Saturday, July 23, 2011

Poached Baby Cod With Olive Oil And Lemon...Light And Healthy

Fish in general is a very healthy and is a  light protein with a high water content. In fact all meat-lovers (including me) should switch to fish and eat meat occasionally.  Fish with Omega 3 are even better for you. Sardines, Cod, Salmon are few of the fish which have high Omega 3 content. Here is how you can prepare baby Cod fished offshore Cape Town, South Africa Atlantic side.


The word Merluzzo in Italian means Codfish.  Merluzzetti means baby cod. They are fished, heads cut off, cleaned and sold frozen in supermarkets perfectly packed.
To prepare baby cod you will need:
Serves 6
-  1 kg of baby cod.  A pack of 6 fish.
-  1 sprig of rosemary.
-  2 -3 leaves of basil.
- A large enough pan which can hold all six fish together.
-  Enough water to cover.
-  Salt and pepper.
-  Olive oil and freshly pressed lemon juice.
Method:
-  Lay the six pieces of fish as best as you can fit them in a large pan. It would be even better if you have the special "Poissonière" which is especially made for fish and has a special plate in the oblong pot with holes, with two vertical handles on each side to lift the fish and drain it from its liquids without breaking it.

-  Add the rosemary and the basil.  Salt and pepper, and bring to a soft boil.
-  Simmer for half an hour.
-  Turn off heat and serve.
The fish is now cooked, transfer onto the serving platter, drizzle some olive oil and fresh lemon juice over it and enjoy with boiled vegetables such as amaranth or boiled baby spinach.
Enjoy
Stelio
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