Lemon and caper oven-baked blue cod March 7, 2017

You don’t need too many ingredients at hand to create this exceptionally delicious recipe. Un-rinsed capers and coarsley grated lemon rind are tossed with roughly crumbed, stale bread and a copious pouring of melted butter before being pressed on top of cod fillets and grilled until crisp. The fish remains moist and succulent underneath – divine.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups coarse wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoons capers
  • grated rind of 2-3 lemons
  • juice of 1-2 lemons
  • 125 grams butter, melted
  • 6-8 blue cod fillets
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley

Method

  1. Set the rack just above the centre in the oven. Preheat the oven to 200ºC fan-grill (220ºC without fan). Line an oven tray with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the breadcrumbs, capers, lemon rind, lemon juice and melted butter. Season well with freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Arrange the fish evenly in a single layer on the prepared tray and press even amounts of the crumb on top, making sure all the fillets are well covered.
  4. Fan-grill in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the fish just begins to flake easily. Serve scattered with chopped fresh parsley and freshly ground black pepper. Accompany with lemon wedges.

Cooks Tips

– The crumb can be prepared in advance, but once it is arranged on the fish cook it straight away and serve immediately from the oven. – Blue cod is a medium-textured fish and if you are unable to purchase blue cod, use butterfish, John Dory, garfish, Lookdown Dory, Red Gurnard, Sea Perch, Orange Roughy, snapper or tarakihi.

 

 

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