Cod is just a fantastic fish, often overshadowed by the perennially popular salmon or tuna, or especially in a fancy eating joint, by a sexier fish like sea bass (I’m aware that only someone in my line of work might think of a fish as sexy). It’s moist, it’s often not that expensive, it’s hard to overcook, and it got an excellent, mild, very slightly sweet flavor and firm, moist texture.
Most cod is very sustainable as well, so that’s a big deal. Alaskan Cod in particular is something to seek out, with its satisfying large flake (did you know Alaska is the only state with sustainability written into its constitution? I did not, but now I do.) Alaskan halibut, sablefish or pollack would also be great fish choices if you wanted to change the cod choice up.
Sauce for Cod
And I just wanted to show off this amazing easy herb dip one more time, which now acts like a sauce, especially when it is spooned over something warm. Dollop it on any fish (and many other things), but definitely know that it pairs up in a very snuggly way with cod.
If you can use super great olive oil, do just that. Before the sauce gets added, it’s all about the fish and the olive oil, so make sure both are as good as you can get.
What to Serve with Cod with Simplest Fresh Herb Sauce
I served this dish with a very simple salad and some quickly cooked and cooled green beans tossed with chervil vinaigrette. Sugar Snap Pea Salad is also a great pairing.
Cod with Simplest Fresh Herb Sauce: A great way to make this very accessible fish into a fast weeknight dinner.Tweet This
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Cod with Simplest Fresh Herb Sauce
- 4 8-ounce pieces cod filet
- 3 tablespoons very good olive oil divided
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest optional
- Easiest Herb Dip Ever
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Place the cod on a lightly oiled baking sheet, or one that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over the fish and use your fingers to spread it over the top and sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 10 minutes, until the fish is just cooked through.
- Transfer to individual plates and sprinkle with a bit of lemon zest, if desired. Spoon a bit of the herb dip on top and serve.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.