Crispy Oven-Fried Cod
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
4 (6-ounce) pieces center-cut cod or scrod fillet (3/4-inch thick)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
Accompaniment: lemon wedges and tartar sauce
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Combine bread crumbs, cornmeal, salt, and cayenne in a large sealable plastic
bag and shake to mix.
Season fish with salt and pepper on both sides and, working with 1 piece at a
time, put fish in bag and shake to coat well with crumbs.
Dip fish in eggs, then shake in crumbs again to coat. Transfer fish to a plate.
Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch heavy ovenproof skillet (preferably
cast-iron) over high heat until hot but not smoking, then fry fish until
undersides are golden brown, about 1 minute. Turn over, add remaining 3
tablespoons oil, and cook 1 minute more.
Put skillet in upper third of oven and bake until fish is just cooked through,
about 5 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 535 calories; 26 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 44 percent calories from
fat); 35 g carbohydrates; 181 mg cholesterol; 894 mg sodium; 39 g protein; 2 g
Adapted from Gourmet.