Looking for a unique and delicious combo for dinner? You have to try this Cod with Coffee Butter! It’s so easy to throw together and can be on your table in 20 minutes! Low carb and gluten free.
Any fellow coffee lovers out there? You’re going to love this baked cod with coffee butter. But, I’m willing to bet even non-coffee drinkers (how do you function?!) will enjoy this meal.
And, if you don’t announce there’s coffee butter involved, probably no one will guess the secret ingredient. Spoiler: it’s coffee extract.*
Yes! It’s a thing. A beautiful thing.
It gives your lemon butter a savory somethin’ somethin’ without using ground or brewed coffee. Combined with garlic and pepper accents, you’ll have a delectable, velvety, coffee butter sauce that makes you go mmmm.
You might be wondering how in the world I decided to pair cod with coffee butter. Well, years ago, I clipped a catfish recipe from the newspaper, because…”DID SOMEBODY SAY ‘COFFEE BUTTER??!'”
That old recipe called for instant ground coffee. My hubby and I enjoyed it, but my kids were put off by the taste and texture of the grounds. So, I tucked away that note-covered newspaper clipping in my file of meal ideas (that thing is bursting at the seams now), and vowed to revisit coffee butter when my children were older.
These days, I don’t stock instant coffee (yuck!) but do keep coffee extract in my pantry. It’s great for coffee whipped cream, mocha anything, and I’ll be baking cookies with it next.
So, I ended up reinventing the coffee butter sauce, building it around the coffee extract for a smooth texture and outstanding flavor. My daughter hasn’t tasted my baked cod with coffee butter yet, but my son gave it a thumbs up. It’s definitely earned its spot in my blog’s arsenal of fish recipes.
And have you tried cod? It’s meaty, mild and tender. It lends itself to so many delicious variations, like this Lemon Parmesan Cod with Garlic Butter, a favorite among Cooking with Mamma C readers and one of the best cod recipes.
Just like that dish, this cod with coffee butter is gluten free and low carb — but you’ll want some type of bread to soak up that to-die-for sauce in the pan. Because…coffee butter. Coffeeee buttahhh.
This is such a quick and easy recipe. It can be on your table in 20 minutes, from start to finish.
Serve it with rice and Rapini with Garlic. Or Baked Vegetable Risotto with Asparagus and Spinach. Yum!
And, if you love cod as much as I do, check out this great collection of cod recipes on Huffington Post. Lenten Friday meals don’t have to be boring!
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C, inspired by a recipe I clipped from the Plain Dealer years ago)
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