This week I decided to jump out of my comfort zone and try to cook something that I’ve never cooked before: fish! I never tried to make it because for some reason I always felt like it would be really difficult to cook.
I would imagine if you bought a whole fish and had to fillet it yourself that would be a different story but when you buy it ready for the pan it’s easy as 1-2-3!
Besides my feelings that it might be hard to prepare, Joe isn’t the biggest fan of fish. If he orders fish at a restaurant he will order, as he would call it, the least “fishy” fish. He will typically stick to a fish like tilapia or Chilean sea bass.
So when I mentioned that I would be making fish for dinner, let’s just say that he was less than pleased. I convinced him that it would be amazing and he would regret ever doubting me (even though I myself was not so confident that I’d be able to pull it off).
I found a recipe for Simple Sicilian Cod. I mean, it has the word “simple” in the name. How hard could it be? Turns out, there’s no reason to be scared of cooking fish because it was in fact, quite simple. And quite delicious! If you are looking to step out of your “chicken” comfort zone, I would highly recommend trying this meal. It’s quick, doesn’t include many ingredients, and is also very satisfying. Let’s take a look at the recipe, shall we?
As always, start out by prepping your vegetables. Dice a large onion and 4 Roma tomatoes. Mince 10 cloves of garlic (4 for the fish and 6 for the broccoli). If you are not a huge fan of garlic, feel free to lower the amount of cloves. I can’t help myself; we have a garlic obsession in our family. Chop up ¼ cup of loosely packed fresh parsley (must be fresh!).
Once all those ingredients are prepared, you can start cooking your fish. Season the fish with salt and pepper (on each side) and place in large pan, with extra virgin olive oil, over medium heat. Make sure that you’ve heated the pan before you add the fish. This will really help to form a nice crust on the fish. You’re going to cook the fish for about 3 minutes on each side, just until each side starts to brown.
While your fish is cooking, you can start with your side dish. I decided to make a side dish that we cook with just about any meal,sautéed broccoli. If we haven’t made this once during the week, something has gone horribly wrong. Add garlic to a large pan with extra virgin olive oil and cook until it just starts to brown. You want to make sure you don’t burn the garlic.
Then, add frozen broccoli to the pan and mix thoroughly so that the garlic isn’t all sitting on the bottom of the pan. If you skip this step, you will get burnt garlic (ain't nobody got time for that!) You can also use fresh broccoli if you so desire, we just happen to use frozen. Cover the pan and let it sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once your fish has been cooked on each side, remove from the pan and set aside. Add the diced onion to the pan and sauté until it becomes translucent. Then, add the garlic and dried oregano and sauté for another minute or so. Next, add the red wine vinegar and stir until everything is thoroughly mixed with one another. Return the fish to the pan and add the diced tomatoes on top of each fillet of cod. Cover the pan and let the flavors marinate with one another for about 3-5 minutes, depending on how thick the fish is.
Lastly, add the chopped parsley on top and serve with your beautiful side of green broccoli! See how simple that was? You know I wouldn’t steer you in the wrong direction.
You may be wondering, what did Joe think? Well it turns out, he really liked it and said this should be part of the regular meal rotation! #husbandapproved