Pan-seared Cod with curried Basmati Rice, Snow Peas & Mint

In an effort to incorporate fish into our diet at least twice a week, this pan-seared cod on a bed of fragrant and aromatic basmati rice and snow peas was a great addition to a meatless meal.  It did not heat up the kitchen as much, and dinner was served in about 30 minutes.

Wash and dry the fresh produce.  Snap off the stems of the snow peas and pull off the tough string that runs the length of the pod.  Halve each pod on an angle.  Using a peeler, remove the green rind of the lime, avoiding the white pith, mince the rind to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester).  Quarter the lime.  Peel and dice the onion.  Pick the cilantro and mint leaves off the stems, discard the stems.  Peel and mince the ginger.

When cooking the snow peas, in a non-stick pan, heat some ghee on medium-high until hot.  Add ginger and garlic, season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes or until softened and fragrant.  Add the snow peas and half the lime zest.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until peas are bright green.  Transfer to a bowl and set aside in a warm place.

Pat the cod fillets dry with paper towels; season with salt, pepper and the remaining lime zest on both sides.  In the pan used to cook the snow peas, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium high until hot.  Add the seasoned fillets and cook 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.  Remove from the heat and keep warm.  When plating, serve over a bed of curried basmati rice, add the chopped mint, and the juice of 2 lime wedges.  Top with snow peas.

Served with a radish/cucumber and scallion salad, this was a complete and satisfying meal for 2.

My blogger friends, today I will be co-hosting Angie’s Fiesta Friday #74 with Caroline@ Caroline’s cooking and Loretta @safariofthemind. We both warmly welcome you to this wonderful happening party each Friday. Do please link your blogs to Angie’s, Caroline’s and my sites, as we will receive a ping back and know that you’ve arrived. Also, please tag your posts with “Fiesta Friday” as well, so that it’s easy for others to find you and you will also be eligible for the weekly feature. If you are new, we’d love to have you and encourage you to stay. It sure is a great way to gain more exposure and meet like-minded bloggers. Here are the guidelines.To join in, just click on the image below, follow the prompts and you’re in! Do stay around, visit other blog sites, encourage one another and enjoy a feast for the eyes!

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43 comments

  1. aha! Found my spot to tell you how lovely this post is! I particularly liked the detail of step one, as you are not assuming people reading it can do some steps that more experienced cooks take for granted. Thanks for another recipe to try!

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    1. Thanks Sue. Yes, sometimes the step by step pictorial gives a clearer image of what to expect. Appreciate you stopping by to comment. Looking forward to a post from you on your farm experiences 🙂

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  2. Such a delicious meal at the snap of a finger. I know, it takes more time than that! I like all the brilliant colors and complementing flavors on that plate. Pictures…wow, a visual treat! I made a similar combo recently, rice, fish and veggies and it is always a hearty meal!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, and yes it did take a little time to assemble it all, but I love counting the veggies on my plate at any meal, and this certain had a variety of colorful and hearty ones. Don’t you just love rice, fish and vegetables? I know I do 🙂

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  3. What a beautiful looking meal and so healthy. I am not good at eating fish at home because we don’t get a lot of good fish here, in my opinion. When we travel though I can’t get enough of it. I have a few in the freezer so will be trying this lovely meal.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and visiting Julie, always appreciate it. That’s too bad that you don’t get a lot of fresh fish where you are. I guess I grew up eating fish, hence my love for seafood. It’s great that you take advantage of your vacations to indulge. Have a great weekend 🙂

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    1. My pleasure to co-host Jhuls, thank you for stopping in, yes the meal was indeed delicious. I could just live on fish and veggies, and I’m sure in the Philippines it is the same?

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  4. I’ve been trying to eat more fish, too, Loretta! It’s hard sometimes for me to incorporate it in my diet since I’m picky about fish in general. But cod I like! Mostly fried, though. But this actually looks really delicious! I’ll sit down to this without any complaint! Thanks for co-hosting FF! XOXO

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    1. My pleasure Angie, perhaps we should have a rotating schedule to co-host? :). Ooooo, I love fish, I guess I grew up with a love of seafood. Do you like salmon at all? I could eat anything from the sea, and I literally mean anything…Octopus? Bring it on :))

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    1. My pleasure Judi. I grew up loving fish so I must say whenever we go out to eat, I always look at the seafood selections first. Yes, I should grill fish more, but fish is so delicate, I’m always afraid of ruining it when flipping it over. Perhaps I should buy the grill gadget in a shape of a fish that you can just flip over without tearing it apart. Do you have that?

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      1. No, I don’t but what I do is place orange, lemon or lime slices on the grill and then place the fish on top. You could also put down some foil or use cedar planks which give salmon especially a nice flavor 🙂

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    1. Thank you Indus. I too just love fish and rice, I grew up on seafood, as I’m sure you must have too. The snow peas, radish and cucumber rounded up the dish nicely with those lovely colors and textures.

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    1. Aww, thanks Liz, I’m not sure I’d go quite so far as comparing the meal being served in a high class restaurant, but thanks for the compliment anyway :). Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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    1. Aww, you’re so sweet Fae, thank you very much. I happen to like all types of seafood, so this was a treat for sure. I hope all is well with you. Thanks for stopping by as always 🙂

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    1. Thanks Donna, I do hope you were able to get the fish. By the way, I’m just working on a veggie garden post that should be published in the next couple of days. Then it will be a flower garden post, and I’d like to link that post to your blog as I always get so inspired by your urban garden and all the tips that you provide. I’m sure you have enough followers, but I know a lot of folks would love your blog 🙂

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  5. Loretta,
    Hats off to you for working on those vegetable beds! It is a lot of work. Gardening – the day after that is- reminds me of muscles I had forgotten I had:)
    What a great idea to incorporate fish twice a week! I grew up eating fish 3 times a week but somehow have not managed to do it here. Your recipe with cod (my favorite) snow peas and the basmati rice has inspired me to cook fish more often!
    Btw, I was trying to link my recipe to Fiesta Friday but it said it is closed…..am I too late?

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    1. I too grew up with a lot of fish, in fact I love whole fish more than I like the filleted type. Today I made salmon curry and rice. Yes, unfortunately FF closes on Wednesday, but at least you’ll be early for tomorrow’s FF :))

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