Friday, April 3, 2015

Cod That is Simple and Easy to Make

My mother used to be the type of woman who slaved over a stove with all four burners going making huge meals. Though it was just the two of us, family always dropped in to see what she was cooking. With my mom around, family had a choice of what they would eat for dinner -- either what we were having or eat what was being made in their home. Most of the time, they picked what we were having.

Since her RA has gotten worse, those days gone. She still cooks but with less work. She has simplified many of her recipes to be done in the oven or slow cooker now. One of those simplified recipes is for cod. Seeing as it is Good Friday, I feel this recipe is perfect to share today.

This recipe is a bit tweaked. It's not mama's original version but it does pack the same home-cooked flavor I love.


2 cod fillets cut in half
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 half of lemon or orange, thinly sliced

2 Tsps. extra-virgin olive oil
1 half lemon
1 tsp of red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried rosemary


Preheat oven at 350 F. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme. Set it aside.

In a medium-sized glass bowl, squeeze the juice from the half of lemon, and then add in the olive oil, red pepper flakes, and rosemary. Mix for a couple of minutes. Place cod -- one at a time -- in the mixture making sure it is coated on both sides.

Place each piece of cod into a glass baking dish. Sprinkle each piece of cod with the dry seasoning mix from the small bowl, on both sides. Place the lemon slices over the cod.

If you have enough of the coating left, pour the rest into the baking dish and add a tsp of water (help keep fish moist). Sprinkle dried parsley over the cod (optional). Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Place baking dish in oven and bake cod for 40 to 45 minutes.

Serve with any side(s) you like. I usually serve with sautéed broccoli and seasoned wild rice.

Makes four servings.

How do you like to eat cod, broiled, baked, fried, or grilled?

Image Credit: "Bacalao" by Jorge de Andrés - Jorge de Andrés. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons