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Lemon-Browned Butter Cod with Hazelnut Pilaf

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

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Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1/2 cup rice mixture)

Thin pieces of spaghetti are traditional in Armenian-style pilaf. If you can't find basmati rice, any long-grain white rice will work. Keep an eye on the butter mixture as it browns--it can burn quickly.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 ounces uncooked thin spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 5/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • 4 (6-ounce) cod fillets
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 lemon wedges (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 416
  • fat 14.9 g
  • satfat 4.7 g
  • monofat 7.4 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 36 g
  • carbohydrate 35 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 88 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 426 mg
  • calcium 46 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat; swirl until butter melts. Add pasta; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add stock, rice, 3/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to pan; bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes). Fluff rice mixture with a fork. Top with hazelnuts.

  3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle fish with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add fish to pan; cook 1 minute. Turn over; place pan in oven. Bake at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Remove fish from pan; keep warm. Wipe out pan with paper towels (do not rinse).

  4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter; swirl until butter melts. Cook 1 minute or until butter begins to brown. Stir in juice. Drizzle butter mixture over fish. Serve with rice mixture and lemon wedges, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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