I made Baked Fish with Paprika Lemon Butter for a busy week night dinner – cooking quickly between my daughters horse riding lesson and my book club meeting. I mixed the butter and spices in advance, and due to the brief cooking time, dinner was on the table in no time. The Herb Crusted Cod with Cauliflower Mash was also perfect when we were pressed for time.
BAKED FISH WITH PAPRIKA LEMON BUTTER
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh parsley
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cod fillets
lemon wedges to serve
Heat oven to 400F. Spray a 13 by 9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
Combine 3 tablespoons of butter, sweet paprika, 1 tablespoon parsley, lemon juice, lemon peel, salt and ground pepper in a small bowl and stir to blend. Spread seasoned butter mixture over both sides of fish fillets. Sprinkle each with additional salt and pepper. Transfer fish to prepared dish. Bake fish until just opaque in center, about 10 minutes. Transfer fish to a platter, sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, garnish with lemon wedges and serve.
HERB CRUSTED COD WITH CAULIFLOWER MASH
1 cauliflower, cut into florets
2 ounces semisoft cheese with garlic and herbs
4 to 5 cod fillets
2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Place cauliflower in a pot, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium. Cook, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
Drain cauliflower, and mash. Stir in cheese, season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm.
Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. In a shallow dish, beat egg. In another shallow dish combine bread crumbs and dill, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Dip fish pieces into egg, then into bread crumb mixture. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the fish, cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until fish is golden brown and flakes easily with a fork. Drain on paper towels. Serve with cauliflower mash.
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, September 2013