Monday, March 19, 2012

Creole Cod in Parchment

I recently found some parchment bags at the store, so I decided to cook something with one.  My favorite affordable fish is Pacific Cod, and I was craving it with some creole or cajun seasoning.  Since I love colorful food, I picked up one of those pre-packaged pre-sliced trio of bell peppers in red, gold, and green.

Arkansas is a landlocked state, so my best bet for good but easy to find cod was at Target.  If my budget allowed for Pacific Halibut, I would probably choose it from the counters that have it flown in fresh.  But Target has Archer Farms Alaskan Cod in the freezer section which is an MSC certified sustainable seafood.  Yes, what you choose to eat affects the world you live in.  I always choose wild - caught Alaskan or Pacific fish.  Not all farmed fisheries are held to the standards of the chefs that I've been following, and the Atlantic is currently overfished.  Wow, when did I turn into such a granola?    
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees, then dice the bells.  Trim off the ends of the okra, then throw them into the bag.  Spray them with some canola spray.  If you have the roasted garlic grape seed oil, use it.  Even better!
Place your cod filets on top of the okra, spray with oil, then top with some creole seasoning.  I use Tony Chachere's Lite. 
Next, throw in your diced bells.  Spray a little more oil on them.  Then close up the bag.  Cook for 15 minutes or until the filets are done.  All ovens are different.  They should look like the "after" pictures on this post.
Close up the end of your parchment bag and cook.  Then comes the fun part.  After the fish is done, tear that parchment apart as if you're opening up a present.  We don't get enough presents do we?
And now, we have the "after" pictures.  How easy is this to clean up?  Also, some people are weird about aluminum....they may have rubbed off on me a little.  I don't want to get Alzheimers!
Alternatively, this could be made with a banana leaf.  I got this one from the frozen section at Saigon Market on Geyer Springs.  You just turn on your stove and hold it over the heat to make it shiny and pliable.  It makes a pretty presentation, I think!

  • Cod filets (16 oz. total)
  • Red, green, and gold bell peppers
  • Okra
  • Spray oil
  • Parchment paper or bag
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Dice the bell pepper slices.  Trim off the ends of the okra.
  3. Place okra inside parchment bag.  Spray or drizzle lightly with oil.
  4. Top okra with cod filets.  Spray lightly with oil.
  5. Season with creole seasoning and spray with oil.
  6. Top with bell peppers.  Seal any opening, then cook for 15 minutes.
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  1. Keep your eye out; Kroger has been having some decent cod from time to time lately. And you can always hope Fresh Market will put it on sale! But it looks like you did great with this dish - cod in parchment is one of my favorites and this is an awesome twist on it.

  2. Thanks! And you're right, I do remember that The Fresh Market had cod on sale last Friday! After spending all weekend washing pots and pans, I was so happy with the easy cleanup with the parchment bag! More parchment recipes needed!