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Cooking Cod Filets

I will be egging cod filets Mon/Tue of next week and need advice on best way to cook them. I do not have a cast iron pan and it may be too heavy for me to handle. Please let me know your thoughts, I understand they fall apart easily and cannot be grilled directly on the grill. As well as ways to cook, I would appreciate recipes as well! 
O'Fallon, MO - LBGE 2015

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  • ColtsFan
    ColtsFan Posts: 6,277
    I do mine in aluminum foil boats with butter
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  • KimberlyO
    KimberlyO Posts: 48
    Thanks, @ColtsFan, what temp do you cook at? how long? direct/indirect? thanksk!
    O'Fallon, MO - LBGE 2015
  • ColtsFan
    ColtsFan Posts: 6,277
    375ish. Until it flakes. The center cut loins take a little longer. I’m guessing 12-15 minutes 
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  • KimberlyO
    KimberlyO Posts: 48
    do you cook it closed lid direcct? forgive the rookie questions...
    O'Fallon, MO - LBGE 2015
  • fishlessman
    fishlessman Posts: 32,572
    ive done them en papillote, either parchment or foil. a stapler makes the parchment easier, veggies, butter, a little wine and some herbs and lemon slices. lots of recipes out there
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    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • Acn
    Acn Posts: 4,424
    Agree with en papillote; little butter, lemon slices, some chopped capers, maybe some thyme.  I do indirect, dome closed 350-375.  Usually 10-12 minutes per inch of thickness.

    LBGE

    Pikesville, MD

  • Legume
    Legume Posts: 14,567
    I've grilled Alaskan cod filets for fish tacos hot and fast and that works great, but presentation of an intact piece of fish isn't important for tacos. I think the Alaskan cod may be firmer too.
  • loco_engr
    loco_engr Posts: 5,752
    WOW . . . en papillote . . . totally new concept
    Thanks for posting!
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  • buzd504
    buzd504 Posts: 3,820
    Acn said:
    Agree with en papillote; little butter, lemon slices, some chopped capers, maybe some thyme.  I do indirect, dome closed 350-375.  Usually 10-12 minutes per inch of thickness.

    Why would you bother chopping your capers?  (honest question)
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  • Jstroke
    Jstroke Posts: 2,600
    buzd504 said:
    Acn said:
    Agree with en papillote; little butter, lemon slices, some chopped capers, maybe some thyme.  I do indirect, dome closed 350-375.  Usually 10-12 minutes per inch of thickness.

    Why would you bother chopping your capers?  (honest question)
    I would, I smash them like garlic with the flat of my knife.
    Columbus, Ohio--A Gasser filled with Matchlight and an Ugly Drum.
  • Jstroke
    Jstroke Posts: 2,600
    @KimberlyO, I think it depends on how many people, and the occasion. Casual dinner with fun friends, the boats are great. Kind of like opening Christmas packages. For more formal or less “fun” friends, I would cook indirect. You could use a baking dish or even a disposable foil pan. Serve as usual with starch and veg
    Columbus, Ohio--A Gasser filled with Matchlight and an Ugly Drum.
  • KimberlyO
    KimberlyO Posts: 48
    Thanks all for your your great input. Your thoughts on this are really appreciated. I think I will make the cod en papillote tomorrow night. It is intimidating, but, will give it a try. I'll let you know how it turns out. 
    O'Fallon, MO - LBGE 2015
  • Acn
    Acn Posts: 4,424
    buzd504 said:
    Acn said:
    Agree with en papillote; little butter, lemon slices, some chopped capers, maybe some thyme.  I do indirect, dome closed 350-375.  Usually 10-12 minutes per inch of thickness.

    Why would you bother chopping your capers?  (honest question)
    I just like smaller bites of capers.  I think with full berries if you get one, your bite will only taste like caper, and if you don’t get one, you won’t get much, if any, hit of caper.  I think smaller pieces makes for more even distribution.

    LBGE

    Pikesville, MD

  • fishlessman
    fishlessman Posts: 32,572
    Acn said:
    buzd504 said:
    Acn said:
    Agree with en papillote; little butter, lemon slices, some chopped capers, maybe some thyme.  I do indirect, dome closed 350-375.  Usually 10-12 minutes per inch of thickness.

    Why would you bother chopping your capers?  (honest question)
    I just like smaller bites of capers.  I think with full berries if you get one, your bite will only taste like caper, and if you don’t get one, you won’t get much, if any, hit of caper.  I think smaller pieces makes for more even distribution.

    you can rinse them in a strainer to reduce the heavy salt flavor. i just eat them out of the jar
    fukahwee maine

    you can lead a fish to water but you can not make him drink it
  • HeavyG
    HeavyG Posts: 10,291
    buzd504 said:
    Acn said:
    Agree with en papillote; little butter, lemon slices, some chopped capers, maybe some thyme.  I do indirect, dome closed 350-375.  Usually 10-12 minutes per inch of thickness.

    Why would you bother chopping your capers?  (honest question)
    Depending on which type of caper you buy some of them are fairly large and are better when chopped up a bit. The ones I use that are in jars with vinegar are the small non-pareils and I rarely chop them up.
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  • KimberlyO
    KimberlyO Posts: 48
    I suppose embarrassing stories need to be told as readily as the successes, so here goes. After finding a simple recipe for my first shot at en papillote, I made two paper packets, each with two layers of zucchini slices, a cod filet, shallot butter, and lemon slices. Even took a picture for the egg forum! So far so good. Got the egg ready at 400*  and did something I still do not understand. I put the packets onto the grate. I will never be able to answer the question "what was i thinking putting two PAPER packets onto a grate over a LIVE fire?". I never put the plate setter on. How is that even possible? How did I not at least notice when laying down the packets? A mystery for sure. 

    The result. 8 minutes later. The paper was half burned away. As my wife pointed out, the two layers of zucchini saved the fish. The fish was fine. Nothing to write home about, but, certainly edible. I was worried about the zucchini overcooking, so had cooked asparagus separately and had plenty of vegetables. I think it goes without saying, the zucchini was overcooked. 

    Having witnessed what came out of the egg, I am shocked there was anything that could be salvaged for dinner, but, there you have it. We had the fish, and even some of the zucchini was good. Fortunately, it was just the two of us, and I am reminded again what a wonderful mate I have who is able to see the good side of my mistakes!

    Thank you, those of you who participated above, I really enjoy the process of deciding how to make a new meal, especially a method I have never tried before. I will be trying this again next week! Hopefully with pictures next time! :-)

    happy egging!
    O'Fallon, MO - LBGE 2015
  • Jstroke
    Jstroke Posts: 2,600
    @KimberlyO, the simple fact is that you asked for and received guidance, attempted said experience, learned and shared the end results and the truthful experience. And as a result we all learned something. Because you can bet your boots, that someone somewhere will think twice before laying down their next (anything) without checking to make sure the GD platesetter is in place. 

    Glad it didn’t ruin the cook and everyone had a laugh after the O Sh.. moment. Trust me, we have ALL been there.
    Columbus, Ohio--A Gasser filled with Matchlight and an Ugly Drum.
  • A bit of a simple approach that can yield satisfying results is to dredge your fish in flour and an egg wash before coating in crumbled up chips. I go for salt and vinegar. Then bake to the perfect internal temp.l and serve with sides. 
  • KimberlyO
    KimberlyO Posts: 48
    Yum, I will try that. We have recently decided on having fish once per week. Cutting back on our heavy red meat consumption. Fortunately, we do like fish also! 
    O'Fallon, MO - LBGE 2015
  • I hear you. Beef is just so flavourful and satisfying but other, leaner proteins are also ripe for throwing into the rotation. Pork chops are another good, healthy, economical alternative.