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Garlic Butter Pan Fried Cod

This restaurant-worthy cod is ready in less than 10 minutes and is ideal for a quick weeknight meal. The simplicity of the ingredients proves once again that sometimes when it comes to food, less is more. 

The cooking method used in this recipe allows for the butter to permeate throughout the fish and infuses the garlic seamlessly into the tender, flaky cod. This fish is so versatile, and could be served with nearly any side, from a salad to pasta to potatoes to rice. Whatever you decide to include as a side, this garlic butter cod certainly will take center stage. 

Ingredients:

2 cod fillets 

4 Tbsp. of butter 

Juice from one lemon

One large clove of garlic, minced

Paprika, salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley, for garnish

Before you cook, pat the cod dry with a paper towel. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. When the skillet is hot, melt 2 Tbsp. of butter and then quickly place the cod fillets over the butter. Cover the skillet and cook for about 2 minutes. 

Gently turn the cod over, cover each fillet with minced garlic and drop in the remaining butter. Cover again and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until cod is cooked through and flaky. Be sure not to overcook the cod or it will become mushy or rubbery (neither is good). 

Season with salt, pepper and paprika. Remove from heat and plate the cod. Season with lemon juice and parsley. Serve immediately!

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