Sear the cod fillets in the bacon drippings first to get a good crust; then add back to the pan, and cover so they can steam and impart their juices to the vegetable mixture. You can also use grouper or snapper.
2 center-cut bacon slices, chopped
4 (6-oz.) cod fillets, skinned
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 cup thinly sliced fennel
1 cup sliced mini bell peppers
4 cups stemmed, chopped lacinato kale
1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup chopped fennel fronds
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Est. added sugars 0g
How to Make It
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon. Sprinkle fish with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add fish to drippings in pan; cook 4 minutes on one side or until golden. Remove fish from pan (fish will not be cooked through).
Add sliced fennel and bell peppers to pan; sauté 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add kale to pan; arrange fish on top of kale. Add stock to pan; cover and cook 6 to 8 minutes or until kale is wilted and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Sprinkle with bacon, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, parsley, fennel fronds, and vinegar.
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I was worried that this wouldn't have much flavor, because there isn't much seasoning, but it's actually tasty! I did use low sodium chicken broth instead of unsalted stock, so that could have added more flavor than the original recipe would have had. Cooking the food in the bacon fat definitely gives good flavor as well.
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