4 tbsp Fresno chili peppers, stem removed, finely diced
2 tbsp red onion, fine dice
½ cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp agave, light
1 tsp salt
4 Alaska cod fillet portions, 4 to 6 oz. each
salt & pepper
1 tbsp rice bran oil or 75/25 oil blend (75% canola/25% olive oil)
2 tbsp butter
1 garlic clove
3 thyme sprigs
1 small jicama, peeled
1 ruby red grapefruit
1 navel orange
1 cara cara or blood orange
2 avocado, sliced
¼ cup cilantro, washed, coarse chopped
¼ cup toasted pepitas, unsalted, lightly chopped
Recipe by Chef Jeremy Bringardner
Fresno chile vinaigrette
Add the diced fresno and onion to a small mixing bowl with the lemon juice, olive oil, agave, and 1 tsp salt. Whisk to combine.
Pan seared fish
Lay the cod fillets out on a cutting board, cut into 4 equal portions and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper.
In a preheated pan on high heat, add oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil starts to smoke, carefully add the fish portions to the pan. Cook 3-4 minutes or until golden brown on first side, then flip and continue cooking about 2-4 minutes more, depending on the thickness of the fillets. When the fish is just about cooked through, smash a garlic clove and add it to the pan with the butter and the thyme sprigs. As the butter melts, tip the pan so the garlic and thyme infuses the butter, and baste the fish for 15-20 seconds.
Transfer the fish to a warm plate to rest.
For the citrus fruit, cut off and discard the rind. Supreme segrements. Discard the core.
Scoop the avocado out of its peel, discard the pit. Lay the avocado out on a cutting board, season with a squeeze of lemon juice, and a few pinches of salt. Cut into large chunks.
For the jicama, peel, then shave very thin on a mandolin. Stack up the jicama slices and cut to roughly 1" by 1/2" tiles. Toss 2 cups cut jicama with ¼ cup of the vinaigrette and scatter across the center of 4 chilled plates.
Scatter a few chunks of each type of citrus over the jicama. Repeat with the avocado chunks, creating a colorful mosaic with the citrus.
Transfer one piece of cooked cod to each plate, stacking it atop the center of the mosaic. Drizzle the resting juices over the top of the fish. Vigorously whisk or stir the vinaigrette, then drizzle 2 tablespoons over each plate, dressing the avocado and citrus, as well as the fish. Sprinkle the chopped pepitas and chopped cilantro over the entire plate to garnish.
WHY DID I CHOOSE ALASKA COD FOR THIS RECIPE?
Cod is moist, firm, flaky, and slightly sweet. I like it in this starter, as it takes on all the subtle flavors of the citrus, jicama, avocado, cilantro, and pepitas, without overwhelming them.