This pecan crusted cod recipe is one of my favorite was to prepare fish. Cod filets are lightly coated in chopped pecans and sauteed in butter. It’s is also low-carb, gluten free and keto friendly, which makes it not only delicious, but healthy as well. Best yet? It’s ready in under 20 minutes.
I think most people shy away from cooking at home because they think it takes too much time, or that it’s easier to pop into a fast-food restaurant for a quick meal.
I sort of look at it the opposite way. By the time you’ve figured out where you want to go…Italian, Asian or Mexican, driven there, waited for a table, waited for the food…you’re looking at an hour, yes? (This post was originally published on May 1st, 2012 and has been updated to contain nutritional information. As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn commission on qualifying purchases.)
This is a meal that takes less than 20 minutes to make. The recipe is adapted from a Cooking Light recipe from about 15 years ago. I switched the hazelnuts for pecans, and the halibut for cod, because cod is a lot cheaper than halibut. The ingredients are simple and clean, and it will take you longer to make a side dish! to make and the veggies, not much more.
How to prepare pecan crusted cod
Figure on 4 to 6 ounces per person. This recipe is for 2, but it can easily be doubled.
Pat the cod dry. Season with kosher salt and pepper.
Brush one side of the cod filet with a lightly beaten egg white.
Gently press the finely chopped pecans on one side of the cod. Fry the cod, nut side down for about 2-3 minutes. I prefer a cast iron pan like this one.
Using a large spatula and carefully flip fish over. Continue cooking an additional 3-4 minutes depending on thickness. Serve with lemon wedges.
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I hope you enjoy this selection of cod recipes!
Pecan Crusted Cod Filets
- Pat fish dry. Season both sides fish with salt and pepper
- Brush tops of filets with egg white and press pecans on to the top of the fish filets.
- Melt butter and oil in a non-stick or cast-iron pan over a medium heat.
- Cook fish, nut side down, for about 2-3 minutes, (depending on thickness of fish). Turn and continue cooking until fish is done, about 2-4 minutes, depending on thickness of fish.
- Serve with lemon halves.