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Seared Cod with Swiss Chard and Almonds

Seared Cod with Swiss Chard and Almonds

Premium Hungarian paprika elevates the flavor profile of this dish. Winter greens make a pretty plated entrée and are nutritious, too. Besides more than half the recommended vitamins A and C from the greens, the fish and greens supply a little zinc. Serve with couscous or orzo.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2008

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet, 1/2 cup chard, and 2 1/4 teaspoons almonds)


  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sweet Hungarian paprika, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 10 cup thinly sliced trimmed Swiss chard (about 2 bunches)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 4 (6-ounce) cod fillets


1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add almonds to pan; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring constantly. Transfer to small bowl with a slotted spoon. Sprinkle almonds with 1/4 teaspoon paprika, stirring to coat. Set aside.

2. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute or until golden, stirring constantly. Add 3 1/3 cups chard to pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until wilted, stirring constantly. Repeat procedure 2 times with remaining chard. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt; cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in vinegar. Remove from pan; wipe skillet with paper towels.

3. Sprinkle fish evenly with the remaining 1 teaspoon paprika and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan; cook fish 2 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Serve fish with chard mixture; sprinkle evenly with almonds.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 243
  • Calories from fat: 33%
  • Fat: 8.6g
  • Saturated fat: 1.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
  • Protein: 34.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 7.9g
  • Fiber: 3.4g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 897mg
  • Calcium: 129mg

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