It's time to fall in love with fish again... and we are going to start with my Pan Seared Cod. This is a simple recipe that beautifully showcases fresh ingredients.
Perfect for those enjoying a low carb or keto lifestyle, this recipe is as nourishing as it is delightful, bringing together the freshest cod with a golden, buttery sear, complemented by a tangy tomato coulis.
This recipe is LOW CARB, KETO-FRIENDLY and GLUTEN-FREE.
Inspiration for this Pan Seared Cod recipe
My road to this pan seared cod recipe is a bit of an adventure, especially considering my roots. Growing up in the Midwest and relatively landlocked, my diet was firmly grounded in the classic meat-and-potatoes tradition.
As you might guess, fish wasn't exactly a regular visitor at our family table. It was something unfamiliar, not really part of my life. Over the years at my cooking school and catering company, I've cooked fish a lot, but never as simple as this.
It took a recent visit to a friend's house to change my appreciation of fish. He served up the lightest, most buttery fish dish I'd ever tasted. It was incredible! The fish was delicate, flavorful, and cooked to perfection.
This is my take on that delightful recipe, updated for those who appreciate a good, low carb, keto-friendly meal.
Is this Pan Seared Cod Recipe low carb or keto?
If you're following a low-carb or keto diet, you might be wondering if this Pan-Seared Cod fits in. The good news is, it does! This recipe is very low in carbs, thanks to the cod, which is naturally carb-free and packed with protein. We use butter and olive oil for cooking, which adds flavor without adding carbs, making it a great choice for a low-carb diet.
For those on a keto diet, this dish is also a good match. It has the high fat content that's important in keto, mainly from the butter and olive oil, and the protein from the fish is right in line with keto guidelines. The tomato coulis adds a bit of carbs, but the amount is small and should fit within keto limits. Just be mindful of your overall carb count for the day.
What are the ingredients to make pan seared cod:
Cod Fillets: The star of the show. Cod is a lean, white fish known for its mild flavor and flaky texture, making it perfect for searing. This is a zero-carb food too!
Butter: Adds richness and depth to the dish. It helps in creating that golden crust on the cod and infuses the fish with a delicious, buttery flavor.
Olive Oil: Used alongside butter for searing the fish. Olive oil has a higher smoke point than butter, preventing it from burning and lending a subtle, fruity note.
Garlic: Brings a touch of aromatic warmth. Garlic enhances the overall flavor profile without overpowering the delicate taste of the cod.
Fresh Herbs (like parsley or basil): Provide a fresh, bright contrast to the rich, buttery fish. They also add a pop of color for an appealing presentation.
Lemon Wedges: Serve as a zesty garnish. A squeeze of lemon juice just before serving adds freshness and can enhance the fish's flavor.
What Happens if My Fish Sticks to the Pan?
If your fish sticks to the pan, it usually means the pan wasn't hot enough when you added the fish or the fish wasn't dry enough. To prevent sticking, make sure your pan is hot and the fish is well-patted dry. If sticking happens, gently wiggle the spatula under the fish to release it. As the fish cooks, it will naturally release from the pan when it’s ready to be flipped.
What Other Types of Fish Can Be Seared Like This?
Many types of fish are great for searing, especially those with a firm texture. Halibut, salmon, and sea bass are excellent choices. These varieties hold up well to the high-searing heat and have flavors enhanced by caramelization. Just like cod, ensure they are dry and seasoned for the best results.
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How to Make Your Own Pan-Seared Cod
To start your Pan-Seared Cod, begin by preparing the cod fillets. Pat them dry thoroughly - this is crucial for getting that perfect sear. Season the fillets generously on both sides with salt and pepper. This simple seasoning allows the natural flavors of the fish to shine through.
Heat a mix of butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. The olive oil helps prevent the butter from burning and contributes to a perfectly golden crust.
Once the butter is foaming, gently lay your seasoned cod fillets in the skillet. Let them cook undisturbed for a few minutes until the underside is golden brown and crispy. This initial sear locks in the flavors and gives the cod its signature texture.
Carefully flip the fillets to the other side, adding minced garlic into the pan at this stage. The garlic infuses the fish and the cooking fat with its aroma, enhancing the overall taste without overpowering.
Cook the fillets on the second side until they are just cooked through. It's essential to avoid overcooking the cod to maintain its moist and flaky texture. The whole process should take just a few minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillets.
Once the cod is cooked, plate it up and spoon your homemade or pre-prepared tomato coulis over the top. Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with lemon wedges. The acidity of the lemon adds a fresh, bright contrast to the rich, savory flavors of the dish.
Make this pan seared cod recipe in your own kitchen
I've tried to highlight the critical points in this recipe so you can recreate this dish easily at home. If you have questions about the pan seared cod, please ask in the comments!
Why Does My House Smell After I Cook Fish?
Cooking fish can sometimes leave a lingering odor due to the fish oils and fats heating up. To minimize this, ensure good ventilation while cooking. Using fresh fish also helps, as older fish can have a stronger odor. Cooking with aromatic herbs and citrus can help neutralize fishy smells during and after cooking.
PRO TIP: Wash the fish pan immediately after cooking. This will help to neutralize odors more quickly.
Should I Use a Non-Stick Pan to Sear Fish?
Using a non-stick pan can make searing fish easier, especially for beginners, as it reduces the chances of the fish sticking to the pan. However, a well-heated stainless steel or cast-iron skillet provides better heat distribution for an even, golden crust.
STORAGE, Freezing and Reheating this sauteed fish recipe
Storage: If you have leftovers, it's best to store the cooked cod in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Properly stored, it can last for up to 2 days. Remember that the sooner you consume it, the fresher it will taste.
Freezing: Generally, it's not recommended to freeze the pan seared cod. Freezing can affect the texture and moisture of the fish, making it less enjoyable when thawed and reheated.
Reheating: As for reheating, avoid using a microwave, as it can unevenly heat the fish and alter its texture. Instead, reheat the cod gently in a skillet over low heat. This method helps retain the fish’s moisture and keeps the flavors intact.
If you need to, you can add a small splash of water or broth to the pan to keep the fish from drying out. Heat just until it's warm throughout – overcooking during reheating can make the fish tough and dry. I always reheat with a lid to help the process along.
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These slender, tender green beans, cooked to perfection, offer a delightful freshness that beautifully complements the rich flavors of Pan Seared Cod.
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