Cod With Brown Butter Lemon Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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2 lemons

12 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 slice brioche bread, crusts removed and diced into 1/4-inch pieces (about 1/2 cup) 

2 cod fillets, about 1/2-inch thick 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons canola oil 

2 tablespoons capers 

2 tablespoons white wine 

1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped 


  1. Cut the peels from the lemons, revealing the flesh. Cut the segments free from the membranes, then dice and place in a bowl. Squeeze any remaining juice from the membranes into the bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add 4 tablespoons butter and begin to cook, stirring, until the butter begins to brown. Add the brioche, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, continually tossing and swirling the brioche until evenly toasted, about 4 minutes. Remove the croutons to a plate and let cool. Wipe out the pan.
  3. Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper. Heat the same pan over medium-high heat. Add 4 tablespoons butter and the oil and begin to cook over the heat, stirring. Add the fish and cook, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fish and continue to cook, basting occasionally with the butter from the pan, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the fish to a plate. Wipe out the pan.
  4. Turn the pan to medium heat and add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Let melt, then add the capers and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Continue to cook until the butter browns, then add the wine, lemon juice and segments and parsley. Swirl together. Spoon the sauce over the fish and garnish with the croutons.
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