Baked Cod with Basil Chive Yogurt Sauce


Cod with Basil Chive Yogurt Sauce

Last weekend, I stopped at my neighborhood Smart & Final for just a few things, and decided to pick up some frozen Cod. I typically prefer my fish to be fresh, but when in a pinch (or I’m being lazy), I’ll grab some frozen. I wanted something light, but flavorful so perused a bunch of recipes for both fish and different types of sauces. I like this Cod dish as it has some crunch on the top while remaining healthy since it’s seared quickly then baked. As for the yogurt sauce, I find it be a nice complement to the fish in terms of flavor points and adding some additional protein. I suggest making the sauce first (directions further down) so it’s ready when the fish is done.

Ingredients 

  • 2 (6-ounce) cod fillets
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, for egg wash
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1/8 tsp. dried thyme)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Place the fillets on a sheet tray or rack so the fish can release its natural juices.
  2. Place the bread crumbs into a shallow dish.
  3. In a separate shallow dish, add 1 beaten egg. Season both sides of the fillet with salt and pepper. Once seasoned, brush the belly side of the cod with the egg. Dip the egg side into the panko bread crumbs.
  4. In a cast iron skillet, add grapeseed oil. Before placing fish into pan, make sure the skillet is very hot. Sear only 1 side of the fish (the side with the bread crumbs). Once the 1 side is seared, place the skillet in the oven for about 4-6 minutes until cooked. *If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, use a regular skillet, then transfer to a greased baking dish, and increase the time to about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Once the fish is cooked, flip it over and add the lemon juice, butter and sprig of thyme. Let melt and baste the fish with the juice.
  6. Remove from pan, place onto plate and top with sauce.

Chive Basil Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/8-1/4 tsp. garlic powder, depending on your garlic preference
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • The finely grated zest and juice of a 1/2 small lemon
  • 4 tsp. of dried parsley
  • A small fistful (about 3 tbsp.) of fresh basil, stems removed, chopped
  • A thumb-thick bundle of fresh chives, chopped (or approx. 1 tbsp. dried)
  • 1/2 cup thick natural yogurt; use full-fat Greek yogurt if calories aren’t an issue
  • 1 tbsp. good-quality light mayonnaise, such as Hellman’s (optional)
  • Salt and milled black pepper

Directions

  1. Stir mustard, garlic, salt, lemon zest and lemon juice in a small mixing bowl, mix/mush well.
  2. Add parsley, then very finely chop the basil and chives, and add them to the bowl.
  3. Stir in the yogurt and mayonnaise (if using), and season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Seared & Baked Cod

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Chuck Blade Steaks With Herb Wine Sauce


Chuck Blade Steak with Herb Wine Sauce

I’ve never made Chuck/Blade steaks before, but picked some up at the grocery store yesterday as I like to switch things up from time to time, and venture out of my comfort zone. I found an old recipe from Gourmet which looked appealing, so gave it a try. To be honest, this isn’t my favorite steak dish of all time, but I thought it was really good!

Ingredients

  • 4 (1/2-inch-thick) top chuck blade steaks (18 oz)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tbsp. fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Pat steaks dry and sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp. butter and oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté steaks 3-4 minutes per side for medium.
  3. Transfer steaks with tongs to a plate and keep warm, loosely covered.
  4. Add remaining 2 tbsp. butter to skillet and cook shallot over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and carefully add wine and any meat juices that have accumulated on plate with steaks.
  6. Simmer until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in herbs and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve steaks with sauce poured over.

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Egg White Salad


Egg White Salad

I LOVE Trader Joe’s and their packaged egg white salad, however, it’s a bit pricey, so decided to make a version of my own today. You can really tailor this to suit your own taste by using various herbs, seasonings and veggies, but I think this recipe has some really great flavor (in my humble opinion).

Ingredients

  • 4 large hardboiled eggs, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. celery, fined diced
  • 1 tbsp. light mayo or Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. ground dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. chives
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
Chopped Egg Whites
Chopped Egg Whites
All of The Ingredients
All of The Ingredients

Directions

  1. Put enough water in a medium pot to cover eggs.
  2. Bring to a boil, cover pot and shut off heat. Keep eggs in pot for 20 minutes.
  3. Discard hot water, then run under cold water and peel the eggs, tossing out the yolks.
  4. Chop finely with fork (and knife, if needed).
  5. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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