I spent the first two-thirds of my life refusing to eat any seafood that didn't come from the Gordon Fisherman. I remember moving to the East Coast as a fresh college graduate and wondering how anyone could eat all the different types of seafood offered locally. These are the same types of seafood I now gobble up at any opportunity.
But despite my now fervent love of seafood, I still usually defer to SPH for any home cooking of seafood. I am determined to increase my seafood confidence in the kitchen and this new recipe I tried last week has helped me on my mission.
This recipe is simple enough for a seafood rookie like me, quick, healthful and tasty. You simply marinate the fish and pop it in the oven to cook.
Citrus Baked Cod
Zest of one orange (need a quick tutorial on how to zest an orange?)
1/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (hint: just use the orange you just zested)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon salt
dash of red pepper flakes (optional)
2 teaspoons fresh chopped cilantro or parsley
1 -1 1/2 pound cod or other mild white fish (such as tilapia)
Mix the zest, juice, olive oil, garlic, pepper, salt, red pepper flakes and cilantro or parsley in a shallow dish.
Add the fish. Marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the fish on a baking sheet (line it will foil for a really easy clean up) and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the fish flakes gently when you touch it with a fork.
Interested in the lovely risotto underneath the fish? Click here.