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Seared Cod with Peas, Pancetta, and Wilted Lettuce
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cod or hake filets (about 6 ounces each)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces diced pancetta
4 cups thawed frozen peas
1 head of baby gem or romaine lettuce, finely sliced (about 2 cups)
2 tablespoons of chopped flat leaf parsley, plus extra for garnish
4 tablespoons creme fraiche
1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat until shimmering. Season the cod with salt and pepper and place presentation-side-down in the hot skillet. Cook without moving until the fish takes on a nice golden crust and lifts easily from the spatula, about 4 minutes. Carefully flip fish with a thin metal spatula and cook on second side until cooked through, about 1 minute longer. Remove skillet from heat and transfer cod to a paper towel-lined plate.
2. Add the pancetta to the same skillet, and return to medium-high heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until pancetta starts to become crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the peas and warm through, stirring often. Add 2 tablespoon of water, lettuce, parsley, and creme fraiche. Stir over the heat until the creme fraiche has melted and the lettuce is just beginning to wilt. Season with salt and pepper.
3. To plate, make a bed of the peas. Top with the cod. Garnish with more parsley.
Nov 18th 2013
I am pretty fussy when it comes to both the preparation and taste of fish but I've found cod to be one of the more forgiving and best tasting options. When done correctly it has such a delicate texture and light, fresh taste that I always feel that I'm doing my body a favor whenever I eat it.