Quinoa Crusted Pacific Cod with Mojo Verde
A good fish fry is crunchy in the outside, meaty, and light in the inside. This is a hearty and light recipe that works perfectly with the mild flavor of Pacific Cod. Using quinoa and egg white to create a light and crispy crust also makes this recipe gluten free.
- For Fish:
- 2 pieces Pacific Cod
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 cup vegetable oil, for frying
- For Mojo Verde:
- 1 Tbsp fresh chives
- 1 Tbsp fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp fresh mint
- 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
- 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- A pinch of freshly ground pepper
- Salt, to taste
Season the fish with salt on both sides, sprinkle with lemon zest. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white to incorporate air until foamy. Brush the fish lightly with egg white on both sides. Add the remaining egg to one cup of cooked quinoa. Season quinoa with a pinch of salt and add smoked paprika. Place the quinoa mixture in a tray or platter. Working with your hands, pat the fish with the quinoa until it is well coated on both sides. Put the fish in the freezer for 15 minutes.
For Mojo Verde
In the meantime, make the Mojo Verde sauce. Finely chop all the fresh herbs and jalapeño, mix in a bowl with the lemon juice and olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Shallow fry the fish for about 2 minutes on each side, until the crust is golden brown, and the fish is cooked through. Serve immediately topped with Mojo Verde. Enjoy!
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Sujhey Beisser is a food blogger and personal chef located in Madison, WI. She’s originally from Venezuela, and learned to cook watching her mother, grandmother, and aunts in the kitchen. Sujhey’s approach to food is all about drawing the best out of fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. Check out her recipe for quinoa crusted Pacific cod with mojo verde and head over to her website for more inventive, fresh and seasonal recipes!