Grape Jelly Isn't Just for Toast Anymore

By: Nikhita Mahtani
Show: Chopped

For this week's Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient black cod. Instead of marinating this flaky fish in something a bit more traditional, like miso and honey, the chefs decided to go a more unconventional route by combining grape jelly, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar for a sweet, savory and fruity flavor that soaks into the fish's buttery flesh in this Grape Jelly-Glazed Black Cod recipe. The best part about the mixture is its versatility: It does triple duty as a marinade and, once boiled down, as a glaze to brush on during broiling and to serve as a sauce tableside.

To create the marinade, place the soy sauce, jelly and vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until the jelly melts, about 1 minute. Once the marinade cools, place it over the cod in a resealable plastic bag and leave in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with foil.

Remove the cod from the marinade and place the marinade from the plastic bag into a saucepan. Place the cod on the baking sheet.

Bring the glaze to a boil and then turn off the heat. Remove 2 tablespoons of the glaze from the pot and brush the cod with the glaze. Broil the cod about 5 inches from the heat, brushing with additional glaze halfway through, until just cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.

Stir together the scallions and the orange zest and sprinkle over the fish.  Serve with the rest of the sauce and some white rice.

The Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchen that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients from an episode, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

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