Coconut Battered Cod with C.A.T. Salad

Coconut Battered Fish with C.A.T. Salad (corn, avocado, and tomato)

Coconut Battered Fish with C.A.T. Salad (corn, avocado, and tomato)

Coconut Battered Cod with C.A.T. Salad

Coconut Battered Fish with C.A.T. Salad is an easy and scrumptious way to enjoy the flavors of summer.

Of course, you can make the fish with a salad of your choosing, but these two complement each other well and I love easy combos. Just add some fresh fruit for dessert!

You will need firm, white fish fillets, like cod or rockfish, with a mild flavor. If you can’t find either at a fish counter, or your store doesn’t offer a fish counter, check the frozen food aisle.

My local grocery store carries a 5 pound box of Icelandic cod fillets for around $30. They’re flash frozen and individually wrapped and the flavor is superb: mild and sweet without fishy overtones.

Make the salad first to give time for the flavors to marry while you prepare the fish.

A Bundt cake makes it easy and much less messy to cut the kernels from the cobs. Photo Credit: Samuel Pryse
C.A.T salad
C.A.T Salad (corn, avocado, and tomato) is chockfull of bright colors and flavors. Leave out the cilantro if you’re not fond of it.

The fish is dipped in 3 bowls containing: coconut flour, beaten eggs, and coconut flakes. Your fingers will get sticky, but it works best to dip the fish in one ingredient at a time instead of combining them. (I tried.) And it’s so worth it.

My Coconut Battered Fish recipe employs a technique called shallow frying. A heavy-bottom skillet is heated with a small amount of oil, 1/4 cup coconut oil in this case. It’s just enough fat to make a nice pool in the skillet.

A cast iron skillet is perfect, but if you are cooking for the crew, an electric skillet works well.

Coconut Battered Fish
Just look at that toasty coconut crust!

The fish fries to a luxurious, golden brown, crisping the coconut and revealing a nutty sweetness reminiscent of another favorite of mine, coconut battered shrimp, from the best seafood restaurant at the Oregon coast.

Take care not to overcook the fish. 135F (57C) is just right.

Coconut Battered Fish
Almost done! My thermometer reads 132F; I’ll let it cook to 135F (57C)

A digital food thermometer that registers temperatures quickly is helpful. My favorite moderately priced food thermometer is Thermopop https://www.thermoworks.com/ThermoPop . It comes in 9 colors and boasts a large, easy read display. Be sure to buy directly from https://www.thermoworks.com/ . There are many imposters available elsewhere, they are cheap and worthless.

If you are willing to make an investment, consider the Thermapen https://www.thermoworks.com/thermapen-one?quantity=1&color=16, available in 10 colors it reads temperature in one second. (I don’t have one, it’s been on my wish list for years, but the Thermopop does the job well enough for me.)

When my friend Jenna made Coconut Battered Fish, she said her kids, “gobbled it up!” I hope you love it as much as Finn and Leif do!

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Coconut Battered Fish with C.A.T. Salad (corn, avocado, and tomato)

Coconut Battered Cod with C.A.T. Salad
  • Author: Michele Pryse, FNTP
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 12
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 23 1x
  • Category: seafood
  • Method: shallow fry
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale

For the salad:

2 ears of corn

1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, washed

1 medium, ripe avocado

1 lime

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

8 stems cilantro, optional 

½ teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

For the fish:

½ pound firm white fish, such as cod or rock fish

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup coconut flour

1 egg, beaten

½ cup coconut flakes or chips (unsweetened; I like a mix of small flakes + larger chips)

¼ cup coconut oil

 

Instructions

1. Make the salad first, so it has time for the flavors to marry. Shuck the corn and cut the kernels off the corn cobs. An easy and less messy way to do this is to place the corn cob stalk end down in the center of a Bundt cake pan. Use a sharp, serrated knife to slice from top to bottom of the cob, allowing the kernels to fall into the pan. Place the corn in a small (4 cup/ 1 liter) salad bowl.

 

2. Cut cherry tomatoes in half and add to the bowl. Dice the avocado and add. Soften the lime by using the palm of your hand to press down firmly while rolling the fruit on the counter. Slice the lime in half along its equator and squeeze the juice into the salad. Drizzle the olive oil and season with salt and pepper, adding chopped cilantro if desired. Stir gently and thoroughly to coat everything with flavor. Set aside at room temp or in the fridge while you make the fish.

  

3.  Place a heavy-bottom skillet (cast iron is great) on medium heat and give it time to preheat while you assemble the ingredients for the fish. 

 

4.  If the fish is moist, pat it dry with a clean dish towel, sprinkle with salt, and have ready on a plate near the stove.

 

5.  Place coconut flour, beaten eggs, and coconut flakes in separate shallow bowls for dipping and dredging near the stove.

 

6.  Once the pan is hot, add the coconut oil to melt and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan.

 

7.  Pick up a piece of fish with your fingers and dredge it in the coconut flour first, being sure to coat it well. Next, dip it in the beaten eggs, again coating it entirely. Roll it gently in coconut flakes until all surfaces are covered. Place the fish in the skillet and repeat with remaining pieces of fish, allowing space between each piece. Reduce heat to medium-low.

Cook until fish is deeply golden brown on bottom, flip over, and finish cooking until fish is opaque and tests 135°F (58°C) on a food thermometer. Do not overcook.

 

8.  Remove the coconut fish to a wire rack immediately when it is done. Serve 1-2 pieces of fish, depending on size, per person and a generous serving of salad and enjoy immediately.

Notes

Leftovers: Coconut Fish is best the first day. Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container. Eat cold or gently reheated in a warm skillet the next day. C.A.T. Salad last several days refrigerated.

 

Note: an electric skillet is handy for making multiple batches of Coconut Fish for a crowd. Set the temp for 325°F (165°C) initially and adjust as needed to allow the fish to cook through the center without over-browning.

Keywords: coconut, battered fish, fried fish, fish, salad, corn, avocado, tomato

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