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Cod with Shiitake-Bacon Crust and Arugula Salad

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Total time 30 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet and about 3/4 cup mushroom-arugula mixture)

This is triple-whammy umami--shiitakes, bacon, and cod all deliver complex tastes. You can also use haddock, flounder, or tilapia. Shiitake mushrooms have a bolder flavor than most mushrooms, with an almost smoky quality that amplifies the flavor of the bacon. The key is to keep it simple to let these powerhouse ingredients shine.   

Ingredients

  • 4 bacon slices, cut into 1/2-in. pieces
  • 8 ounces sliced shiitake mushroom caps, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 4 (6-oz.) cod fillets (about 1 1/2-in. thick)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 (5-oz.) pkg. fresh arugula

Nutrition Information

  • calories 322
  • fat 20.9 g
  • satfat 5.4 g
  • monofat 10.9 g
  • polyfat 2.5 g
  • protein 28 g
  • carbohydrate 6 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 87 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 543 mg
  • calcium 73 mg
  • Est. Added Sugars 0
  • sugars 2

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

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  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add 5 ounces mushrooms; cook 5 minutes or until mushrooms wilt, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat; cool 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a food processor; pulse 10 times or until a coarse mixture forms. (Do not puree.) Stir in pepper and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle fillets with 1/8 teaspoon salt; top with mushroom mixture, pressing gently to adhere. Drizzle with 1 1/2 teaspoons oil; place on parchment. Bake at 400°F for 12 to 15 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

  4. Increase heat to broil, with oven rack 6 inches from heat. Broil fillets 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned.

  5. Heat skillet over medium-high. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons oil; swirl. Add garlic and remaining 3 ounces mushrooms; cook 4 minutes or until mushrooms are soft. Add arugula; cook 1 minute or until slightly wilted. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Serve with fish.