I found some frozen cod fillets in the supermarket recently. They were very good, but pathetically only the size of trout. Cod is my favorite fish, but is becoming scarce due to greedy overfishing and warming of northern waters, which affects their food source. Well, perhaps we should enjoy it when we can, and try to remember how it tastes when it is gone. Pollock makes a very good substitute in this recipe, and at least is cheap and more plentiful.
Now, you can coat the fish with beaten egg and roll in bread crumbs, and then fry it the usual way. This is delicious, of course, but equally delicious and somewhat more healthy is the fish baked in a sealed aluminium foil envelope. Tear off ample foil to go around the fish, and place the fish diagonally on it. Salt and pepper the fish, scatter ample parsley and tarragon on it, pour on enough lemon juice to wet it thoroughly, and dot with butter. Fold up the sides and make as tight a package as possible.
Place on a cookie sheet, and put in a 400° oven for 20 minutes. The fish should flake easily when the parcel is opened on your plate. I like it with a boiled new potato or two, and a green vegetable like asparagus or broccoli. You will feel healthy, eating like this!
Composed by J. B. Calvert
Created 19 December 2003