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Baked Cod with Cream

This Irish specialty makes an elegant dinner for two or a delicious meal for the whole family.

  • 7 T. butter, divided
  • 1 T. minced onion
  • 6 6-ounce cod portions
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 to 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 quart light cream or half-and-half
  • scant 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • chopped fresh parsley
In a large frying pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, and sauté the onion until soft. Place cod in pan and cook for 1 minute on each side; season with salt and pepper to taste. Add bay leaves, pour cream over, and simmer, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the cod portions) or until fish is done. (It will flake apart easily, and juices should be clear.) Remove fish to an oven-safe serving dish and place in oven on its lowest setting. Turn heat to low under remaining cooking liquid.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the flour, reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid scorching. Remove from heat.

Increase the heat under the cooking liquid until it’s steaming; do not allow it to boil. Use a wire whisk to stir in the butter-flour mixture; cook and stir until sauce is thickened and smooth. Remove bay leaves. Spoon sauce over fish, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.

Makes 3 large/6 small servings.

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Of course cooking times would vary but any quality white meat fish would be awesome. I'm thinking Halibut. Why not even salmon? Thanks for this recipe.
Chuck, Reno, NV
Posted: 3/15/2012 12:06:17 AM
I wish we could get fresh fish but we are too far in to find anything but frozen. Still, this should be good.
l, r, NM
Posted: 10/9/2010 5:20:30 PM
We don't like fish much, but I'm trying to get us used to it. This looks like a good recipe for that (mild)
wendy, round rock, TX
Posted: 5/8/2010 3:24:41 PM
This would be a great fresh substitute for the creamed salt cod I remember as a child. That was way to fussy to fix. This one is much easier and I think will be as good or better.
Terry, Jamestown, NY
Posted: 4/16/2010 4:36:31 PM
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