Saturday, August 23, 2008

Microwave Cod and Apples

An extremely quick dinner party or main meal fish casserole, easy to prepare but with sophisticated flavors and appearance. Recipe serves 4.

Power Setting: High (100%)


1 3/4 pound (800 g) cod (tail or 2 fillets)
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 large onion
3 Granny Smith apples
2 ounces (50 g) butter
Salt and pepper
Pinch of brown sugar
2 teaspoons mild curry powder
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 pint (300 ml) good white wine
1 ounce (25 g) butter
2 tablespoons brandy


1. Rinse the fish under cold water and dry with absorbent kitchen paper. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and leave to stand for 15 minutes.
2. Peel and chop the onion. Wash, core and slice 2 of the apples. Place the butter in the casserole and cook for 1 minute to melt. Add the onion and apple and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add salt and pepper to taste with the sugar, curry powder and flour, blending well. Cook for 1 minute. Gradually add the wine, blending well, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Place the fish on top and cook, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until the fish flakes easily.
4. Peel, core and slice the third apple. Preheat a browning dish for 5 minutes or according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add the butter and swirl to coat. Add the apple and cook for 2 minutes, turning over after 1 minute.
5. Remove the fish from the sauce and arrange on a warmed serving dish. Add the brandy to the sauce and pour over the fish. Garnish with the golden apple slices. Serve with rice or potatoes.

To freeze: Cook cod in its sauce to end of Step 3. Cover, label and freeze.
Freezer life: 1 month.
To use: Thaw then cook for 3-4 minutes till hot, then complete Steps 4 and 5.

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