This simple, Seared Pancetta Wrapped Cod is a flavorful dish that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. Fish fillets are given a protective wrapping – either pancetta, ham, or bacon – that adds a touch of needed fat and also helps create a brilliant contrast of color and texture. The wrapping acts as a second skin, protecting and imparting flavor and texture to the final dish.
Seared Pancetta Wrapped Cod
4 Very thin slices of pancetta
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Olive oil
2 tablespoon Lemon juice
3 tablespoon Capers in vinegar
1 tablespoon Vegetable or sunflower oil
1 tablespoon Freshly chopped parsley, to garnish
4 x 175 g/6 oz Thick cod fillets
Freshly cooked vegetables
Wipe the cod fillets and wrap each one with the pancetta. Secure each fillet with a cocktail stick and reserve.
Drain the capers and soak in cold water for 10 minutes to remove any excess salt, then drain and reserve.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sear the wrapped pieces of cod fillet for about 3 minutes on each side, turning carefully with a fish slice so as not to break up the fish.
Lower the heat then continue to cook for 2-3 minutes or until the fish is cooked thoroughly.
Meanwhile, place the reserved capers, lemon juice and olive oil into a small saucepan. Grind over the black pepper.
Place the saucepan over a low heat and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes.
Once the fish is cooked, garnish with the parsley and serve with the warm caper dressing, freshly cooked vegetables and new potatoes.
The Warm Mediterranean flavors make this easy recipe a delight to eat. This quick dish is a perfect evening meal for family and friends.