Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 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.

Step 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).

Step 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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Good weeknight meal

August 26, 2015
This was good, but with some quibbles. 1 tablespoon butter and 2 T lemon juice for 4 pieces of cod, seriously? There was hardly enough sauce for even a sniff over those 4 pieces of cod, which is a thick cut of fish.Definitely double the sauce.  3/8 tsp. salt: How do you measure it? I do not have a 1/8 tsp measure, so I'm sure I added nearly a half tsp. I also made the suggested Spicy Broccolini that was suggested in the magazine. my broccolini took double the time to cook. I ended up putting in a little chicken broth and covering it to steam it a bit, then leaving off the lid for the last 2 minutes. I was happy with the overall taste, (we loved the rice, for which I added pine nuts rather than hazelnuts as I had them on hand), ease of preparation and presentation but I thought the preparation part was off. I do plan to try it again.

not so great

April 04, 2016
To me this lacked flavor. Maybe because I didn't stir the pilaf the spaghetti went to the top of the pot and was crunchy and not fully cooked. The fish as bland. Will not make again.

Pilaf is amazing

January 04, 2016
The real star of this dish is the pilaf. Next time, I might just make the pilaf with a more flavorful fish, like salmon. For step-by-step photos and instructions, visit:


December 18, 2015
CL has better fish recipes.  The rice/spaghetti mix was unusual, just ok.  I probably won't make this again but I'm glad I tried it.

Super-easy fish

October 17, 2015
Very easy prep for cod loin, agree you need to increase the sauce/increase the calories,   Served with steamed asparagus rather than the recommended broccolini.

Very tasty

September 19, 2015
This is a very easy meal and my husband and son both loved it.

Enjoyed it

September 15, 2015
I needed to add more chicken stock to the pasta & rice.  It was not done in 10 minutes, but the broth had boiled down and would have burned if I had not added more liquid.  Very tasty meal.  I could not find broccolini, but served brussel sprouts instead. I halved them and boiled them, drained them and put them in a dish.  Then I cooked the garlic over very low heat until just golden, added the pepper flakes and put back the sprouts.  Tossed them and reheated them a minute or two.  Each component complemented each other.

More time & liquid for rice...

August 13, 2015
Four stars b/c the rice blend needed double the liquid and time to fully cook, but it was quick, tasty and a good week night meal. Added steamed broccoli to round out the meal; will cook again.