Cod Fish Mayhem

First let’s see what we were dealing with. So a generous co-worker of ours bought some Fresh Atlantic Cod he caught on his day off. I like cod as it is a nice fish, light and can be easily flavored. It is also not highly fishy in my opinion. I guess that is because I usually have it salted.

So I was supposed to eat/cook the cod on the day I received it but I had some errands to run so I left it for the following day. That was fine until I started to clean the fish (stray skin). I did not notice at first, but then I saw these little pink/red coils. I took a few out and then realized they were still living-WORMS. Crazy right. They began to uncoil. I became so intent on making sure I got them all, I turned into a detective. I used the end of a sharp knife to fish them out. I even called my boyfriend over to take pics as it skeeved me out to take them. I counted about 12. I luckily filleted further one of the slices. I saw a thick portion and knew that I had to check. As I thought, there was another one. Here is a picture of my Circle of Worms.

Circle of Worms

Fast forward to the cooking. I filled a wok with water to the 3/4 mark, then added some celery, ginger (powder) and cut ginger, garlic, parsley (fresh), bay leaves, salt, pepper, and coriander (ground). I let it come to a boil and then I steamed the fish on the racks that came with the wok.

In a separate pot, I put chopped ginger (2tbsl), scallions (1tblsp) and garlic (1tblsp). I let it cook in the oil for a few minutes and then added 1/2 cup of soy sauce, 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon of teriyaki, and then 1tblsp of honey. Oh, almost forgot the tblsp of butter. I let it cook for a little and adjusted the taste with salt & pepper and brown sugar. It was not a sweet sauce but just not a bitter sauce. I then poured the hot sauce on top of the cod. like so—

Cod in soy and ginger sauce

Here is the complete dinner.

cod with brussels sprouts and hash browns

The funny part is that while dissecting as we ate, I saw one tiny piece of red and was turned off. I could not enjoy further although it tasted good and was almost a perfect first try. We ate the hash browns which were good as well–onions cooked into the potatoes. The sprouts could have done with maybe 1-2 minutes more of boiling to be supper soft like. I had cooked them further in the wok (no water) to get some browning and a garlic coating.

So the cod is no more. There are another 2 servings in the freezer, let’s hope for the best next time.
😦 double 😦 😦

If you have a mayhem story, send it to the blog and I will post it. People like knowing they are not alone.

Ciao and happy fishing!!


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