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This is a no-fail fish recipe that is so flavorful and easy to make. The cod poaches in a buttery coconut milk broth, and you can cook it in a skillet on the stove or over a campfire.
To start, sautè some Fresno peppers and lime zest in a pat of butter.
Fresno peppers have a heat level that is similar to jalapeños. I love them in this recipe, because they make the dish so vibrant, and the heat balances with the creamy broth.
Unfortunately, my grocery store doesn’t always stock Fresno peppers. When that happens, I just use red peppers and add a pinch of chile flakes. You can substitute jalapeños, too…you’ll just be missing the bright red contrast.
For this recipe, the cod cooks quickly in a poaching liquid of coconut milk and chicken broth. Be sure to use coconut milk, not cream of coconut. Cream of coconut is better saved for your pina coladas, because it’s full of sugar.
After the fish is cooked, add a large handful of raw spinach to the broth. The pop of green makes for a beautiful presentation.
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Coconut Milk Poached Cod with Spinach
- 3 fresno peppers
- 1 lime
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 can coconut milk, (about 1 3/4 cups)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 cod filets
- 2 pinches salt
- 2 pinches white pepper
- 4 cups spinach
- Dice the peppers, zest the lime and cut the lime in half.
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the peppers and lime zest, until tender, about 2 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, juice from half a lime and ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil.
- Sprinkle salt and white pepper on each side of the cod filets. Gently place the filets into the broth. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip and cook for another 3-5 minutes, until the fish flakes.
- Remove the filets from the broth and place each in a wide soup bowl.
- Add the spinach to the skillet. Continue cooking until the spinach is tender.
- Squeeze the juice from the other half of the lime into the skillet and stir to combine.
- Evenly spoon the broth into each bowl.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.