Advertisement

Poached Cod & Asparagus

March/April 2011

Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (16 votes)

In this recipe, we poach the cod right on top of the asparagus. The result is perfectly cooked cod and tender-crisp asparagus. The sauce is our take on beurre blanc—a traditional French sauce made with wine and lots of butter. Ours uses a little cornstarch for thickening and a judicious amount of butter for flavor.


Poached Cod & Asparagus  Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

Active Time:

Total Time:

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon, divided
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced shallot
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 1/4 pounds cod (see Tip), cut into 4 equal portions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white or black pepper
  • 4 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 1 1/2 bunches asparagus (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Preparation

  1. Juice half the lemon into a small saucepan; reserve the other half. Whisk in wine and cornstarch until combined. Add shallot, bay leaf and peppercorns. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by about half, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle cod with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place a tarragon sprig on each portion. Thinly slice the remaining lemon half and lay the slices over the tarragon.
  3. Place asparagus in an even layer in a large skillet. Add 1/2 cup water. Place the cod on top of the asparagus. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover and cook until the asparagus is tender and the fish is cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Strain the reduced sauce through a sieve into a bowl. Return it to the pan. Over low heat, swirl butter into the sauce 1 tablespoon at a time until melted. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remove from the heat.
  5. Serve the fish and asparagus topped with the sauce.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: Overfishing and trawling have drastically reduced the number of cod in the U.S. and Canadian Atlantic Ocean and destroyed its sea floor. For sustainably fished cod, choose U.S. Pacific cod or Atlantic cod from Iceland and the northeast Arctic. For more information, visit Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch at seafoodwatch.org.

Nutrition

Per serving: 228 calories; 7 g fat (4 g sat, 2 g mono); 61 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 25 g protein; 2 g fiber; 395 mg sodium; 747 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Nutrition bonus: Folate (34% dv), Vitamin C (22% dv), Potassium & Vitamin A (21% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat


More From EatingWell

Recipe Categories

Main Ingredient
Fish
Preparation/ Technique
Poach
Meal/Course
Dinner

Season
Spring
Summer
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
30 minutes or less
Servings
4
Publication
March/April 2011
20 minute dinner recipes
Advertisement
more smart savings
Advertisement
Get a full year of EatingWell magazine.
World Wide Web Health Award Winner Web Award Winner World Wide Web Health Award Winner Interactive Media Award Winner