"Don't tell fish stories where people know you; but particularly, don't tell them where they know the fish."
This is my favorite way to have cod, and it's super quick and easy as well as healthy and delicious! Every time I prepare it I think "why don't I make this more often?" Cod is a nice whitefish, but can be bland on it's own, so I like to dress it up with this crumb topping. You need a couple pieces of white bread for this recipe. Even a hot dog or hamburger roll will do. Dry it out a bit, then toss it in a food processor or blender to turn to crumbs. Packaged bread crumbs will not be the same, they are too fine and over-seasoned. The white bread makes a light and fluffy crumb that compliments the delicate fish. To the crumbs you add a clove of garlic (minced), 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and 3 tablespoons melted butter. Pulse a few times to bring it together and that's all there is to it. I think next time I may try adding some chopped fresh herbs or lemon zest to the crumbs. When choosing the cod, fresh and local is best, but you can use frozen if you have to. Choose nice one-inch thick pieces. One pound fresh will serve two people generously. It might look like a lot, but it shrinks a bit as it's cooked.
My plan this week was to make a big batch of cole slaw (love it!) and have pulled pork sandwiches with cole slaw one night and cod the next, but my pork shoulder was large and took longer to relax than expected. By 5:30 p.m. it was clear the pork wouldn't be ready, so I switched gears and threw the cod together. Luckily, it's really easy and is done in half an hour, saving the day!
Captain's Cut Baked Cod
1 pound of 1-inch thick pieces of cod.
1 cup white bread crumbs
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon of paprika (optional)
4 lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take bread out and let it dry out a little. Butter a 9-inch square baking dish. Place cod pieces in dish and pour wine over them. Tear bread up and add it to a small food processor or a blender. Pulse a few times to make crumbs. Add minced garlic, cheese and melted butter. Pulse a few more times, then sprinkle crumbs on top of fish. Dust with paprika, if desired. Bake for 35-30 or until fish flakes easily in the middle. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over the fish.