Pan Fried Cod with Mustard Caper Sauce

29 May

The other day while window-shopping in the seafood section of Whole Foods, I saw a beautiful piece of fish that I just could not pass up.


I came home and scoured around for a recipe, and I came across one that came from Real Simple Magazine.  I was thrilled because I had the ingredients on hand and I didn’t even have to go to the store!

2 tbsp whole grain mustard
1 tbsp capers, drained
1 tbsp fresh chopped tarragon (optional)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey (optional)
4 6-ounce pieces skinless cod
Salt, pepper, paprika to taste
Lemon Juice

Portion the fish.  In a small bowl stir together the mustard, capers, tarragon, honey, and 2 tbsp olive oil.  Add 2 tbsp water and stir.

Coat a frying pan with the oil of your choice.  (Choose bacon.)  Season the cod with salt/pepper/paprika.  Bring pan to medium high heat and cook the cod until opaque.  The amount of time the fish needs in the pan completely depends on its size and shape.

This was a very thick piece of meat, and at this size it took me about 6-7 minutes per side.

Plate the cod with your favorite veggies as a side.  Spoon the mustard-caper sauce over the fish.  It is really tasty, and I especially loved the texture of the grainy mustard against the buttery fish.



**I also have had success baking the cod loins.

10 Responses to “Pan Fried Cod with Mustard Caper Sauce”

  1. Cakes and Shakes... May 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Nom! I am so trying this: previously I have always been about the salmon or tuna, but have been trying to make myself eat more white fish because it is a nicer vehicle for other flavors – saving this recipe for sure!!


    • the PRIME pursuit May 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      Sweet. 🙂 This was really tangy and delicious. Let us know how it turns out. You have an awesome blog. I also just love eating clean with no gimmicks, rules, etc. Just real food, delicious and nourishing. I hope you continue to enjoy your experience!


  2. Laura Carlton May 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    can you make this next week? looks so good!


  3. Kitchen Bumpkin April 23, 2020 at 6:41 pm #

    What do you do with the lemon juice?


  4. Anonymous September 15, 2020 at 8:43 pm #

    Very disappointed with this recipe. Found the flavor to be strong and somewhat bitter.


  5. Anonymous February 1, 2021 at 9:58 am #

    We ❤️ the sauce, we didn’t like it with cod. Thought the flavor of the sauce overpowered the flavor of the Cod. Thanks for the recipe.


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