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Crispy Cod Cooked ‘Unilateral’ with Creamed Leeks
serves 4

Crispy Cod Cooked 'Unilateral' with Creamed LeeksINGREDIENTS

  • 4 6-ounce filets of cod
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 baby leeks, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


Season the cod with salt.  In a nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the cod, presentation side down.  Allow it to cook, without turning, until the fish is cooked through.  The heat from the bottom of the pan with create a crisp crust on the bottom of the fish, and will steam through the rest of the fish to cook it through.

When the fish is cooked—the flesh should be opaque white and flakey after about 15 minutes—carefully use a fish spatula to remove it to a plate.  Pour off most of the oil from the pan, and return it to medium-low heat.  Add the leeks, season with salt and pepper, and sweat until soft.  Add 1/3 cup of water to help soften the leeks further.  Once this has evaporated, add the cream and let it come to a bubble.  To plate, scoop the creamed leeks on the bottom of a serving dish, and top with the cod, carefully plated golden side up.

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