A Lifestyle Blog by Mwahaki King


Monday 19 September 2016

What's for Dinner? ~ Basil Lemon Codfish

It's safe to say that I absolutely LOVE seafood (a natural consequence of growing up on islands, I suppose) It's healthy and delicious, so even in America I try to get as much of it in my diet as possible. I chose to make this dish with cod and simple things I had lying around the kitchen. It's quick, easy and flavourful. So let's get started!

Serves 2

1 tbsp Olive Oil
2/3 cup Fat-Free Low-Sodium Vegetable Broth
1 cup Jasmine Rice
3/4 lb Atlantic Cod fillet, cut into 6 - 8 pieces

1 tsp Original Blend Salt Free Mrs. Dash (Personally, I don't tend to use a lot of salt in my cooking, but if you prefer salt or Mrs. Dash is unavailable, 1/2 tsp table salt should be fine)
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper - Optional, but I happen to like it spicy ;) 

1 1/2 tsp Fresh Chopped Basil 

1/4 tsp Thyme Leaves or Ground Thyme
1/2 cup Chopped Shallots
1/2 cup Chopped Garlic
2 cups Chopped Plum Tomatoes
The juice from one half of a lemon


  • Place the 1 cup of rice in a bowl, fill with water and set aside.
  • In the meantime, bring a saucepan of 1 1/2 cups of lightly salted water to a boil
  • Drain the rice that had been set aside and repeat as necessary to remove excess starch.
  • Once excess starch has been removed, pour the rice into the saucepan
  • Cover the saucepan and reduce to a very low heat. Let this simmer for 15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed

  • Combine Mrs. Dash (or salt), black pepper and smoked paprika. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture evenly over the cod

  • Turn the stovetop on a high heat, add oil to a skillet and swirl to coat
  • Add fish to the skillet, skin side down. Cook until lightly browned, approximately 3 minutes. Then reduce the heat to medium-high and turn fish over

  • Add shallots, garlic (and cayenne pepper) 

  • Cook until shallots are translucent, approximately 4 minutes - Stir occasionally
  • Add chicken broth, tomatoes and thyme. 
  • Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes
  • Add lemon juice and 1 tsp basil. Cook for an additional 2 minutes
  • Turn off stove. Serve with jasmine rice as the base and pour cod mixture on top; approximately 3 - 4 pieces of fish person. Use remaining basil as garnish

Now just set the table, get yourself a glass of bubbly and enjoy!

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