Delicious Fish Dish (and Tartar Sauce)

Baked Cod with Steamed Green Beans.
Baked Cod with Steamed Green Beans.

We recently had dinner at Chez Oskar in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. I ordered fluke baked with rice and veggies in parchment paper. The dish was so delicious, I tried to replicate it at home. Hon, this is a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants recipe, which means there aren’t exact measurements. The good news:  you don’t need exact quantities to make this healthy Delicious Fish Dish.

Happy cooking!

Step 1.  Wash fish and pat dry.
1. Wash fish and pat dry.
2.  Gather ingredients:  rice, sauteed veggies, spices, parchment paper.
2. Gather ingredients: rice, sauteed veggies, spices, parchment paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Line glass baking dish with large pieced of parchment paper. Spread rice and veggies on top.
3. Line glass baking dish with large piece of parchment paper. Spread rice and veggies on top.
4. Lay fish on top of rice and veggies.
4. Lay fish on top of rice and veggies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Add a bit of butter, a few capfuls of lemon juice, maybe some white wine and parsley.
5. Add a bit of butter, a few capfuls of lemon juice, maybe some white wine and parsley.
6. Wrap fish in parchment paper.  Bake
6. Wrap fish in parchment paper. Bake.
7. Carefully open parchment, allowing steam to escape.
7. Carefully open parchment paper, allowing steam to escape.
Serve fish directly from parchment paper.
8. Serve fish directly from parchment paper.

Delicious Fish Dish

Ingredients:

Fish Fillet–I used a little under 2 pounds of cod in the dish above.  I might try this with tilapia and sea bass, but I’m not sure about flounder or sole which are much thinner.

Rice and Veggies–Cooked rice and steamed or sauteed vegetables. (any rice and whatever veggies you think will go with the fish)

Spices–salt, pepper, ground Sage, Herbs de Provence, parsley or spices you like.

Lemon Juice, Butter and White Wine–I didn’t use white wine in the dish above, but next time I will.

Parchment Paper–enough to wrap fish in

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.  (Start at 400 degrees if fish is thick, like cod, tilapia or sea bass, lowering to 350 after about 15 minutes. If fish is thin, bake at 350 degrees F the whole time.)

1.  Pre-cook rice, and steam or saute vegetables.

2.  Wash fish fillet and pat dry.

3.  Line a glass baking pan with parchment paper, making sure the piece you use is big enough to fold over the fish.

4.  Spread rice and veggies on top of parchment paper, sprinkling with desired spices.

5.  Lay fish over rice and veggies.  Sprinkle remaining spices, small scoops of butter (about 1-2 teaspoons a scoop), a few capfuls of lemon juice, and white wine (maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup) on top of fish.

6.  Fold parchment paper up and over fish lengthwise, then fold ends.

7.  Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.  Lower oven to 350 degrees F and bake for about another 20 to 25 minutes.  Check fish for done-ness and bake longer if necessary.

8.  When done baking, open parchment paper carefully to let steam escape.  Fish will be very hot. Serve directly from parchment paper.

Note:  I started cod at 400 degrees because it’s thick. If you use a thinner fish, then I recommend baking it at 350 degrees F the whole time.)

Tartar Sauce

Here’s how I make quick and easy Tartar Sauce:

Combine approximately 4 Tablespoons of mayonnaise with  2-3 Tablespoons relish, Sprinkle paprika.  Mix and serve.  (Yield–about 2)

 

 

 

Undersea Undergound

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Color, Composition and Creativity

I stopped in my tracks when I came across these beautiful undersea mosaics.  Along with the amphibians and insects featured in my previous post “Underground Art,” these glass and ceramic tile artworks are located under the American Museum of Natural History at the 81st Street subway station.

Still wondering who I met at the gala fundraiser at the museum last week?  If you follow me on Twitter, then you know.  If not, you’ll have to wait for the big reveal!

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I love the mosaic’s vivid colors, the detail in each scene, and the artistry.  It’s amazing that static material can evoke movement!

Hon, just imagine you’re scuba diving.

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