Baked Cod with Morels
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.Advertisement
If using fresh morels, briefly swish in a large bowl of tepid water. Drain and repeat as many times as needed to remove all the dirt. Gently but thoroughly pat dry; coarsely chop. (If using dried morels, soak in 2 cups warm water for 30 minutes. Strain in a cheesecloth-lined sieve and reserve the soaking liquid. Rinse to remove any remaining dirt and coarsely chop. Thinly slice creminis.)
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the fresh morels (or creminis) and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 seconds. (If using dried mushrooms, stir them in along with the reserved soaking liquid, increase heat to high and boil until the liquid is mostly evaporated, about 8 minutes.) Remove from heat and stir in parsley and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
Place fish in a single layer in the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Divide the mushroom mixture over the fish. Drizzle with lemon juice. Mix breadcrumbs and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a small bowl and sprinkle over the fish.
Bake until the fish is just cooked through and the breadcrumbs are brown, about 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Our favorite cod is U.S. Pacific cod from Alaskan waters; other West Coast cod and some Atlantic cod (sometimes called scrod) can also be sustainable choices. For the most up-to-date information about choosing sustainable seafood, visit seafoodwatch.org.
1/2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 3 fat