Cod is served with a Provençal bean ragout made from niçoise olives, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes and lima beans.
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So glad that you liked the recipe. Also, we are glad that you found the techniques in the recipe to be helpful.
To answer your questions:
The fish is placed in the oven because the surround heat helps it to cook quickly and evenly. ;
The reason the fish is fried only on the one side and then flipped over is because that is the presentation-side.
For more info and techniques on cooking fish there are a few lessons on cooking fish. The lesson on How to Pan Fry Fish might be quite helpful in this instance. Cheers!
Tomatos, black olives, capers, basil, white wine. This ragout is a winner. Worked with chicken pretty well. But with cod, it was perfect. I was a bit afraid the richness of the ragout would overwhelm the delicate flavor of the cod, but it actually matched pretty well.
Made this tonight for dinner, and totally messed up. I used stainless steel pan, and the crust was burnt and turned black in like 1 minute. Maybe this recipe was better using non-stick pan? Also I used frozen cod. The texture and taste was just off. I am going to try to do this recipe again with non-stick pan and fresh cod, and see how that turns out.
Good for you for realizing where you went wrong rather than maybe blaming the recipe. Indeed, you should try this recipe again using fresh and not frozen fish as this is likely most certainly where things went wrong. Before you make it again I would suggest that you watch the lesson on Pan Frying Fish. Good luck and let us know how it goes. Cheers!
This is my first post so here goes.
Can you confirm that lima beans are what we call butter beans in the UK? All the butter beans I have found in the supermarket are white which probably won't make the dish look so good, would broad beans work instead and if frozen isn't available would canned work just as well?
Thanks in advance
According to wikipedia, both lima and butter beans are in the same classification: Phaseolus lunatus. "The term butter bean is widely used for a large, flat and white variety of lima bean. However, oftentimes "butter bean" only refers to a fresh or mealy textured bean.
". . . In culinary use, lima beans and butter beans are distinctly different, the former being small and green, the latter large and yellow. In areas where both are considered to be lima beans, the green variety may be labeled as "baby" limas."
For this recipe we are referring to the small green lima beans. As mentioned in a previous comment, you can certainly make substitutions. Hope this helps. Cheers!