Yay for summer! I secretly (or not so secretly) love heat and humidity but that doesn’t mean I love being in a hot kitchen on those days (like today!). When it’s a perfect summer day outside, I want to minimize the amount of time I have to spend indoors so I love having quick dinners at my fingertips and that’s where fish and a raw salad come in.
Wild cod takes just a few minutes to cook and a little chopping and slicing is all this arugula salad takes to make. You can have healthy and delicious dinner on the table in 15 minutes tops. Feel free to use any white mild tasting fish for this recipe.
If you are brave (and have amazing grill skills), feel free to grill your cod outside. I find fish a little too delicate to do on the grill with my clunky bear-like coordination (unless it’s on a wood plank). But by all means show me up with your gracefulness and report back. And then come over and get grilling, thanks!
A tip for you: Keep things like parsley, lemon, shallots, garlic, vinegars and oil/butter regularly in your kitchen. Why? Because almost anything tastes like you slaved over it when you add some of those ingredients. Almost any combo of those ingredients makes a delicious salad dressing, chicken marinade, pasta or potato salad dressing and of course in this recipe, a topping for fish. Get into the habit of keeping a few simple ingredients in your kitchen and you’ll always be able to whip up something delicious at a moments notice.
4 Wild cod fillets (skinned/skinless)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 organic lemon zested and juice reserved*
2/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 tbsp pastured butter
1 large shallot, minced
sea salt to taste
4 cups baby arugula, chopped (try other baby greens if you don’t have arugula)
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 large carrots, shredded or sliced thinly
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp champagne vinegar
freshly ground black pepper
sea salt to taste
*it’s really important to use an organic lemon in any recipe that uses the peel or zest. That is where all the pesticides are and they are not easily washed off. If you are just using the juice of a lemon, conventional is ok but please go for organic when using zest (and rinse well before using anyway).
Cook cod in a hot sauce pan with 1 tbsp olive oil. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat with 1 tbsp olive oil. When hot, cook the cod for 3-4 minutes on one side, flip and then immediately put in hot oven. Cook for another 3-4 minutes in the oven (exact time will depend on the thickness of your fillets) and remove when fish is opaque and flakes easily.
While the fish is cooking, heat 1 tbsp of the butter in a small saucepan, cook shallots for 3 minutes or until softened/browning. Turn off heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest, parsley, sea salt and remaining butter. Spoon over fish.
Make the arugula salad before you begin making the fish or during (it takes just 5 minutes to make). Chop and prepare all your veggies and then dress with the oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve the cod and salad immediately. Enjoy!
Makes 4 servings.