Are you considering a new seafood recipe but not sure what your family may enjoy? We have an excellent recommendation that's sure to please even your pickiest eaters. Try our easy to follow Greek-Style Baked Atlantic Cod Loin recipe for a flavorful dish, yet mild fish taste. Not only will this dish bring you raving reviews, but you'll also reap the health rewards without even making an effort. Sound too good to be true? Let's take a look at the many benefits of cooking with cod.
Why Choose Cod Fillets for Your Next Meal?
Cod is a favorite among many for its mild flavor and year-round availability. This lean fish has a firm yet tender texture to it while also being relatively lean. Cod is easy to cook in various methods, making it even more popular among avid fish lovers. From steaming and baking to preparing your fillets in an instant pot, you’ll love the cooking versatility a cod fillet provides. It’s mild flavoring also makes it ideal for pairing with an assortment of delicious side dishes, so experiment to your heart's content.
The Health Benefits of Eating Cod
Cod is no exception for providing several health benefits to those who enjoy it. Cod is low in fat and rich in protein, providing roughly twenty grams of protein per one hundred grams of cod. Protein helps support the function, regulation, and structure of your organs, tissue, and cells throughout your body. It also contains vital amino acids your body is unable to produce on its own. Take note that some plant-based protein sources cannot produce these amino acids, so reconsider filling up on cod for all your protein needs.
Eating cod may provide incredible health benefits, including:
- Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Lowering your risk of diabetes
- Supporting your cognitive health
Cod are known for their high mineral and vitamin content and omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids support your health in areas including:
- Strengthening your immune system
- Supporting your endocrine system
The History of Cod
Cod played an essential role in the lives of early European settlers. In North America, they were an abundant food source. As history tells us, Native Americans taught early settlers how to fish efficiently. As plentiful fish, they were easy to catch and took little effort to prepare. Unfortunately, over time, cod became much less abundant but still an enjoyed meal by many.
A Few Cod Fun Facts
Did you know cod are typically a greenish-brown color, yet can change color according to their depth? The deeper they swim, the more likely they are to change to a grey-green and a brownish-red. They’re also recognizable as the fish with the “whiskers” on their chins.
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Greek Style Baked Atlantic Cod Loin Recipe
Greek Cod Ingredients:
- 4 Atlantic Cod Loin fillets
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
- 5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp melted butter
Coating Your Cod:
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 3/4 tsp sweet paprika
- 3/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 ground black pepper
Preparing Your Cod Dish:
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a shallow bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, and melted butter together and set aside.
- Combine the all-purpose flour with all of the spices and the salt and pepper in another shallow bowl.
- Pat the Atlantic Cod Loin, fillets dry with kitchen paper. Dip one fillet in the lemon juice mixture and then into the flour, shaking off any excess. Repeat with the remaining fillets.
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Place the coated fillets into the skillet. Sear each fillet on all sides. The fish should be colored but not thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat.
- Add the minced garlic to the remaining lemon juice and pour over the Atlantic Cod Loin fillets. Place the skillet in the heated oven for about 10 minutes to cook the fillets all the way through. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parsley.
Serving suggestions: To keep this fish dish's flavors authentically European, serve it with a traditional Greek salad or a Mediterranean style chickpea salad.