Blackened Cod

Dear Diary,

I know it’s been a while so I am sorry. I read an article that cod was a milder tasting fish & since you can buy wild caught cod at the grocery store I was looking forward to trying it out. I made sure to get filet type pieces. I am always bummed when I forget to request what I want & we get random end pieces. Just to let you in on a secret, I never post recipes I don’t like & I have had a few failures lately. The cod did not disappoint. If you have made cod before, I would love to hear your thoughts & how you prepared it!

I blackened the cod, added a few extra ingredients & cooked in the skillet. Then cooked in the oven for a few extra minutes (suggestion from a friend). Make sure to use a skillet that is safe to put in the oven. I did check on the fish to see if it looked done after a few minutes in the oven. My husband likes his fish cooked a little longer than mine, hence the varying times listed below in the instructions. Very simple, easy recipe. Life goals in cooking accomplished.



For the Blackened seasoning:

Mix all ingredients below & store remaining in a sealed container.     Ingredients: 1.5 teaspoons paprika, 1 teaspoon dried thyme,  1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon oregano,  1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper & 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Additional ingredients:
2 skinless cod fillets
1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
2 Tablespoons EVOO plus additional to coat skillet
1-2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Spread blackened seasoning on cod.
3. Heat extra virgin olive oil in skillet over medium high heat, place cod fillets in skillet & cook for 4-5 minutes on one side.
4. While they are cooking, mix parsley, EVOO, minced garlic, mustard & lemon juice in a bowl.
5. After 4-5 minutes turn & cook cod fillets on other side. Once on other side, pour mixture over both fillets. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
6. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven & bake for an additional 3-4 minutes until fish is cooked thoroughly or to desired taste.

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