April 20th, 2009

potato wrapped cod with lemon aioli and grilled asparagus and zucchini salad

potato wrapped cod

THIS FOODIE FIGHT IS ON! i’m a proud participant in the first ever foodie fight, a competition between 6 bloggers who all have to use the same 2 ingredients to put their best dish forward. it was created by nick of macheesmo and dan of the food in my beard (2 really awesome blogs). go check them out, then come right back here, because, oh, do i have something to show you.

potato wrapped cod

as soon as i found out the 2 main ingredients for the competition were potatoes and lemon, my mind instantly went to potato wrapped fish. lemon works with both fish and potatoes, and potato wrapped fish = instant fish and chips. add a little spring veggie goodness, and it’s good!

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i figured that the fish would be the most challenging part, but it was even harder than i thought. the key is to get the potatoes really paper thin so they’ll wrap around the fish and also fry up and stay crispy. using plastic wrap to pull the potato packet together was a huge help.

potato wrapped cod

potato wrapped cod

i love that the wrapped potato gives the illusion of giant scales on the fish. after wrapping all the fish pieces, i put them in the fridge to firm up and moved onto the veggies.

potato wrapped cod

potato wrapped cod

what’s better than asparagus and zucchini? how about grilled asparagus and zucchini? even cooking it up for just a minute or two really changes the taste. the veggies got tossed with a bit of lemon juice and lemon zest as well as salt and pepper. the slices were very thin, but even after they were cooked, they still had a healthy bite to them.

potato wrapped cod

potato wrapped cod

ok, back to the fish. unwrapping the fish packet from the plastic was pretty tough, but i could breathe a sigh of relief once it was in the hot pan. like anything you want to crisp up correctly, you have to actually walk away from the pan and give it a few minutes. the potato will naturally release from the pan once it’s got a good crust on it.

potato wrapped cod

amazingly, the fish stays incredibly moist while the potato gets perfectly crisp. since the fish and potato were both seasoned before cooking, the only thing you have to worry about is getting it in and out of the pan carefully.

potato wrapped cod

the last part of the dish that tied it all together was the aioli. i thought it would be a good sauce for the fish, and it really added a garlicky and lemony tang. finally getting to taste the finished meal just felt good. the best thing about this competition was that it pushed me to try new cooking techniques. now i just need to learn how to not have it take me 3 hours to prepare a nice meal. it’s an honor to be in this contest with the 5 other talented bloggers, and i can’t wait to see what they’ve concocted.


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potato wrapped cod

potato wrapped cod with lemon aioli and grilled asparagus and zucchini salad
makes 2-3 servings, depending on your appetite.

for the fish
3/4 lb cod, 3/4-inch thick, skinned and cut into 4-inch long fillets
2 idaho russet potatoes, peeled
oil for frying (vegetable or canola will work)
salt and pepper to taste

for the lemon aioli
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp dijon mustard
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
1 Tsp olive oil
3 cloves crushed garlic
salt and pepper to taste

for the salad
1 bunch asparagus
3 baby zucchini (or 1 large)
1/4 cup olive oil
zest of 1/2 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
2 oz shaved parmesan for garnish

1. prepare the fish: halve each potato lengthwise. using a mandoline slicer, slice each potato half very thinly. on a piece of plastic wrap, lay 5 to 6 paper-thin slices in a row, overlapping long sides slightly. make another row just like the first one, overlapping the short ends of the slices in the first row to form a rectangle. sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. pat the fish dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper. place fish across overlapped short ends of slices. fold the loose potato ends over the fish, forming a packet. press to adhere, or pat with olive oil to help seal. use the plastic wrap to help fold the pieces over and hold them together. you can place the fish packet in the fridge while you make the rest, or while you make the salad and aioli.

3. to cook the fish, heat 3-4 Tbsp oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. once the pan is hot, carefully unwrap the plastic from the potato-fish packet and place seam side down in the hot oil. cook until golden on bottom, about 4 minutes. flip and cook on other side for 2-3 minutes more. remove from pan to rest for a few minutes before serving.

4. make the aioli: mash garlic and 1/4 tsp salt in a small bowl until paste forms. whisk in mayonnaise, mustard, olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste. cover and chill.

5. make the salad: using a vegetable peeler, shave the zucchini into long thin strips. thinly slice the asparagus on a diagonal. toss the slices together with olive oi. heat cast iron grill pan on medium-high heat and place vegetables strips on grill. cook for 1 minute, flip, and remove when pieces have light grill marks. toss grilled vegetables with lemon zest, juice and garnish with parmesan.

23 Comments for potato wrapped cod with lemon aioli and grilled asparagus and zucchini salad - why not leave some love?

  1. Y says:

    Looks incredible! Great use of the given ingredients as well. Some mighty fine potato wrapping going on there!

  2. mary says:

    This looks amazing. It reminds me of a top chef episode.

  3. mandi says:

    hey love the potato wrapped fish idea! looks like you got quite the crunch goin on there! yummm for real cant wait to try this myself 🙂 not sure who i’m voting for yet… still got a few more to check out but i liked your idea for sure!

  4. Kimbo says:

    wow. this looks awesome. my vote is for you pete! that salad looks amazing as well.

  5. Rex says:

    I almost made hashbrown crusted fish and chips with lemon aiole but my deep fryer was out of Commission. Bravo on the potato fish combo.

  6. Sara says:

    Awesome! Your fish looks perfect. I tried to potato wrap fish and month or so ago with disastrous results. The plastic wrap and letting them rest are great ideas. I think this is my favorite of the lot, all those gnocchi dishes look fabulous but I think it was maybe a bit too obvious. Great job!

  7. sara says:

    Yum, that fish looks divine! Your potato slices look perfect. 🙂 Great to be in the foodie fight with you too–it was lots of fun coming up with a dish!

  8. abby says:

    This looks really good! Nice job.

  9. Phil Lee says:

    This looks AWESOME! I like the whole ‘fish and chips’ idea, it’s like you’ve combined kettle chips and fish into one harmonious mind blowing dish. I’m specifically jealous of your aioli, mind ended up looking like lemon soup. Pleasure doing battle!

  10. Sarah says:

    That is a beautiful dish! How creative!

  11. Elyse says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! I’m so impressed. Reminds me of that Top Chef episode where the challenge was to potato-wrap the fish at that super nice restaurant. Man, I really want to try to make this now! Great job.

  12. Wow, that turned out beautifully! I’ve never heard of potato-wrapped fish, but that’s a very cool dish!

  13. missmallory says:

    This is simply incredible!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    This looks both divine and restaurant worthy. You have some spectacular presentation skills.

  15. MessyMom says:

    we used tilapia instead of cod, and left the mayo out of the “sauce”. It was great. Thanks!!

  16. Zo says:

    That is the most brilliant thing I’ve seen this week! I’m willing to bet if I made it though it would just fall apart 😛

    Thanks for the aioli recipe too!

  17. […] (plus 2 guest judges) voted for their favorite lemon and potato inspired dish. The winner was this potato wrapped cod. We tried making it too. We were concerned about slicing a hard, raw potato with our cheap cheese […]

  18. They had to recreate a version of this on Top Chef. Yours looks better than theirs. I’m just saying.

  19. Suzanne says:

    I LOVE this recipe! Absolutely amazing. I get so tired of making fish the same old way. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  21. kaleb says:

    Wow, this is really an amazing dish. Me and my fiance actually tried to recreate it last night and it was no easy task. The hardest part was making the potato slices thin enough to stay wrapped around the fish. After two bad pieces we created a delicious third and fourth piece. It was a great meal, took around three hours to make but it was very delicious. Only thing i might change is the sauce my fiance loved it but i wasn’t as found of. Other than that I loved It thank you for your write up!

  22. Rachel says:

    I just discovered your site via stumble. This recipe looks very tasty and I can’t wait to try it! Love your photos!

  23. monica says:

    great web site, love yr photos and recipes! I’d like to try sthing, it would be fantastic if there was a converter to metrics…

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