Baked Cod with Beurre Blanc Sauce

Parsley sauce poured over cod and vegetables
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    35 mins
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This elegant combination of a basic white fish like cod with a simple butter-based sauce is a starting point for any number of variations. Try it with swordfish, snapper, flounder or any fish with a relatively high-fat content, as lean fish are more prone to dry out when baked.

Here's the recipe for the beurre blanc sauce.

What You'll Need

  • 6 6-oz cod fillets
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (the juice of about ½ lemon)
  • 2 oz unsalted butter (½ stick), melted
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground white pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup beurre blanc sauce

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Arrange cod fillets, skin down, on a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat.
  3. With a pastry brush or even a paper towel, brush the fillets with lemon juice and then melted butter.
  4. Season with Kosher salt and with a pinch of white pepper -- about the amount of pepper you can pick up between your thumb and forefinger.
  5. Bake until the fish is opaque and is just beginning to flake, 10-15 minutes or so, brushing once with more melted butter about halfway through the cooking.
  1. Serve topped with hot beurre blanc sauce. 

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