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Quick and Easy Dinner with Cod Fish Entrée, Fingerling Potatoes and Peas

Updated on June 15, 2017
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My mother was an excellent cook & taught me childhood lessons in the kitchen as she cooked from scratch. My hubby & I both enjoy cooking.

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What's for Dinner?

When you come home at night after a hard day's work and you want something that is easy yet healthful to prepare then this is the recipe that you might wish to follow.

As most people are aware, fish is an extremely healthful source of protein depending upon which varieties you choose. They are also lower in calories on average than their counterparts from animals that live on the land.

Fresh and saltwater fish become fully cooked in small amounts of time compared to many other sources of protein like poultry, pork and beef thus making them extremely attractive to cooks who wish to get something on the dinner table in a short amount of time without spending hours in the kitchen.

All you need are a few simple staples in your kitchen, and you can prepare a meal that is not only satisfying but easy on the budget and your waistline as well.

Here are the simple directions for making this cod fish entrée and accompanying side dishes.

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: 1 pound of fish fillets serves 2 to 3 people

Ingredients

  • fresh fish fillets, (Pacific coast cod used for this meal)
  • all purpose flour, (small amount to dredge the fish)
  • salt and pepper, to taste, added to the flour
  • paprika, to taste, added to the flour
  • beaten whole egg

Illustration of Icelandic Cod Fish

Icelandic Cod Fish
Icelandic Cod Fish | Source

Instructions in preparing the fish

  1. Remove fish fillet from wrapper, pat dry using paper towel and double check to make sure that there are no bones.
  2. Add the seasonings to the flour and mix together well.
  3. Dredge the pieces of fish into the flour and pat between your hands to remove any excess flour. All you want is a light dusting of the flour on the fish.
  4. Next dredge the floured fish into the beaten egg and put into non-stick skillet heated with a little light olive oil and a pat of melted butter.
  5. Saute until lightly browned and crusted on each side. Only takes a couple of minutes per side depending upon the thickness of the fish.
  6. Remove to heated dinner plate and serve with your choice of vegetables and a slice of fresh lemon.
  7. Enjoy!
Sautéeing the lightly battered fillets of fish in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove.
Sautéeing the lightly battered fillets of fish in a non-stick skillet on top of the stove. | Source

Fingerling Potatoes

My husband and I shop regularly at Costco where we purchase bags of mixed fingerling potatoes.

If you are not familiar with them, they are full grown small (aptly named) finger-like shaped and sized potatoes that come in three colors. There is a regular white to yellow skinned one, a red skinned one and a dark purple one. There may be other varieties as well but this is the combination that is sold at Costco.

Fingerling potatoes being sauteed after being briefly microwaved and smashed by hand to flatten them out.  Could also be sliced in half instead.
Fingerling potatoes being sauteed after being briefly microwaved and smashed by hand to flatten them out. Could also be sliced in half instead. | Source

Garlic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes (another preparation idea!)

Another recipe that sounds good! Pan Seared Cod Fillets with Creole Tomato Cream

As small as the fingerling potatoes are, they can be washed and microwaved for about a minute or so where they become partially cooked and soft to the touch.

My husband then uses his hands to crush them a bit, flattening them out, and proceeds to sauté them in extra virgin olive oil, salting and peppering them to taste. Of course you can prepare them as you would any other type of potato in a variety of methods of your own choosing.

The smashed fingerling potatoes along with some frozen peas which were also briefly microwaved made this cod fish entrée meal very simple, quick and easy to prepare.

Any firm fleshed white fish can be substituted for the cod that we used. Tilapia or flounder or halibut, even catfish would be good substitutes.

Served with a wedge of lemon and accompanied by a fresh salad and a glass of crisp white wine, we had this very meal for our dinner last night.

Try it for yourself and let me know how you like this. Once you see just how easy it is to add some healthful fish to your diet, you will be wanting to make similar meals more often for yourself.

Any leftovers of the fish make great fish sandwiches for the next day! Bon Appetit!

Please rate this recipe. Thanks!

5 stars from 8 ratings of Fish Entree of Quickly Sauteed Pacific Cod Fish

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      Peggy Woods 18 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Susie,

      So glad you enjoyed reading this about the codfish recipe and fingerling potatoes. Fresh walleye fish is wonderful! We used to eat more of that when we lived in Wisconsin. I have not noticed it for sale down here. They usually offer other types of fish. Thanks for the share.

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      Susie Lehto 18 months ago from Minnesota

      Peg, I just finished dinner a bit ago, but I just got hungry all over again for some fish and potatoes. You fish recipe is just the way I like to prepare fish. My favorite is fresh walleye. Will share!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      For the fish eaters in your home, I am sure you will enjoy this recipe. It makes for a quick and easy meal. Sending angels your way as always!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks Peggy...I will have to give this a try. My family likes seafood (well, some of us do :D ) so I will have to make this for those of us that do.

      Adding to my recipe files

      Angels are once again winging their way to you today ps

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Nazmi,

      So glad that you enjoyed this article and recipe. Enjoy!

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      Nazmi 4 years ago

      Your article peltecfry shows what I needed to know, thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Roberta,

      This recipe really is simple, quick and easy to prepare and is so tasty. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      As much as we like fish--mostly grilled or broiled, we've not had much cod. Having learned to love it in restaurants, I think I can try this breaded recipe now. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      How well I remember those fabulous fish frys on Fridays when we lived in Wisconsin! Just about every restaurant had them and they were so good. Thanks for the vote and share. At least this home cooked meal using cod fish is quick and easy as well as good. :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      This looks good. We have Cod just about every friday from a place here that has a fish fry. This recipe looks good and easy. Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      We like fish of all sorts also and as you now know, the preparation on this one is quick, easy and is so delicious. Sometimes simple preparations can be the best. Appreciate the votes, 5 star rating and the share. Thanks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This has to be one of my favorite recipes with all these favorite foods of mine. I adore fish in any form and of any type. The best part is it doesn't take much time to make. That picture on top has revived my hunger.

      Voting this up, awesome and gave 5 stars. Sharing this too.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi How to - Answers,

      The fingerling potatoes are very versatile and pretty with the different colors. Fish and chips is a good combination! Thanks for your comment and the shares of this Cod fish entree recipe that is so simple to prepare.

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      I too love fried fish especially Cod, Skate and Pollock. I did not realise you could buy the finger potatoes like that, very handy.

      I would make large potato chips or fries as you call them in the US. They go very well with fried fish and peas

      Excellent recipe, voted up, 5 stars and shared on Twitter and with followers

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Thelma,

      Do you mean that you cut potatoes into finger sized pieces or do you actually grow them? They come in such small sizes and different colors...thus the name fingerling, I suppose. As to the fish, I could eat this every few days! I really enjoy it. Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! This is one of my favorite dinner. I love it. I usually make my own fingerling potatoes. Thanks for reminding me this food. Voted up and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kelley,

      Thanks for the 5 star rating on this quick and easy dinner made with the codfish, peas and fingerling potatoes. Bon appetite!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Looks delicious. Gave it 5 stars. Thanks for sharing this recipe Peggy! Blessings, Kelley

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Just Ask Susan,

      We normally purchase our bags of fingerling potatoes at Costco, but other stores sell them as well. Hope you can find them up your way. I like the size and different colors of them. Thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your cod sounds delicious and those fingerling potatoes sound really good too. I've never heard of fingerling potatoes before, but I'll have a look for them.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      We avoid buying tilapia if it comes from Vietnam or similar areas because of an off taste. Look for domestic kinds instead. Nice thing about cod is that it is a mild tasting fish. If you have not tried it, I think that you would like it. Glad that you liked the sound of this quick and easy dinner preparation. Thanks for your comment.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This looks absolutely wonderful. I am a big fan of fish but I am very picky about the fish that I eat. Usually I stick with the white fish because it doesn't have as fishy of a taste. I once had tilapia though and it really makes a difference on where you buy it. The tilapia was bad - tasted like mud. But this sounds super delicious and absolutely easy to make! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      I saw some little round potatoes in the different colors just like the fingerling potatoes on a food channel the other day. Will be looking for those in the future. Have you seen any of those where you live? Thanks for your comment and votes on this cod dinner.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Sounds like another good one -- like you, we have all kinds of different-colored fingerlings here in Southern California. They add variety to any meal. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi JSParker,

      Glad that you read on past the photo. There is hardly any flour on the fish...just the lightest dusting, and as you found out, it is mostly the egg batter. Yes, we love Costco! We refrigerate our fingerling potatoes which make them last longer. The quantities are large at Costco...the only negative factor for small families. Thanks for your comment.

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      JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Peggy, this is a very nicely done hub! Just the right amount of basic information, then added videos for those who want more variations.

      I was interested in this recipe because I know we need to eat more fish. At first, from your photo, I thought there was too much flour on the fillets for my taste, as I try to avoid flour as a carbohydrate I can generally do without. But then as I read, I saw it's the egg that make it like a batter. So, I do really want to try this. Voted useful and interesting.

      I've only eaten fingerlings in restaurants. Isn't Costco a great place to shop? (But large quantities for just two people.)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sgbrown,

      How fortunate you are to have ponds with fish on your property. There is nothing quite like having fresh fish available whenever you wish! Glad that you liked this recipe. Appreciate your comment.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wow! Another great recipe! I love fish. We have 2 ponds on our place and so we eat a lot of catfish, bass and perch. I am always up for new ways to cook my fish.

      I also want to thank you for you kind comment on my previous hub. For some reason, I was not able to reply to it. There are truly crazy people in this world, please be careful yourself! Have a great day! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ishwaryaa,

      Fingerling potatoes, while small, are completely full grown which makes them different from new potatoes. They still taste like potatoes but are so easy to cook because of their size and offer the different color contrasts on a plate. Fingerlings are great for roasting also. Hope you get to try them soon. Thanks for your comment, votes and the sharing. :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Another tasty recipe from you! I have not heard of fingerling potatoes till now thanks to you! They taste the same as big potatoes or baby potatoes??? This recipe sounds easy to make and the photos look inviting indeed. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruchira,

      We love garlic potatoes. Have not used the fingerling potatoes like shown in the video yet, but we love garlic mashed potatoes. Thanks for your comment.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      being a vegetarian...i would definitely vouch for garlic potatoes.

      looks delicious, peggy. thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gus,

      You can have seconds on the fish and even thirds! Haha! Thanks for the compliment on my photography. No fancy light boxes or special effects...just kitchen lighting and my handy dandy Panasonic Lumix digital camera put to work on recording these food shots. My hubby does like eating his food when it is still hot. That is the only fly in the ointment. Ha!

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      Peggy - If I can have seconds on the fish, I will even tolerate the peas and the taters. Sure looks good, probably because you are such a fine photographer. (You cheat!)

      Gus :-)))

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Nice to know that you appreciated this quick and easy dinner idea using fresh fish, fingerling potatoes and peas as the entree. It is easy enough even for beginner cooks to follow. Thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      What a treat. Your recipes are so easy to prepare and follow. I love quick and easy meals in this fast-paced working environment. Your husband is a true chef and knows how to make each meal a masterpiece. A wonderful hub with great photos and instructions on making a quick and easy fish entree with fingerling potatoes and peas.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      That is the nice thing about this meal...the ease of preparation, healthful aspects and flavor. Nice that you have the fingerling potatoes. I KNOW that you have all kinds of fresh fish in your area! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      his is easy enough that even I can do it. I like the fingerling potatoes -- we have them here in Southern California in many colors. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      Hopefully where you shop you will be able to find the fingerling potatoes. There are so many varieties of potatoes grown in the world and so often our grocery stores only offer a limited variety...just the most popular ones. I think that more people are now using the fingerling ones. Thanks for your comment and good luck with your search.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have never heard of fingerling potatoes, I will have to look out for them.

      Cod is one of my favourites, thank you for a great recipe, it sounds delicious!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi teaches12345,

      Perhaps next time you can use this simple cod recipe for your fish entree and add some fingerling potatoes to the mix on the plate. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      We just had cod for dinner tonight and this would have been a great recipe to make for the meal. I can almost taste those fingerling potatoes! Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Genna,

      What a nice thing to say! Very happy to hear that you liked reading about this quick and easy dinner preparation using the cod fish as the entree. Thanks for your comment and votes. :)

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Peggy; I can count the number of hubbers who write recipes, etc., that I read with enjoyment, and yours is high on that list. It's like coming home, and stepping into a warm and welcoming kitchen. :-) Up +.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      That is the beauty of this recipe. It truly does fit in with busy schedules and yet one can turn out delicious and healthful meals in little time. Glad that you liked the addition of the fingerling potatoes. Appreciate your comment.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a tasty dinner that's quick to make and is nutritious too, Peggy. It would be a very useful supper for busy people! I love using the different colors of potatoes that you mention because they're both attractive and healthy. Thanks for the meal idea.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlu,

      Fingerling potatoes are a little less starchy than other types and their size also makes it nice if one wants just a little bit of potato as a meal accompaniment. The different colors also add interest to a plate of food. Enjoy this fish entree recipe with your catfish. That is another type of fish that is mild flavored and yet delicious. Thanks for your comment.

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      I'd never even heard of fingerling potatoes. I know I've seen them in the store just never took the time to research what they were or how to make them. Now that I know I will be trying them and the fish recipe (with some catfish) because it sounds awesome and EASY. Voted up, useful and definitely interesting. Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      Be sure and keep a napkin handy! Haha! We love cod fish also and it is very reasonable at Costco. Of course the packages are too large for just the two of us so we separate the fish apportioning it into appropriate sized servings, and freeze it in plastic with the air pumped out. It keeps well that way and we can simply thaw it and have it anytime we wish. Appreciate your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Debbie,

      This fish recipe is about as easy as it gets! As a variation, sometimes my husband skips the egg and it is simply very lightly floured. Then he browns the butter and uses that to finish dressing the fish. Of course that is delicious but also a bit more in the calorie department. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      Gene Jasper 5 years ago

      Cod is one of my favorites, so I didn't read the recipe.The Photo was enough to make drool!

      Gene

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      mmmm i cant wait to try this we just had fish tonight but it wasn't as good as this.

      great recipe

      voted up

      Debbie