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Pan Fried Cod Fillet {Easy Delicious Asian Fusion}

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Pan Fried Cod Fillet

Pan Fried Cod Fillet featuring ginger, green onion and black pepper is so naturally delicious and tender. It is an easy 10 minutes cooking as long as you master a few essential tips & tricks. What a perfect way to enjoy this nutritious fish.

What Do You Need to Make Pan Fried Cod?

Pan Fried Cod Ingredients:

Pan Fried Cod Fillet Ingredients
Pan Fried Cod Fish Fillet Ingredients

Cod Fillet – I typically get an entire piece of from my local fish market. Some part of the fillet (the left part which is the back of the fish in the picture) is much thicker, which requires slicing into the similar thickness using an angle cut technique. If you use a pre-cut and not overly thick cod fish fillet, then you do not have to worry about this extra step.

marinate cod fillet pieces for Pan Fried Cod
Marinate Cod Fillet Pieces

Sake Sake has a refreshing clarifying subtle taste, which makes sake my go-to cooking wine for seafood.

Black Pepper and Paprika – Freshly ground black pepper and paprika are the primary seasonings. They work well together to flavor seafood.

Himalayan Pink Salt – it is my go-to salt besides sea salt. You may substitute with salt of your options.

Arrowroot Flour is my go-to superfood gluten-free starch. Together with egg, they help to contain the seasoning and moisture to create a tender & tasty cod. You can also thank them for the enticing brown glaze. You may substitute with the starch of your choice.

Coat the Marinated Cod Fish Fillet with Arrowroot Flour
Coat the Marinated Cod Fish Fillet with Arrowroot Flour

Avocado oil is my primary cooking & baking oil since they are such a versatile and healthy oil option. I also use canola oil, olive oil, and coconut oil depending on the cooking needs.

Ginger is a tasty & nutritious fresh spice. Together with Green Onions, they are the essential spices for Chinese cooking. I use them for almost everything, including meat, seafood, and vegetables such as Napa Cabbage Stir Fry with Vinegar Sauce.

Green Onions also has a unique an eye-catching green color and refreshing taste and crunchy texture, a wonderful complement to meat and seafood. For this reason, I frequently use them as a garnishing item.

Pan Fried Cod
Pan Fried Cod

Useful Kitchen Utensils:

A quality non-stick fry-pan is the key for dishes like this. Quality means they are made of healthy materials, can withstand high heat and has superb non-stick function. I have searched a long time for this, and am so glad I found these and the search is officially over.

Pan Fried Cod Fillet {Easy Delicious Asian Fusion}
Braised Cod Fish Fillet

A good chef knife helps slice the fish efficiently.

A pair of handy bamboo cooking chopsticks or kitchen tongs makes it so much easier to dab cod with arrowroot flour while holding one piece at a time.

A firm while flexible slotted turner helps flip the fish easier.

How to make a Pan Fred Cod Fillet Perfectly each time?

See the Recipe for a detailed step-by-step tutorial. A few things I’d like to highlight here:

Tip No.1 is to cut fish fillet in consistent thin slices

This is especially tricky for cod as part of the fillet is naturally much thicker than the other part.

What you do is to use a chef’s knife to slice the fish with an angle to create thinner fillet pieces, similar to the Cod belly part meat. This way, we create similar thickness and serving-sized fish fillet pieces, easier for marinating, cooking and serving.

Slice Fish Fillet with an angle for consistent thin pieces
Slice Fish Fillet with an angle for consistent thin pieces

This is a popular cut for Chinese cooking. Sauteed Basa Fillet or Napa Cabbage stir-fry are just two of those examples.

Tip No.2 is to marinate fish fillet properly

Marinate Cod Fish Fillet Pieces
Marinate Cod Fish Fillet Pieces

The first is to marinate fish fillet with sake, mix well together using a pair of wooden spatula. The same way you mix a salad.

Second is to sprinkle the fish with salt, black pepper, and paprika, mix well again.

The third is to coat cod with egg liquid. Last is to dab the pieces into arrowroot flour lightly right before you are ready to cook. Try not to let fish fillet coated with arrowroot sit too long, otherwise, the arrowroot will absorb all the moisture and become a gooey mess.

Last but not least is to cook in a small batch at a time

Since we need to flip the cod fillets halfway through cooking, we will need room to turn and flip the Cod. Also, we don’t want to over-crowd the pan for pan-frying.

For one pound Cod, you should be able to fit into a 12-inch pan.

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Pan Fried Cod Fillet

Pan Fried Cod Fillet {Easy Tasty Asian Fusion}

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Pan Fried Cod Fillet featuring ginger, green onion and black pepper is so naturally delicious and tender. What a perfect way to enjoy this nutritious fish.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cod fish fillet
  • 1 tbsp sake
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt, see notes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour, see notes
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 small piece of ginger, about 10 thin slices, or use 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 stalk of green onions, chopped into small pieces

Instructions

  1. Gather all ingredients.
    Pan Fried Cod Fillet Ingredients
  2. Rinse cod fillet thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel
  3. Lay it flat on the cutting board, first cut vertically along the natural dividing line.
  4. One portion of the cod fillet, the back of the cod, is much thicker than the belly of the code. Apply the knife with an angle to slit through the fish into a thin piece, similar to that in the belly.
  5. Add fish pieces into a mixing bowl, add sake and mix well using a pair of wooden spatulas. Then add salt, black pepper, and paprika. If you use ginger powder, also add it to the mixing bowl. Mix well again and set aside.
    marinate cod fillet pieces
  6. Crack and whisk the egg in a bowl until smooth. Pour the egg liquid over the fish pieces in the mixing bowl. Mix well until fish is coated evenly with egg
    Marinated Cod Fish Fillet Pieces Coated with Egg Liquid
  7. Place the arrowroot flour in a shallow bowl. Take one piece of the fillet at a time, gently dab the fish into the arrowroot flour, both sides, place it onto a plate. Repeat until you have completed all cod pieces. Do not over-coating the fish, you just need a very thin layer of it.
    Coat the Marinated Cod Fish Fillet with Arrowroot Flour
  8. Turn the heat to medium, heat a 12-inch non-stick fry-pan for 1 minute and then add 2 tbsp avocado oil.
  9. Add ginger slices, and about three quarters of green onions, and then lay the cod fillet pieces flat across the pan, and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Turn the heat to low. Carefully flip the fish using a slotted turner and cook for another 5 minutes.
    Pan Fried Cod Fillet
  11. All done! Garnish with the remaining green onion pieces. Enjoy a naturally delicious cod.

Notes

  • I generally use the whole piece of cod fillet. If you use frozen pre-cut fillet, de-thaw thoroughly in the refrigerator first. Skip steps 3 and 4.
  • Himalayan pink salt is my go-to salt other than sea salt. You may use salt of your options.
  • Arrowroot flour is my go-to starch which is a superfood gluten-free version. Substitute with the starch of your options.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 341mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 29g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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