Cod, Beluga Lentils and Salsa Verde

Cod and salsa verdeWhite, black and green. Keep it simple. In my part of the world cod is in season and I pair it with beluga lentils, because of their beauty and bite, with latin inspired  salsa verde for color and flavor. In Southern California where I have spent many magic years, salsa verde contains tomatillos and cilantro, the Italians add anchovies. This is my weekday version.

Salsa Verde

  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 handful basil
  • 1/3 cup / 85 ml olive oil
  • Juice from 1 small lemon
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Salt to taste
  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times. You want to keep a bit of texture. At least that’s how I like it. A smoother salsa works too as does a more coarsely chopped salsa verde.

Cod and Beluga Lentils

  • 1 pound cod
  • 1 cup / 2.5 dl beluga lentils
  • 2 tbsps butter
  • 1 shallot, optional
  • 2 tsps olive oil, optional
  • Chili flakes, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F/190 C.
  2. Cut the cod into serving size and place on parchment paper.
  3. Bring 2 cups of salted water to a boil. Rinse the beluga lentils and cook uncovered according to instructions for 15-20 minutes.  Taste once in a while after 15 minutes to avoid mushy lentils. You are aiming for a delicate al dente bite. If you have the time you can mince the shallot and fry in olive oil with a drizzle of chili flakes before adding the lentils.
  4. Top each piece of cod with a dollop of butter and flaky salt. Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on the size. Test with a fork, they are done when they are flaky.
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