If you are looking for easy dinner ideas, what about making this mouthwatering crispy crumbed cod with a zesty orange sauce? This is such a versatile dish and it is perfect for any occasion or season. This recipe is impressive enough to serve at a dinner party or if you have friends coming over. It is also quick and easy enough to make a meal for a more casual setting.
The whisky is an optional ingredient and it is just used to give flavor to the sauce. If you prefer not to use whisky, simply substitute extra orange juice instead. The mashed potatoes are lovely with the rest of the ingredients, although you could serve rice instead if you prefer.
The breadcrumbed cod is very simple to prepare. You just need to dip your fish filets in beaten egg and then in breadcrumbs and bake them for about ten minutes or until they are done. Serve the warm orange sauce drizzle over the top of the fish and add a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar to each one for a touch more sweetness and an extra dimension to the flavor. This step is optional – do not buy balsamic vinegar just to do this, but if you happen to have some in the cupboard you can use it.
- 4 cod fillets, 6 oz each
- 8 tablespoons seasoned dried breadcrumbs
- 1 beaten egg
- 4 portions hot mashed potato, to serve
- Balsamic vinegar, as needed
- 4 fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish
- Juice from 4 oranges
- 2 basil leaves
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon whisky
- 4 whole peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Strips of peel from ½ orange
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Soak the strips of peel in boiling water for 15 minutes and then drain them.
- Add the sugar and whisky to a pan and warm it up.
- Combine the cornstarch, basil and black pepper with the orange juice and add this to the sugar in the pan.
- Add the well-drained orange peel strips and cook over a gentle heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until thick.
- Discard the strips of orange peel.
- Dip the fish filets in the egg. Dredge them in the breadcrumbs.
- Arrange the coated filets on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until the fish is done.
- Divide the mashed potatoes between 4 serving plates and add a cooked fish filet to each one.
- Divide the orange sauce between the plates and drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on top.
- Garnish each one with a sprig of thyme.
Mashed potatoes and fish are two components which often feature in comfort food recipes. Why not mash some fresh basil leaves into the mashed potatoes (like in the photo) or some crushed garlic? You can make your own version of mashed potatoes, making it as creamy as you like and adding any flavors you want. The crispy fish, sweet balsamic vinegar, tangy orange sauce, and creamy mashed potatoes combine to make an impressive yet very easy fish recipe. The end result is a very special meal which you can be proud to serve to anyone, even dinner party guests.
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