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Seared Cod Filet with Caramelized Onions


There's nothing better than a simple pan seared fish. Quick and healthy and feels like you're eating at a restaurant. Make it even faster by cooking a large batch of caramelized onions in advance. 

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  • 4Servings


  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  •  ⅛  teaspoon ground cloves 
  • 4 (6-ounce) cod filets 
  • Lemon wedges 


1. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons evoo in a large heavy-bottomed sauté pan over medium heat. Add onions; stir in (white) sugar. Cook, stirring often to prevent burning, for 30 minutes or until onions are browned and caramelized. 

2. While onions are cooking, mix together brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cloves on a flat plate. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons butter and remaining 2 tablespoons evoo in a second large sauté pan. 

3. Press brown sugar mixture onto both sides of each filet. Gently place in the pan and cook over medium heat for about 7 minutes. Turn carefully and continue cooking for another 5 minutes, or until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. Place fish on a platter and top with caramelized onions. 

Serve with lemon wedges and Pan-Roasted Potato Chips

Recipe Courtesy of Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes by Jamie Geller (Feldheim 2010)