I'm not sure if there's an easier way to cook fish than what the French call "unilateral." You just put it in a hot pan, and don't move it until it's cooked all the way through. What that means for this cod is one side develops a thick, golden, perfect crust, and the other side is steamed to flaky perfection. I've combined the vegetable and the sauce into one, serving the fish on a bed of simply creamed leeks. Soft and subtle and lovely.
Crispy Cod Cooked 'Unilaterally' with Creamed Leeks Recipe
4 cod filets, about 6 ounces each
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
12 baby leeks, finely sliced (about 2 cups sliced leeks)
1/2 cup heavy cream
Lemons for serving
Season the cod with salt and pepper. Heat oil over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet until shimmering. Add the cod, presentation side down. Cover and cook without moving until the fish is cooked through, about 15 minutes (meat should flake easily when pulled with a fork). Carefully transfer fish to a large plate, crisp-side up, and tent with foil to keep warm.
Pour off most of the oil from the pan and return it to medium heat. Add the leeks, season with salt and pepper, and sweat until soft, about 6 minutes, adding up to 1/3 cup water to encourage softening if necessary. Add 1/3 cup of water to help soften the leeks further. Add cream, increase heat to high, and bring to a boil. Cook until lightly thickened, then season to taste with salt and pepper. To plate, scoop the creamed leeks onto the bottom of a serving dish and top with the cod, golden side up. Serve with lemon wedges.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||24%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||40%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 18mg||91%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|