I asked all my FB followers if they had any suggestions for what to do with cod. You know what they gave me? NOTHING. Whaaa?? No one had any ideas? Well, I shouldn’t judge. I was the one who didn’t know what to do with it in the first place. It’s just not my first choice in fish. I don’t know why… I just didn’t grow up knowing much about cod.
Jess and I were walking through the food section at our local target and they had a sale on fish. The cod was cheaper than the salmon and I’d never cooked with it before so I figured I’d give it a shot! I’m glad I did because I made this sandwich and it was goooood.
You really can’t go wrong with BLTs of any kind. They’re so versatile! Add avocado, add a meat or veggie pattie, add an egg, add whatever you want. It’ll probably work just fine. Today’s addition was panko breaded cod pan-fried in bacon grease. Umm… yes please. It was succulent and filling and just the right kind of salty. It’s the working girl’s version of “surf and turf”. And this working girl LOVED IT.
Bacon Fried Cod BLTs
PointsPlus Per Serving: 11
- 2 fillets uncooked thawed Atlantic cod, 8 PP
- 4 slices Trader Joe’s 14 grain bread, 8 PP
- 4 slices center-cut bacon, 2 PP
- 1 slice reduced-fat cheddar cheese split in half, 2 PP
- 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs, 1 PP
- sprinkling each of salt, garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, ground yellow mustard, turmeric and parsley (or a seasoning of your own)
- 1 tbsp light mayo, 1 PP
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- sliced tomato
1. Place your bacon in a cast iron skillet or non-stick pan. Turn up to medium-low and cook to your level of done-ness.
2. While the bacon is cooking, take out your fish, rinse off gently and pat dry. Set to the side while you mix your panko bread crumbs and spices in a flat bottomed bowl or dish. You can also get out the bread and toast it while you’re waiting for the bacon to finish cooking.
3. Once the bacon is done, drain on a paper towel, but keep the grease in the pan. Take your fish and spray each side with some Pam and coat in panko mixture. Put the breaded fish in the pan with the bacon grease and cook about 3-4 minutes per side.
4. While the fish is cooking, slice up your tomato, wash your lettuce and make the spiced mayo. You’ll mix together the mayo, lemon juice and hot sauce. I used tabasco, but you can use any hot sauce you like. If you want it more spicy, add extra hot sauce. Spread the mayo on two of your four pieces of bread. Then, put on the lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese and fish. Best served hot, but saving it for lunch works too!