Elegant Cod Fillets in a Zesty White Lemon Caper Reduction

Elegant Cod Fillets in a Zesty White Lemon Caper Reduction

Delight your palate with this sophisticated dish featuring tender cod fillets, perfectly seared to a golden finish. Nestled in a vibrant reduction, the tangy essence of fresh lemons harmonizes with the briny burst of capers, creating a symphony of flavors. Each bite delivers a succulent blend of moist, flaky fish enhanced by the bright and zesty sauce, making it a refined choice for any gourmet occasion. Perfectly balanced and elegantly presented, this cod dish promises a culinary experience that’s both simple and exquisite.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes Kcal: 290 kcal | Servings: 4 servings


4 cod fillets (about 6 ounces each)

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup shallots, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chicken broth

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons capers, rinsed

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish


Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the cod and sear until golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove the cod from the skillet and set aside.

In the same skillet, add shallots and garlic, and sauté until soft and translucent, about 2 minutes.

Reduce the sauce for about 5 minutes or until it starts to thicken slightly.

Stir in the lemon juice and capers.

Return the cod to the skillet and simmer for another 2-3 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

Remove from heat and stir in the butter until melted and the sauce is creamy.

Serve the cod fillets garnished with fresh parsley.


Cooking Tips:

– Ensure the cod fillets are pat dry before seasoning to achieve a perfect sear.

– Adjust the amount of lemon juice and capers according to your taste preference for acidity and saltiness.

– Use a good quality white wine to enhance the flavor of the reduction.

Serving Suggestions:

– Serve with a side of steamed asparagus or green beans for a complete meal.

– Pair with a light white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

 Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories: Approximately 250-300 kcal

Protein: 30-35 grams

Fat: 10-15 grams

– Saturated Fat: 2-4 grams

Carbohydrates: 3-5 grams

– Dietary Fiber: <1 gram

– Sugars: <1 gram

Cholesterol: 60-80 mg

Sodium: 300-400 mg (varies with amount of capers and added salt)

Nutritional Benefits:

High Protein: Cod is an excellent source of lean protein, which is essential for muscle repair and growth.

Low Carbohydrates: This dish is low in carbs, making it suitable for low-carb diets.

Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Cod provides beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for heart health.

Vitamins and Minerals: This dish provides vitamins such as B12 and D, and minerals like selenium and phosphorus, which are important for overall health.


– Adjust the amount of butter used in the sauce to control the fat content if necessary.

– Opt for low-sodium capers to reduce the sodium content.

– Fresh herbs like parsley not only add flavor but also provide additional nutrients without adding calories.


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