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Cod with Herbed White Wine Lemon Sauce

This recipe can be made using any fresh mild-flavored white fish, such as cod, sole, sea bass, or flounder.

  • Yield: Serves 4
Cod with Herbed White Wine Lemon Sauce

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 1997


  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 lemons, 1 juiced and 1 sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup capers, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup loosely packed mixed fresh herbs, such as parsley, tarragon, chervil, dill, and thyme, roughly chopped
  • 4 (about 6 ounces each) codfish fillets


  1. Combine shallot, wine, and lemon juice in a small skillet; set over high heat. Bring to a boil; simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in butter, capers, 1/4 teaspoon salt, a pinch of pepper, and 3/4 of the herbs. Set aside; keep warm.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; add 3 tablespoons sauce. Season both sides of fillets with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper. Arrange fillets and lemon slices in skillet; sprinkle with some herbs. Cook until fillets are golden, about 4 minutes. Turn, sprinkle with remaining herbs, and cook until fish is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Serve with lemon slices and remaining sauce.

Reviews (3)

  • carrmichael 17 Jan, 2010

    I found this prep more difficult than it would appear. Sauce did not reduce to nearly 1/4 cup in 10 min and 3 tbs of sauce is not enough to cook the fish without it falling apart on the turn. Tasted was pretty good, although with this much lemon (and I used Meyer lemons), I'd leave the capers out next time.

  • mleves 11 Nov, 2008

    Absolutely delicious! Best dinner I have made in a while. It's going to become a staple in my house. I used dill, parsley and thyme from the garden.

  • ehguy11 27 Jul, 2008

    Cut recipe in 1/2 and made for two. Very fresh and flavorful. I used 1 skillet and it worked out very well. Used fresh herbs from the garden. Delicious!

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