In search of fresh local fish 1: Rock Cod in Lemon Juice and Garlic Sauce
I wasn’t super excited to go fishing at 430am with my buddies! However, it was a beautiful day in Santa Cruz, CA and the boat charter captain was a cool cat. I enjoy boat rides and to my surprise, I did catch a 5 lb Rock Cod. The season for Rock Cod fishing is end of May-September in this area. The captain was kind enough (and fast enough) to fillet the fish properly for me!
Rock Cod is not related to Cod of the Atlantic. However, there are a few recipes that call for deep frying or fish & chips style dishes. Since it was a fresh catch, I decided to cook it with minimum amount of herbs and processing to bring the fresh flavor out. I started by marinating the two fish fillets in:
• 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
• 3 Minced garlic cloves
• and Lemon Juice (1 medium size)
• Salt and pepper to taste
I left the marinated fish alone in the fridge for 7 hours. Use a plate that has edges and cover it with plastic.
Then, I melted two tablespoons of un-sweetened butter in a frying pan. Place the fish fillets in the pan. Fry each side for about 4-5 minutes in medium heat. As you flip the fish over, add the garlic and some of the marination over each fillet. Don’t over cook! Also, if you use less oil the fish will fall apart. If you don’t want to fry the fish, just place the marination, garlic, and the fish in an oven pan and bake it to your liking.