March in the Kitchen – Cod Cheeks with Spicy Lemon Salsa Verde

Have you ever seen cod cheeks at the fish store? I don’t often see them but grab them whenever they appear. They look like large scallops (and I think are sometimes used as a cheat for them). The meat is near the bone and makes a flavorful dish.

Cod Cheeks

Cod Cheeks

I find they are best simply sautéed in a combination of butter and olive oil, a little finely chopped garlic added at the end, then a splash of white wine to finish. I served them with spicy lemon salsa verde. You could use chopped parsley and it would be good as well.

  • 1 lb of fresh cod cheeks
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • ¼ cup of dry white wine
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional chopped parsley or spicy lemon salsa verde


Cod Cheeks

Cod Cheeks

  1. Pick over the cod cheeks, cutting out any hard bits.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter with the olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.
  3. When the butter has melted and the foaming has stopped, add the cod cheeks to the skillet.
  4. Brown on one side; then turn and brown the other. Continue to cook until they are opaque and white into the center.
  5. Remove the cod to a warm bowl and add the chopped garlic to the skillet, turning the heat down to medium. Cook until softened, do not let the garlic brown or it will be bitter.
  6. Add the white wine to the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce until beginning to look syrupy, and then add the last tablespoon of butter. Stir until it melts into a smooth sauce.
  7. Briefly return the cod cheeks to the sauce to coat and serve warm with a chopped parsley garnish or salsa verde.
Cod Cheeks with Spicy Lemon Salsa Verde

Cod Cheeks with Spicy Lemon Salsa Verde

I’m going to share this with the gang at Angie’s on Fiesta Friday #58.

Fiesta Friday

Fiesta Friday

18 thoughts on “March in the Kitchen – Cod Cheeks with Spicy Lemon Salsa Verde

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