Salt and Pepper Fillet of Cod

In most Cantonese style Chinese restaurants you will see salt and pepper fish, shrimp or calamari offered on the menu. These dishes are all deep-fried. We use less oil at home to pan fry the seafood. It is just as tasty with half the calories!

Salt and Pepper Cod

1 pound boneless and skinless fillet of Cod white fish
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons all-propose flour
1 scallion, including the green top
1 fresh green jalapeno pepper
2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil (for cooking in a non-stick frying pan)

Rinse the fish fillet with cold water and pat-dry with paper towels. Cut the fish into 2-inch size pieces (each fish fillet piece is approx. ½ to 1 inch thick). Mix salt, sugar, black and white peppers together thoroughly in a small dish. Sprinkle half of the salt, sugar and pepper mixture onto the fish pieces evenly. In a large bowl, toss the partially seasoned fish pieces with 2 tablespoons of flour. Coat the fish well and set aside. Finely chop the green onion. Wash, remove the stem of the jalapeno pepper and thinly slice crosswise.

To Cook:
Heat oil in a non-stick large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the flour coated fish pieces into the pan. Pan fry the fish for about 3 minutes until lightly golden brown. Carefully turn each piece of fish over and cover the pan with a lid to cook the other side for another 3 minutes. Add the chopped green onions and the thinly sliced jalapeno peppers to the pan. Sprinkle the remaining salt, sugar and pepper mixture evenly over the cooked fish. Gently stir and mix everything together. Try your best not to break the fish pieces. Cook for 30 seconds longer. Serve hot or warm.

Makes 2 to 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 7 minutes

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4 Responses to “Salt and Pepper Fillet of Cod”

  1. Amanda Says:

    I love this! Thank you so much for posting this I had salt & pepper fish in a restaurant in India and I have been looking for a recipe ever since yours was perfect. Before I could find only salt & pepper shrimp recipes… it turned out fantastic even though I subbed the Jalapeños with a tiny bit of dry red chili. I will definitely be back to try more recipes 🙂

  2. Lucy McHale Says:

    Thank you for your nice comment. Glad you enjoyed this recipe. Please try some more recipes. Thanks,

  3. lisa Says:

    great recipe , a must keep !
    exactly what I was looking for.
    at the Ginger beef restaurant this dish is served with sliced onions and red pepper.
    I made it that way , it was like dining out 🙂

  4. Amanda Says:

    The Salt and pepper cod is to die for – so easy and it has that umami your taste buds are craving. Made this a dozen times and everyone loves it!

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