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"Modaji Suite" Easy Pan Fried Cod with Curry Crust

What's up my peeps! Today, we bring you a dish that dances between the gentle embrace of a perfectly pan-fried cod and the vibrant flavors of an aromatic curry Crust. Picture this: succulent flakes of cod enveloped in a golden crust, tantalizing your senses with every crispy bite.

As the fragrant spices of the curry blend seamlessly with the delicate fish, the flavors will transport you to the Caribbean, where boldness and comfort intertwine. So, come, ride on this fantastic voyage of culinary adventure that pays homage to tradition while embracing innovation, as we savor the sweet marriage of pan-fried cod and a mesmerizing curry crust.

Shout out to Chef JJ for the inspiration. I followed his technique, but made my own curry spice seasoning mix.

What is Cod Fish?

Cod fish, also known simply as cod, is a type of white fish. It is widely recognized for its mild flavor and flaky texture, making it a popular choice in a lot of different culinary preparations.

It is highly valued for its versatility in cooking, as it can be baked, grilled, poached, or, as we show with this post, pan-fried with a delightful curry crust. Its firm flesh and delicate taste make it a favorite among seafood enthusiasts and a staple in many cuisines worldwide.

Beats and Eats (music to pair with pan fried cod)

Pan fried cod is low key cool thanks to the curry crust. It deserves a chill vibe with some depth such as this Darkhouse Family version of the classic instrumental beat "Modaji Suite."

Ingredients Needed To Make Curry Crusted Pan Fried Cod

To create the delightful pan-fried cod with a tantalizing curry crust, you will need the following ingredients:

  1. Cod Loins: Fresh, skinless fillets that are thick and firm.
  2. Curry Powder: Aromatic curry powder, which adds depth and warmth to the crust. You can make your own or use a store-bought one.
  3. Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper
  4. Corn Meal: Added to the flour will give the crust a crispy more interesting texture.
  5. All-Purpose Flour: Used to coat the cod fillets and help creat the crust.
  6. Vegetable Oil: A neutral-tasting oil suitable for frying the cod fillets. Coconut oil is a good option if you prefer to add even more of that coconutty flavor. Grapeseed oil also works well.

Homemade Curry Spice Blend

Feel free to use store bought curry seasoning/spice blend or make your own. For inspiration I used a mix of the following to make my own version:

  • Ground Turmeric
  • Coconut Powder (ground up dried coconut flakes)
  • Ground Cumin
  • Dried Chives
  • Mustard Powder
  • Ground Fenugreek spice
  • Ground Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Ground Cardamom
  • Ground Cloves
  • Ground Coriander

How To Make Pan Fried Cod (Step by Step)

Certainly! Here's a step-by-step guide on how to cook cod with a delectable curry crust:

Prepare the Cod Fillets:

Pat the Cod Fillets dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.

Season cod on both sides with salt and black pepper to taste.

Create the Coating Station:

In a large shallow bowl, set up a coating station.

Add the all-purpose flour, plus the corn meal, and finally the curry spice blend. Mix well and set aside.

Coat the Cod Fillets:

Dredge each cod fillet in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.

Cook Pan Fried Cod:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom.

Once the oil is hot, carefully place the coated fillets into the hot skillet and pan fry cod quickly

Pan sear cod for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the crust turns golden brown and crispy.

Carefully flip the fillets gently using a spatula to avoid damaging the crust.

Remove the pan-fried cod from the skillet and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

Serve and Garnish:

Transfer the cooked cod with curry crust to a serving platter.

Garnish with fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, or dill to add brightness and aroma.

Serve with lemon wedges on the side for a refreshing citrus touch.

What To Serve With Pan Fried Cod

When serving pan-fried cod, you can complement its flavors with a variety of delicious accompaniments. Here are some options to consider for a full healthy dinner:

  1. Roasted Vegetables: Roast a medley of colorful vegetables like cherry tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, and asparagus. Season them with olive oil, salt, and pepper for a vibrant and nutritious side dish.
  2. Steamed Rice: Prepare fluffy white or brown rice as a base for the cod. Its mild flavor will complement the curry crust while providing a comforting element to the meal.
  3. Mixed Greens Salad: Toss together a refreshing salad using mixed greens, such as lettuce, spinach, or arugula. Add cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette for a refreshing contrast to the crispy cod.
  4. Lemon Herb Butter Sauce: Prepare a simple lemon herb butter sauce by melting butter in a pan and adding freshly squeezed lemon juice, chopped herbs like parsley or dill, salt, and pepper. Drizzle this flavorful sauce over the cod to enhance its taste.
  5. Coleslaw: Prepare a tangy and creamy coleslaw with shredded cabbage, carrots, and a dressing made with mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and a touch of mustard. The coleslaw's crisp texture and refreshing flavors will complement the cod beautifully.
  6. Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Whip up creamy garlic mashed potatoes as a hearty and comforting side. The smooth texture and savory taste of the potatoes will pair well with the crispy cod.

Remember, the goal is to create a balanced meal with complementary flavors, textures, and colors. Feel free to mix and match these suggestions based on your preferences and dietary needs. Enjoy your pan-fried cod with a side that completes the dining experience!

Cooking Considerations and Tips

  • Use fresh, high-quality cod fillets for the best results.
  • Pat the cod fillets dry with paper towels before seasoning them. This helps remove excess moisture, allowing the crust to adhere better.
  • Season the cod fillets with salt and black pepper before coating them. This ensures that the fish itself is flavorful.
  • Create a coating station with a separate bowl for the flour mixture. This makes the coating process organized and efficient.
  • Press the cod fillets gently into the flour mixture to ensure an even coating. This will help create a crispy crust.
  • Preheat the skillet properly before adding the coated cod fillets. The oil should be hot but not smoking to achieve a golden brown crust.
  • Be mindful of the cooking time. Cook the cod fish for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the crust is crispy and golden. Overcooking can result in dry fish. Pay attention to the flakiness to know when cod is done. When fish flakes easily it's done.
  • Use a fish spatula to flip the cod fillets gently, being careful not to disturb the crust. This will help maintain the integrity of the coating.
  • Serve the pan seared cod immediately for the best flavor and texture.
  • Serve with lemon wedges on the side to squeeze over the fish for a tangy and bright flavor.

Frequently Ask Questions

Can I use frozen cod fish for pan frying?

While it's best to use fresh cod fillets, you can use frozen cod as well. Make sure to thaw the fillets completely and pat them dry before seasoning and coating.

Can I substitute the curry powder in the crust with other spices?

Absolutely! If you're not a fan of curry powder, feel free to experiment with other spices that you enjoy. Paprika, cumin, or even a Cajun spice blend can add a flavorful twist to the crust.

How do I know when the cod is cooked through?

The cod is cooked when it turns opaque and easily flakes with a fork. To be sure, you can use an instant-read thermometer to check that the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).

Can I use a different type of fish for pan frying?

Yes, you can adapt this recipe to other firm white fish like haddock, halibut, or sea bass. Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the fillets.

How should I store any leftovers?

If you have leftover pan-fried cod, let it cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat it gently in a preheated oven to maintain its crispy texture.

Make This Pan Fried Cod Recipe

As we bring this soulful journey to a close, the curry crusted pan-fried cod emerges as the star of the show, captivating us with its simple but unique blend of flavors. With each crispy bite, the delicate fish unveils its tender embrace, while the aromatic curry crust dances on your tongue, infusing the senses with a medley of spices and warmth.

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Pan Fried Cod with Curry Crust

An irresistible combination of tender, pan-fried cod coated with a crispy aromatic curry crust for a delightful twist on a classic dish.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Caribbean
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 199kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

  • 4 6 oz Cod Fillets
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Curry Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ cup Corn Meal
  • ½ cup All-purpose Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

For the Homemade Curry Spice Blend

  • 1 tablespoon Ground Turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Coconut Powder ground up dried coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Dried Chives
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Fenugreek spice
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Ground Cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Cloves
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Ground Coriander
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper

Instructions

Make The Curry Spice

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside

Prepare the Cod Fillets:

  • Pat the cod fillets dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.
  • Season cod on both sides with salt and black pepper to taste.

Create the Coating Station:

  • In a large shallow bowl, set up a coating station.
  • Add the all-purpose flour, plus the corn meal, and finally the curry spice blend. Mix well and set aside.

Coat the Cod Fillets:

  • Dredge each cod fillet in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.

Cook Pan Fried Cod:

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom.
  • Once the oil is hot, carefully place the coated fillets into the hot skillet and pan fry cod quickly
  • Pan sear cod for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the crust turns golden brown and crispy.
  • Carefully flip the fillets gently using a spatula to avoid damaging the crust.
  • Remove the pan-fried cod from the skillet and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

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Notes

  • Use fresh, high-quality cod fillets for the best results.
  • Pat the cod fillets dry with paper towels before seasoning them. This helps remove excess moisture, allowing the crust to adhere better.
  • Season the cod fillets with salt and black pepper before coating them. This ensures that the fish itself is flavorful.
  • Create a coating station with a separate bowl for the flour mixture. This makes the coating process organized and efficient.
  • Press the cod fillets gently into the flour mixture to ensure an even coating. This will help create a crispy crust.
  • Preheat the skillet properly before adding the coated cod fillets. The oil should be hot but not smoking to achieve a golden brown crust.
  • Be mindful of the cooking time. Cook the cod fish for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the crust is crispy and golden. Overcooking can result in dry fish. Pay attention to the flakiness to know when cod is done. When fish flakes easily it's done.
  • Use a fish spatula to flip the cod fillets gently, being careful not to disturb the crust. This will help maintain the integrity of the coating.
  • Serve the pan seared cod immediately for the best flavor and texture.
  • Serve with lemon wedges on the side to squeeze over the fish for a tangy and bright flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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