February 26, 2016 – I love seafood. Especially seafood from my two favorite gulfs: the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of Alaska.
I love fresh caught seafood. Don’t try to foist off on me those ersatz farmed things. And God forbid the awful GMO stuff. SAY NO TO FRANKENFISH! Got the message?
Fresh caught. It has taste. It has nutrients. It’s good. And it’s good for you. It will make you live longer.
Historically, the humble cod has played an important role. Dried cod was a valuable food staple back in the 10th and 11th centuries when finding food was the focus of every day’s activity. It was the search for cod that drove the Vikings to kick off the exploration of the Earth’s oceans. Without that gnawing hunger we might yet not know the full extent of our world. And I’ll let the debate over whether that is good or bad go to another website.
This evening I had some Alaska cod on hand. A very nice, light white fish. And it’s inexpensive. I tried something a little different. Not the usual fish preparation. But it was delicious. And so easy to prepare.
Alaska Cod with Sauteed Vegetables
Two cod filets, approximately 1/2 pound each
Salt, pepper, and dried dill to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
8 ounces sliced mushrooms (baby bellas or your choice)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup white wine
2 tablespoons capers
Preheat the oven to 350.
Season the cod filets to taste with salt, pepper, and dried dill.
Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily. Be careful not to overcook
Melt the butter with the olive oil in a skillet. Add the mushrooms, onion, red pepper, and garlic. Saute’ for approximately ten minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked down and the onions and peppers are soft.
Deglaze the skillet with white wine. Add the capers. Cook for another five minutes or so, or until the wine is almost completely evaporated and the capers are heated through. Do not let the vegetables become too dry.
Plate the filets onto two plates. Spoon the sautéed vegetables over them.