a beautiful piece of equipment to have in your kitchen. It sears and browns so beautifully, you’ll feel like a restaurant chef.
I’ve even trusted delicate scallops to my cast iron for our favorite Seared Scallops with Pinot Gris Butter Sauce.
Recipe for Pan Fried Cod with Mustard Caper Sauce
Here’s why this recipe works. The delicate sweet flavor of fresh cod shines through the briny caper and tart mustard sauce. Keep the side dishes simple in flavor as to not have to many over-powering flavor on the plate. Serve with a fresh crisp tossed green salad, garlic butter baked potatoes or even simple pan grilled salt and peppered summer squash.
I hope you give this pan fried cod recipe a try and if you do, please come back and give the recipe a star rating and leave a comment about your experience with the recipe.
And if you have a recipe that you would consider to fall into the best cod recipes category, let me know, I’d love to give it a try. And speaking of best cod recipes, you’ll find some great recipe ideas for Pacific Cod over at Sitka Salmon website. Check it out.
More Cod Fish Recipes
- Grilled Tequila Lime Cod Fish Tacos, Cod gets a quick marinade in lime juice, orange juice, some chili powder and the party gets even better because there’s tequila involved.
- Cod Cooked in Parchment, This Steamed Cod in Parchment with spinach, potatoes and mushrooms is an easy fun-filled meal.
- Battered Fried Cod with Rose Marie Sauce, Marie Rose Sauce is a classic sauce for any seafood but especially good with battered cod.
- Shrimp and Cod Bourride, An elegant French seafood stew for a luscious dinner entree that everyone should take the time to make.
- Black Cod with Miso Glaze, Buttery and tender black cod is marinated in a magical miso ginger garlic glaze. Seared stovetop and finished in the oven.
Culinary School Tip:
If you’re a caper lover like me, you’ll always have a jar of capers in brine in your refrigerator. They’re easy to find and have an indefinite shelf life. However, the vinegar in the brine sharpens the flavor of capers.
Look for salted capers next time and give them a try and let me know what you think. They’re packed in salt, and have a more pure flavor. However, the salt draws the moisture out the caper, which shortens the shelf life, Always rinse salted capers a couple of times before using.
An easy pan fried cod recipe with an exciting topping of caper mustard sauce.
- 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- 1 tablespoon capers drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white wine
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 4 skinless cod fillets
- 1/2 cup Wondra Flour
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- salt and black pepper to taste
In a small bowl, stir together the mustard, capers, tarragon, olive oil, and white wine. Transfer to a small sauce pan and cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat swirl in butter and heavy cream. Set aside.
Pat the cod fillets dry and season with salt and pepper. Dust each fillet with the flour until well coated. Then shake off the excess flour.
Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a heavy bottomed pan, such as a cast iron. Cook until opaque throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
To serve, drizzle the cod with the mustard-caper sauce.
Pan Fried Cod with Mustard Caper Sauce …It’s What’s for Dinner.