Crispy Cod Nuggets, yes please! Crispy cod pieces with a creamy yet spiced dip, what could be better. A great appetizer, party food or main course. You choose!
Last week I ventured outside my comfort zone and went for lunch with a few ladies I hardly knew. I know right? If you know me, you'll know that I'm a creature of habit, like my routine and stick to who and what I know. Living the fast life...ha!
I think I've reached a stage in my life, where meeting new people can be daunting, overwhelming and even a bit scary. If you're one of the new people I recently met, please keep reading, It's going to get better...promise.
But somehow, I always manage to overthink situations and wonder too many "what if" situations. I have to tell myself it's not a date. It's not a date.
So off I went to my ladies lunch of four, into the city in the midday heat. My first thought was I was going to melt in the heat. I'm not quite in the hot flash zone just yet, but I can see it creeping up on the near horizon. Anyway, I had no idea where the venue was. Thankfully for technology, it was found in a jiffy. I saw a narrow street in the mid afternoon sun, slightly shaded but mostly sunny and on the hotter side of hot.
Tables were aligned in a neat little row, covered by big white parasols and there were a few people enjoying a leisurely lunch and a drink or two. Despite the parasols, I know all too well the strength of this heat and no parasol is going to keep you cool on a hot August day around here.
And just like that, all my dreams came true. One of the ladies was already waiting inside. In the dark, cool and air conditioned restaurant. Yes! I've met my people. These people appreciate, like me, the value of a cool room on a hot day. So, I knew from that moment, it would be a great lunch.
Love at first air conditioned room!
The service was great, the food delicious and the company even better. It was a great way to spend a few hours on a hot August afternoon.
I surprised myself and ventured outside my comfort zone and had a lovely afternoon and met some pretty nice humans. Could this be the new me? Taking risks and leaving the house? Let's not go too far...ha!
All of this brings me to these little cod nuggets we got going on here today.
Although I don't eat out often, it's nice to have a change and eat some food that you didn't actually have to make. And to boot, it gave me a few ideas for some dishes I'd like to make soon. One of the dishes we shared that afternoon, was some crispy fried cod pieces. Oh, were they ever good. So fresh. Ummmm, well maybe not market fresh but freezer friendly fresh. Still delicious. Ever since coming home that day, I've had those melt in your mouth battered cod pieces on my mind.
So, I just had to try to do something similar. And that's how the cod nuggets because a thing here on the blog. They were delicious. I could have eaten all of them, but did manage to stop myself. They kind of became my breakfast/lunch/dinner that day. That often happens when I'm trying out new recipes before midday.
Were they as good as the ones we had at that restaurant? I wish I could say yes, but not quite. They were a close relative and I'd be happy if anybody served these up for me.
So, let's take a closer look.
Notes about the cod nuggets:
First of all, if you can get your hands on fresh cod, do it! That's not going to happen for me in southern Spain so frozen has to make do. I've been buying frozen cod here for years and it's always good. So, frozen is fine.
I cut mine into a size a little bigger than a bite size. Kind of like an inch or so. It doesn't have to be exact, just cut them into the size you prefer.
Let's take a minute to talk about the batter. I made a beer batter as I like this for fish. I find it holds well, it light and golden and has a great flavour.
I shallow fried these as I don't have a deep fryer. You are looking for the oil to go up the pan about two inches. Test the oil before cooking the fish. If it sizzles right away, you're ready to get started. If not, wait for it to get a bit hotter. I usually start with my stove on the highest setting then reduce it a little while they are cooking.
You'll see in the recipe below that the fish needs to be dry before you batter it. Otherwise the batter just won't stick. So, it's real important that you pat it dry and then give it a flour dusting before battering it. Don't skip this step.
I also recommend using cold beer, as cold batter leads to a crispier end result.
And that my friends just about sums up these crispy cod nuggets.
Happy cooking and do something wild! Keeping in mind, my wild was leaving the house...haha!
Crispy Cod Nuggets with Cajun Alioli
Serves 4 / Prep time: 20 minutes / Cook time: 8 minutes
For the fish:
1lb/500 grams cod fillets, skin removed and cut into bite sized pieces
1 1/2 Cups/190 grams flour
1 Teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
1/4 Teaspoon paprika
1 Teaspoon salt
1 1/4 Cups/300 ml beer
2 Cups/480 ml vegetable oil for frying
For the easy alioli:
1/3 Cup/75 grams mayonnaise
1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Teaspoon lemon juice
1 Clove garlic, crushed
1 Teaspoon Cajun seasoning
For the alioli:
Mix together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, garlic and Cajun seasoning. Stir well and set aside.
For the fish:
Dry the fish with paper towels and set it aside.
In a large heavy bottomed skillet, heat the oil over a high heat.
In two shallow bowls, divide the flour. Put 1/2 cup of flour in one bowl and the remaining 1 cup of flour in another bowl. To the one cup of flour add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt. Give a good stir. Gradually add the beer to the bowl with one cup of flour. Whisk as you pour until you have a batter that's a little thinner than pancake batter.
First, pat dry the fish, coat the fish in the flour then completely coat in the batter.
Drop into the oil and cook for about 2 minutes and then turn them over to finish cooking for another 2 minutes or until golden and crispy. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
Serve with Cajun Alioli.
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