Saturday, July 9, 2011

CSA Week 3 and Cod Two Ways

Wow, my CSA this year is insane!!! I have more greens then I know what to do with!
 Week 3 was another amazing week.  
In the mix:
Romaine Lettuce, Kale, Beets, Strawberries, Cucumbers, Radishes, Summer Squash, 
Peas and Swiss Chard.

I decided to cook with one protein this week and decided on Wild Cod. Automatically when I think white fish, I think fish tacos.  When I saw a recipe for fish tacos and strawberry avocado salsa on Closet Cooking, I knew I had to make it.  I mean look how beautiful my strawberries are!
 I turned these strawberries into the best avocado salsa I've ever had.  This is a MUST make people.  Mixing creamy avocado with luscious fruity strawberries with lime juice, red onion and jalapeno and you get a salsa that is seriously delicious.

Then adding that salsa to crispy white fish with cilantro and feta cheese and this dish is out of this world.
 I'm starving right now and I really wish I had more of this to make!!!  This will be a salsa I will make again and again.  It's that good.  Now go make it!  This is how.
Fish Tacos with Strawberry Avocado Salsa
Inspired by Closet Kitchen

  • 1 pound white fish such as tilapia, cod, etc.
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely sliced
  • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 (4 inch) tortillas
  • 2 cups strawberry avocado salsa (see below)
  • 1/2 cup queso fresco or feta, crumbled
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • Instructions:
  • Marinate the fish in the oil, lime juice and zest, jalapeno, garlic, green onion, cumin, salt and pepper for 10-20 minutes. Grill or cook in hot skillet the fish over medium-high heat until cooked, about 4-6 minutes per side. The fish will be cooked when it flakes easily and it is no longer translucent. Flake the fish and serve in tortillas garnished with strawberry and avocado salsa, crumbled strawberry and avocado salsa and cilantro or your favorite taco toppings.
  • Strawberry Avocado Salsa
  • Ingredients
    • 1 1/4 cups strawberries, cut into small pieces
    • 1/2 cup avocado, cut into small pieces
    • 1 jalapeno, finely diced
    • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
    • 1 lime, juice and zest
    • 1 handful cilantro, chopped
    • salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together and enjoy!
 This was such a fresh dinner and I was able to utilize my CSA Strawberries. : )

The next night I used the rest of cod to make Baked Cod in a Tomato Feta Sauce, also inspired by Closet Cooking.  In this dish, I used tons of my CSA greens- sauteed kale and swiss chard and then baked the dish together.

My secret ingredient was definitely a can of diced fire roasted chipotle peppers tomatoes from Muir Glen.  This made the dish nice and spicy, just how I like it.  If you don't like spice as much as I do, you can just use a regular can of diced tomatoes, but I believe this is the secret ingredient : )

Cod Baked in a Tomato and Feta Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • chili pepper flakes to taste
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes or 2 cups of fresh tomatoes, diced
  • (I used Chipotle Peppers Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • {1/4 cup parsley, chopped}
  • {1/4 cup dill, chopped}
  • Instead of parsley and dill, I used a cup of kale and swiss chard!
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 (6 ounce) cod fillets
Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and chili pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about a minute. Add the white wine and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer until the sauce just starts to thicken, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, add in greens and wilt down then add in feta and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the cod fillets in a baking dish and pour the tomato sauce over them. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the fish is cooked, about 10-12 minutes. The cod will be cooked when it flakes easily and it is no longer translucent.
 White Fish can be boring but with these two flavor packed dishes, cod is mouth watering good.  And I was so happy to use some of my CSA produce.  I still have a fridge full of more from Week 4 of my CSA.

Anyone have any great recipes for Snap Peas?  Let me know! I have 3 pounds worth : )

Question for you: How do you spice up white fish?


  1. I keep meaning to join a CSA. All your produce looks so fresh and delicious.

  2. The cod baked in a tomato feta sauce is definitely something I would enjoy. Like you, I'm a big fan of spicy foods!

  3. Both of those recipes sound fantastic and i'm so jealous of your CSA!

  4. that looks so good! I love white fish cooked very simply, but if I want to spice it up I usually make some kind of taco with it - so delicious! I am not on a wait list for a CSA near me - love seeing your beautiful haul of stuff!

  5. We've made kale crisps, roasted various carrots and beets. A hot 400f oven is all it takes. Another favorite are fridge pickles...we love our CSA share. Thanks red fire farm!

  6. You are such an amazing cook! It's awesome that your CSA is inspiring you to make such creative and delicious things. Dave is one lucky guy :)

  7. I have an obsession with feta... both dishes sound amazing!

  8. I don't eat seafood, but your meals always look so pretty that you might convince me to try it ;)

  9. I made an asian salad with shrimp and some of those snap peas - turns out they were shell peas last week! Taste one raw, if its really tough its a shell pea. Don't make the mistake I did!

  10. I don't eat a lot of seafood, but I love cod. Both dishes look amazing! I am so jealous of your CSA loot. I just finished a bowl of your kale pesta pasta. Thanks for the yummy lunch!

  11. Great recipes for the cod! That strawberry guac sounds AMAZING! I need to go get some good strawberries!!

  12. Told you I was behind on reading!!! Made fish tacos with cod just the other day... My salsa was very similar but used mango instead of strawberries. Excellent!!!