Pan-seared cod with cabbage

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium
3 pieces streaky bacon, cut into 0.5cm thin strips
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 head Savoy cabbage, thinly sliced (about 390g)
1 to 2 tbsp water
1 tbsp whole-grain mustard
1 tbsp white vermouth
3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped (0.75 tsp fresh thyme leaves)
Pinch allspice
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 (175–200g) cod or hake fillets
1) Heat a large skillet over a medium-low heat and cook the bacon in the olive oil until lightly crisp and most of the bacon fat renders, about 5 minutes. Drain all but a thin layer of the reserved fat from the pan, and reserve for cooking the fish.

2) Add the onion to the pan, and cook, stirring until wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cabbage and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.

3) Add the water, mustard, vermouth, thyme and allspice, and season with 0.5 tsp salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and cook until soft and fragrant, about 8 minutes more. (This can be done up to 1 hour ahead and then reheated, covered, to serve.)

4) Pat the fish dry and season with the remaining 0.5 tsp salt and pepper, to taste.

5) Heat a large nonstick skillet over a high heat and add the reserved bacon fat to the pan. Lay the fish, skin-side up, in the pan and cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Turn the fish over and continue to cook over a medium to medium-high heat until the fish is opaque but not flaking, about 4 minutes more.

6) Divide the cabbage among 4 plates, place the fish browned side up on top and drizzle any juices over the fish. Serve.

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