The lemon and garlic topping on these fillets of cod make this one of our family favorites.
It will be important to have a broiler to prepare this wonderful preparation of cod fillets.
4 – 4-ounce fillets of Cod
2 tablespoons of Butter
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon of Lemon Pepper
2 tablespoons of Flour
¼ cup of Breadcrumbs (or you can use your favorite herbed crackers crushed in a food processor)
1 teaspoon of Corn Starch
2 tablespoons of Lemon Preserves in Salt, which you can prepare by following the recipe after you click here. (or 1 tablespoon of Lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of Lemon Zest, and ½ teaspoon of Salt, if you do not have Lemon Preserves in Salt.)
2 tablespoons of White Wine Vinegar
2 tablespoons of Chives, finely chopped
½ tablespoon of non-pareil Capers
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
Put the flour, the breadcrumbs (or the crushed crackers), the corn starch, and the lemon pepper on a plate and set them aside. In a blender, blend the minced garlic, the lemon preserves (or lemon juice, and the lemon zest), and the white wine vinegar, and then set it aside. Coat the cod fillets in the flour mixture on both sides and place them near the stove. Heat the butter in a skillet; once it is melted and the skillet is hot (it is important that the skillet is hot), add the coated cod fillets. Sauté the fillets on each side for about 2-3 minutes. (The amount of time that you cook them will depend on the heat of the stove and the thickness of the cod fillet.) You do not want to cook these fillets completely. Be careful that your skillet is not too hot because you do not want to burn them; you just want to put some nice color on them and cook them about 80%. Once you have cooked them for 2-3 minutes on each side, put the cod fillets on a broiling pan, add the lemon and garlic mixture, and add the capers on top of the fillets. Put them under the broiler for another 2-3 minutes. Check to make sure the cod is now fully cooked, and the lemon mixture is nicely browned on top (but be careful that the cod is not overcooked). Once the cod is fully cooked, sprinkle with chives and salt and pepper to taste, and serve.