The Captain’s Kitchen: Peanut Crusted Baked Cod

by Mark McNulty.

I confess up front I do not purchase cod too often. Unless I caught the cod myself, I typically opt to use a different whitefish in my recipes since they are often less expensive and equal in quality, in my view. But this is Massachusetts and to write a Captain’s Kitchen column without talking about cod would be absolutely criminal. It is our state’s official fish, after all! When Bartholomew Gosnold explored our shores in 1602 he coined the name Cape Cod, recognizing the vast abundance of the fish in these waters. The Sacred Cod, a five foot long pine model, hangs over the Massachusetts House of Representatives to this day. The lyrics of All Hail to Massachusetts, our state song, proclaim this the “home of the bean and the cod”. The history is undeniable: The noble cod has played a vital role in the growth of this region, it has been a symbol of prosperity since Colonial times, and it is very good eating in any season.

The Atlantic Cod (From Pew Environmental Initiatives)

The Atlantic Cod (From Pew Environmental Initiatives)

For this particular dish, I got a little experimental. I tried a new recipe that had been passed to me a while back. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but still discovered a few adjustments that would make the recipe better. For example, the original came out a little heavy with the peanuts. I made note of these changes in my own rendition and I am happy to share it with you today.

Peanut Crusted Baked Cod

Serves 4  —  Prep time 20 min  — Cook time 25 min

Ingredients:

  • 4 Cod filets (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 cups unsalted peanuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 3 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • Cooking spray
Fresh cod filets, cleaned and ready for cooking.

Fresh cod filets, cleaned and ready for cooking.

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse cod filets and pat dry.
  • Place peanuts in a freezer bag. Use a rolling pin or mallet to crush them into finely chopped pieces. Put them on a plate.
  • Beat the eggs in their own separate dish. Place corn starch on a 3rd separate dish and mix in the Old Bay. This way you make a breading line in this order: Corn starch, egg, peanuts.
  • Dip each filet in the corn starch, then in the egg wash, then in the peanuts. You can cover the filet with as much peanut as you wish but be cautious about too many peanuts. You can coat one side or both sides, to your liking.
  • Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and place the filets flat on the sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily.
  • Serve and enjoy!
The finished product, served with steamed carrots.

The finished product, served with steamed carrots.

Captain’s Notes:

  • As always, I encourage you to use my recipe as a base and make it your own. Since this was also a new one for me, I am already eager to try new twists. Maybe put the Old Bay on the peanuts instead of in the corn starch, for example. Have fun with it!
  • If you cannot get cod or the price is too high, you could also use Pollock, haddock, hake, striped bass, monkfish, or wolffish in this recipe without a problem. Any decent whitefish in filets should do. Cooking time may change a bit depending on thickness.
  • I encourage you to buy your fish fresh from one of our many local fish markets. This cod came from The Nautical Mile Market in Hanover.

How did this recipe work for you? Any suggestions, questions or comment? I welcome your feedback!

Mark McNulty is a local teacher and children’s writer who is currently a stay-at-home Dad. A lifelong resident of the South Shore and avid fisherman, Mark has developed a passion for local seafood. He has often said “If it swims, I’ll eat it.” This includes active support for local fish markets and fishermen. Mark is also an avid Boston sports fan. His other interests include hiking, travel, cycling, and archery. His blog, The New American Dad, is a helpful resource for all mothers and fathers and was recently recognized as Top Blog by Mommy Poppins Boston. His family currently lives in Pembroke.

Follow him on Twitter: @BloggyDad Blog: mark-mcnulty.blogspot.com

About Mark McNulty

I am a stay-at-home Dad, children's writer, and elementary school teacher by trade. I maintain my own blog, The New American Dad, as a resource for fathers and families everywhere. I also blog about local seafood for Edible South Shore, tapping into my passion for fishing and all the ocean provides. I love feedback so please don't hesitate to drop me a line!
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3 Responses to The Captain’s Kitchen: Peanut Crusted Baked Cod

  1. Nora Nelson says:

    I did try your recipe with the cod and it was delicious! Even the grand kids liked it, and that was big because they always turn down my fish meals (secret ingredient is the peanut). Do you have a favorite chowder recipe you can share?

    • I do have a chowder recipe but have not made it in a while. Our baby is lactose intolerant and my wife is nursing, so all my dairy recipes have been shelved for the last 7 months. It can be time consuming, too. We are starting to bring the dairy back, though, so that chowder may show up soon! Glad the recipe was a hit!

  2. hippyma says:

    Mmm…sound good, I’m going to try this; thanks!

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