Cod in Buttery Wine Sauce

There is a Polish proverb that says, “Fish, to taste right, must swim three times – in water, in butter, and in wine.” That’s exactly what this cod does. It swam in the sea (water), is seared in butter, then lightly poached in white wine and served with rice.

Here’s how you do it:

Pat the cod fillets dry,

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then gently rub the spices on both sides.

Melt 1/2 cup of the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat until it’s just softly brown.

Lay the fish and one sprig of fresh basil in the butter. Sear the fish on both sides.

Add the wine and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, gently for about 3-5 minutes, or until fish flakes easily.

Remove the fish with a slotted spoon to a plate and keep warm.

Continue simmering the sauce until it’s reduced by about a fourth. You should have about 3/4 of the liquid remaining.

In a small saucepan, melt the remaining butter, then add the flour. Heat, stirring constantly, until the flour is lightly browned.

Stir the flour mixture into the wine and butter in the skillet and mix well. Some good wine choices are riesling (what I used), pinot gris, or sauvignon blanc.

Add the half and half and whisk, cooking until the sauce thickens.

Put the cod back into the pan until it’s heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot with hot rice and topped with chopped fresh basil.

This recipe is so easy and it can be used with any kind of fish fillets or wine.

© Copyright 2022 The Lazy Gastronome

5 from 15 votes
Cod in Buttery Wine Sauce

Seared in butter, then poached in wine, this delicate dish is easy and elegant.

Course: Main Course, main dish
Cuisine: American, fish, seafood
Keyword: barbecue sauce, basil, basmati rice, browned butter, cod, white wine, wine
Servings: 4 servings
Author: HelenFern
Ingredients
  • 4 medium to large Cod Fillets
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2-3 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 5/8 cup butter
  • 2 cups semi-sweet white wine (good options: Riesling, Pinot Gris, or Sauvignon Blanc.)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3-4 large whole stems of fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Pat the cod fillets dry, then gently rub the spices on both sides.

  2. Melt 1/2 cup of the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat until it's just softly brown.

  3. Lay the fish and one sprig of fresh basil in the butter. Sear the fish on both sides.

  4. Add the wine and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer, gently for about 3-5 minutes, or until fish flakes easily.

  5. Remove the fish with a slotted spoon to a plate and keep warm.

  6. Continue simmering the sauce until reduced by about a fourth.

  7. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining butter, then add the flour. Heat, stirring constantly, until the flour is lightly browned.

  8. Stir into the wine and butter in the skillet and mix well.

  9. Add the half and half and whisk, cooking until the sauce thickens.

  10. Put the cod back into the pan until it's heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  11. Serve hot with hot rice and topped with chopped fresh basil.

Recipe Notes

© Copyright 2022 The Lazy Gastronome

 

Any type of fish or wine can be used. 

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25 Responses to Cod in Buttery Wine Sauce

  1. Mandy Applegate says:

    5 stars
    The cod was so good, I loved the buttery wine and will make again!

  2. Marcellina says:

    What a tasty winning dish!

  3. Liz says:

    5 stars
    Such a simple, delicious recipe! I used it on halibut and it was a hit!! Will try it with cod next.

  4. Mitch says:

    5 stars
    Love the addition of smoked paprika and lemon pepper! Great combo.

  5. Amy Liu Dong says:

    5 stars
    Such a good and tasty dish. Perfect for lunch or dinner ideas.
    Thank you!

  6. andrea says:

    love how simple and delicious this dish turned out. so good!

  7. Jamie says:

    5 stars
    Love the flavors of this dish!

  8. 5 stars
    This looks delish! And I’m loving the Polish proverb. LOL.

  9. Priya says:

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious!

  10. Elizabeth Berg says:

    5 stars
    We loved this wine sauce!!! I’ll be making this cod recipe again soon!!!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    Simple and great for a quick dinner!

  12. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    Everyone loved this! Such and easy recipe to follow and tasted delicious. I will definitely be making it again.

  13. Jere Cassidy says:

    5 stars
    I am not good at cooking fish but I love fish so decided to give your recipe a try which just came out perfect and so delicious. Finally a fish recipe I can make!!!!!

  14. Emily says:

    5 stars
    This is easy to make and is an elegant dish to serve to company. The flavors are delicious!

  15. Amy Liu Dong says:

    5 stars
    I made it at home, and this is so easy and delicious.
    My husband loves it so much!

  16. 5 stars
    I love cod and the buttery sauce sounds delicious.

  17. Jessica Formicola says:

    5 stars
    This was the best cod I’ve ever made! And the sauce is so flavorful!

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