This recipe is perfect as a satisfying dinner for two people. The sage might be an unusual choice for fish but it does go really well, especially with the lemon and garlic in the recipe. The white wine adds another dimension to the flavor. The green beans are great with this but you can serve wilted spinach instead, if you prefer.
It is probably easier to use a single cod filet for this recipe and then cut the cooked cod in half prior to serving. If you have two pieces, of course you can cook it like that too. “Filet” means boneless but it is not unknown to find the odd bone in fish filets. It is always best to check them before cooking. Run your fingers down the center of the filet. If you feel anything pointy sticking out, that is a bone. Simply grab the end and pull it out.
This healthy and delicious dinner idea is nice served with boiled potatoes or white rice, as well as the green beans. You can serve a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the side too if you like, as a treat. The flavors in this dish are gentle but the overall taste is fantastic. This is a dish you will want to add to your easy fish recipes repertoire.
- 1 ¼ lbs cod filet
- 1 tablespoon rubbed sage
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 1 minced shallot
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- Handful of green beans
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Fresh chives, for garnish
- Sprinkle some sage, salt and pepper over one side of the cod and press it into the flesh. Use red pepper flakes too, if you like.
- Sauté the shallots and garlic in the butter with a pinch of salt, stirring occasionally, until the shallots begin to turn brown.
- Add the fish to the pan, seasoned side down, on top of the garlic and shallots.
- Sauté the cod for a few minutes, until it is light brown underneath.
- Flip it over, using a pair of spatulas.
- Add the white wine and lemon juice to the pan and cover it. Simmer the fish for a couple of minutes.
- Top and tail the beans, then boil them for 4 minutes in salted water until they are tender but still with a little bite.
- When the fish is flaky when you press it down, and opaque in the middle, it is done.
- Divide the cod in half and serve it with some of the wine broth spooned over the top, with the green beans on the side.
- Garnish with the chives.
This easy cod recipe features sage, garlic, lemon, white wine and more, to add a gentle yet delicious flavor to the fish filet. Served with green beans, this yummy cod makes a wonderful dinner for two to share. You can, of course, double the recipe to make four servings. This nutritious recipe is suitable for beginner cooks and experienced chefs alike and the fish will have a great texture and an aromatic flavor which will surely appeal to all your dinner guests. Cod is one of the best-loved fish of all and this recipe is a nice way to prepare it, for maximum flavor.
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