Check out my new and improved version of this recipe: Coconut cod with mango avocado salsa.
Growing up, I didn’t like fish much. Chances are, that only means that I never really tried fish, yet made the decision that I didn’t like the flavor. Every year before Easter, I would be offered fish on Friday nights only to refuse and, instead, enjoy pizza, pasta or grilled cheese and tomato soup. Boy was I missing out. As it turns out, fish of all kinds are among my favorite foods. That “fishy” taste and smell that tends to turn people off? Yeah, I love it.
I could eat fish plain all day, but it’s also nice to dress is up. If you aren’t as ecstatic about fish as I am, you probably need it dressed up. Cod is lighter in both flavor and smell than many other fish, so it’s great for those of you who dislike fish altogether. When breaded in this recipe, the coconut is what stands out with flavor, while the cod lends its flaky texture. This recipe is perfect for fish lovers and the not-so-fish-lovin’ folks alike.
With the coconut crusted cod, I prepared a side of asparagus. Most people expect a breaded fish to come with chips. Aka fries. Aka paleo sweet potato fries. I always find that fish pairs perfectly with asparagus, though. Oven roasted, the asparagus is smothered in ether coconut oil or butter and perfectly textured. Of course feel free to pair the cod with chips, but I find coconut crusted cod to be no exception to my favorite pairing of perfectly cooked fish and roasted asparagus.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Wash and trim the asparagus, cover with 1-2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and place in the oven.
- Place the coconut milk in a shallow bowl.
- In a separate shallow bowl, combine the flour, shredded coconut, paprika and garlic powder.
- Place the cod in the milk for 1 minute on each side. Dip in the flour mixture, coating both sides. Place the breaded cod on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, until cooked through and flaky.
- Remove both the asparagus and the cod from the oven and serve.