Salmon and shrimp seem to steal the show when it comes to preparing an impressive seafood meal. While these are undeniably scrumptious fish, there are some white fish out there like cod that can be just as impressive. The terrific thing about cod is that its mild flavor makes it a versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide array of dishes.
In the mood for some fresh fish tacos? Or how about an easy baked cod fish and chips? Elevating the status of cod, we rounded up the 8 best cod fish recipes that are guaranteed to turn it into your new favorite fish. Get ready, your stomach is about to start grumbling for a golden brown, flaky cod fillet.
1. Pan Fried Cod in Citrus Butter Sauce
Wracking your brain for what to make for dinner tonight? How about fixing up this cod recipe. A great recipe for a work night, cod fillets are cooked in a fresh lemon and orange butter sauce then topped with fresh basil. This would go great with a bed of white rice and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Get the recipe here.
2. Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil
White wine is the ideal cooking wine for cod. If you’re new to the world of cooking with wine, try your hand at this recipe. Quick and easy, fresh cod is pan fried to sear the outside then tossed into the oven to finishing cooking the inside. It’s then drenched in a homemade citrusy white wine basil tomato sauce for the perfect wine and food pairing. Get the recipe here.
3. Spanish Cod, One Pot
If you thought cod fish dishes lacked flavor, then think again. The flavor and aroma of this dish is so good you’ll want seconds.
In one alluring pot, cod fish is cooked with chorizo and chickpeas in a pungent chunky passata tomato sauce packed with more flavors than you can name. We’re talking smoked paprika, white wine, saffron, red onion, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and a touch of sugar to balance it out. Topped with fresh parsley and a drizzle of extra olive oil, you can forget about canned fish stew for dinner. You’ll want nothing but this Spanish one pot meal. Get the recipe here.
4. Korean Miso and Honey Glazed Cod
The wonderful thing about Korean food is the balance of sweet and spicy flavor in savory dishes. This Korean Miso and Honey Glazed Cod is no exception. Cod is brushed with an umami glaze consisting of white miso, soy sauce, gochujang (red chili paste), honey, vinegar, garlic, and sesame oil.
After broiling, the cod fillet is served over rice with steamed broccoli, green onions, and beech mushrooms. With cod tasting this good, you can skip the take-out and cook at home tonight with this new recipe. Get the recipe here.
5. Pan Seared Cod with Kentucky Bourbon
For all those bourbon barbecue sauce lovers out there, this one’s for you. To make a delectable sauce to pair with your sustainable sourced fish, you’ll need to thicken bourbon, honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and butter in a pan. After cooking your cod until it has browned on both sides, smother it in the rich sauce and top with fresh herbs. This would pair well with some buttery, fluffy mashed potatoes. Get the recipe here.
6. One Pan Easy Baked Fish
This recipe lets you indulge in fish and chips minus all the guilt by baking rather than frying. Don’t worry, this won’t take away the classic flavor you love about fish and chips. By adding a secret step to the panko crumbs, the fish is packed with flavor. As a bonus, they are baked alongside the chips on a baking sheet for an easy dinner and cleanup. There’s even a homemade tartar sauce to go with it. Get the recipe here.
Chef’s Note: Soak the potatoes in water prior to baking to make them extra crisp. Also, you can opt for frozen cod in this baked cod recipe.
7. Blackened Fish Tacos with Cilantro Slaw
Craving fish tacos? If not you will be after getting a look at this recipe. Thick-cut cod is coated in a flavorful blackened seasoning then loaded into a tortilla with a homemade crunchy slaw and a zesty lime sauce. Add an extra squeeze of lime, pinch of cilantro, and this fresh cucumber pico de gallo for the final touch. I have a funny feeling this may become your new go to for Taco Tuesday. Get the recipe here.
8. Coconut Almond Crusted Cod with Pineapple Peach
Whether you’re looking for something new to make for a weeknight dinner or having friends over for a summer meal, you’ll be intrigued to try this great recipe. Adding a little tropical flare, cod fillets are marinated in coconut milk then coated in a shredded coconut almond meal crust with cayenne, garlic powder, and black pepper.
It’s then served on top of a spicy, fresh peach and pineapple salsa. Do we dare tempt you? We dare. Get the recipe here.