Prized for its health benefits and mild taste, cod is a popular choice with many seafood lovers. Cod is known for its lean, mild flavor. When cooked it produces large flakes with a firm texture.
Cod is an excellent source of lean protein and the B vitamins necessary to keep your heart and brain healthy. A 3-ounce fillet has fewer than 90 calories and only one gram of fat and offers about 17 grams of protein along with vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and niacin.
Cod is easy to cook in many different ways. You can bake, grill, fry, poach, and broil it; try a simple fillet on its own or use it in a seafood chowder or for fish tacos.
Cod fillets don’t take long to cook; they’re done when the meat is white and opaque, and flakes easily with a fork. Pan-frying cod takes about four minutes, while baked cod will be finished in 10-12 minutes.
Cod should be stored tightly wrapped below 38°F. Don’t allow the fillets to sit in water or they will become discolored and mushy. Cook within two days of purchase.