Thursday, January 9, 2014

Seared Cod

I have not had much luck in the past when it comes to cooking any fish other than tilapia and salmon.  And with those two, I stick to my tried-and-true method of roasting at a high oven temp for a short period of time.  Overcooked fish is my worst nightmare, so I have been hesitant to try any new methods that I am uncomfortable with.  I am not much of a risk-taker (obvi), but I knew it was about time I stray from my routine.  And man was it a success!


Seared Cod
(4) 4 oz. cod fillets
Olive oil
½ cup soy sauce
Teaspoon of vinegar (I used apple cider)
Garlic to your liking
Tablespoon of something sweet (I used a sesame ginger salad dressing, but you could use sweet and sour sauce, some hoisin sauce, teriyaki, honey, brown sugar)

Whisk together the mixture of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and sweet sauce of choice. Be sure to taste it to make sure it’s delish!  Pour it over the fish and let them sit for about 5-10 minutes (be sure to save a little sauce to pour over the fillets when they are done).

Heat a large skillet and add the olive oil.  When it is nice and hot, sear the fish for about 3 minutes per side.  They will loosen from the pan when they are ready to flip.  Don’t over-cook, these puppies are quick.

Remove from pan and pour the rest of the soy sauce mixture over top.

YUM!

In other news…I have added another new treat to my collection of afternoon snacks.  These Quest bars have changed my relationship with protein bars – which I had sworn off in the past for being too calorie dense and unnatural-tasting.  But these have really altered my perspective.  And thanks to some other bloggers, I discovered this secret - if you pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds you have a warm, gooey, perfectly sweet treat.  I ordered a variety pack from their website and I am so anxious to try all the flavors.  So far my favorites have been the “banana nut muffin” and any with peanut butter (of course).  You can also find them at Whole Foods.  They each have about 150-200 calories and they really keep me full throughout the afternoon.  When I used to skimp more on my afternoon snacks, I would arrive home from work completely famished and would end up snacking throughout the evening and while I made dinner.  But these bars keep me satisfied – they have made me a much nicer after-work companion.  My boyfriend can second that statement :)

Anyone rely on a any other fool-proof methods for not over-cooking fish?
Ever tried a Quest bar? 

7 comments:

  1. i love the use of soy sauce on the cod! what a nice touch. usually i see soy sauce used in asian inspired salmon or tuna. cod is a white fish so it's nice to spice it up with a surprise like the soy sauce.
    i like quest bars a lot but only if i tear chunks off, put them in a bowl, heat them in the microwave, and then stir chocolate pudding into them. i really can't stand the consistency of the bars by themselves!

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    1. Yes! I use soy sauce a lot when I cook - I think it is because I often crave salty foods. I love that idea for the quest bars. They are elevated to a whole new level when they are heated up, and with chocolate pudding... sounds amazing, I definitely plan to try that.

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  2. quest bars are the best! filling, delicious, not-terribly-scary ingredient list...i totally agree with your assessment. i just tried the chocolate peanut butter one... nom nom nom.

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    1. I already went through that entire box! I had the chocolate brownie one today heated up in the microwave as Cait, above, suggested. OMG soooooo good! And you are so right, they keep me so much more satisfied than any other bars I've tried.

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  3. We're going to try this tonight. Hopefully we can find some nice cod fillets at Pelly's Fish Market in Carlsbad.

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    1. Awesome! You have access to such great seafood over there, you are lucky. This recipe works with any fish, so ask the fish monger what is good today!

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