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Though the idea of baking fish at home is intimidating to many cooks, there are a few tricks to help the process go swimmingly. Baked fish isn’t so hard to make when the oven does most of the work to provide flavor. Season pre-cut fish fillets with salt and pepper, then place in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil, citrus, vegetables like fennel, olives or cherry tomatoes, and herbs to your liking.
If baking a whole fish, place the fish on a baking sheet, season the interior with salt and pepper, then stuff the cavity with citrus and herbs, and drizzle inside and out with olive oil. Place in a preheated oven – 350-375 for fish fillets, up to 425 for whole fish - and bake until the fish is uniformly opaque and flakes when pierced with the tip of a knife.
Quick Baked Cod and Green Beans
1 lb. cod, cut into 4 pieces
2 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. green beans, cleaned and trimmed
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1. Preheat the oven to 375 and bring a 4-quart stockpot of salted water to a boil.
2. Pat the cod dry and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper on either side.
3. Heat the butter and oil in an ovenproof 12-inch skillet or 4 quart saute pan over medium-high heat until bubbling and steaming.
4. Add the cod and cook for 1-2 minutes per side to brown the fish.
5. Transfer to the oven and bake for 5 more minutes to cook through.
6. While the fish bakes, blanch the green beans in the pot of boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove the fish from the oven and toss the green beans in the buttery pan sauce to season.
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