Cooking restaurant quality fish is pretty easy to do, if you follow a couple of rules. Always use a good seasoned skillet, and let the fish release naturally on its own before flipping. Those are two pretty simple things to ensure a flavorful fish experience, but wrapping the filets in bacon can add a whole new level of deliciousness.
Bacon makes almost anything taste better, in my opinion and sliced bacon crisps up beautifully when cooked in skillet. Wrapping a cod filet twice around with a bacon strip adheres with ease. There’s no need for pinning bacon to a fresh piece of fish, bacon and fish naturally bond together like glaze on a doughnut, and taste just as divine.
The skillet does all the work – crisps, renders fat and applies the perfect balance of heat. While sliced zucchini and tomatoes create a quick spring sauce that comes together with splash of white wine and a pat of butter in the end. This dish should be served family-style because it’s darn impressive placed directly on the table. You might want to serve some steamed rice, quinoa or noodles alongside, to sop up the lusciousness of it all.
4 slices bacon, thick-cut if you can get it
1 pound cod filet, cut into four
1 shallot, minced
1 large zucchini, sliced
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
salt & pepper
oil for cooking
- Remove bacon and cod from packaging. Wrap each filet of cod with 1 strip of bacon twice around, tuck underneath. Salt and pepper fish, set aside.
- In a large iron skillet, add 1 teaspoon of oil and place over medium-high heat. Place bacon-wrapped filets in pan and cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until bacon is golden brown and crispy. Remove fish from pan, set aside.
- Drain all bacon fat from pan, except 1 teaspoon and place skillet back over medium-high heat. Add shallot and stir, cook 1 minute. Add zucchini and tomatoes and stir. Cook for 3 minutes and add wine and butter, stir. Season with salt and pepper, cook for 2 minutes.
- Place fish on top of vegetables in pan to finish cooking for 2 minutes, allowing sauce to reduce slightly. Serve directly on table, or spoon directly onto plates. Enjoy!