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Poached cod and asparagus

Recipe Information

Servings 4
Preparation Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Total Time 35 Minutes
Difficulty Easy
Main Ingredient Cod
Category Seafood
Meal Lunch; Dinner
Type Main Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Low Calorie; Low Fat; Low Carb; High Protein; Heart Healthy


  • 1 lemon, divided

  • 1 cup dry white wine 

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch 

  • 1 tablespoon shallots, thinly sliced

  • 1 bay leaf 

  • 5 whole black peppercorns 

  • 1 1/4 pounds cod, cut into 4 equal portions

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 

  • 4 sprigs fresh tarragon 

  • 1 1/2 bunches (about 1 1/2 pounds) asparagus, trimmed

  • 1/2 cup water 

  • 2 tablespoons butter 



  • Slide the lemon in half. Squeeze lemon juice from one half of the lemon into a small saucepan. Add wine and cornstarch to the lemon juice, whisk to combine, and season with the shallot, bay leaf, and peppercorns.

  • Place the saucepan over medium-high heat. When the liquid begins to boil, reduce the heat. Simmer the ingredients for 10-12 minutes until the sauce thickens.

  • While the sauce simmers, season the cod with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the black pepper, and top each portion with a sprig of tarragon. Slice the reserved lemon half into thin strips, which can be placed over the tarragon.

  • In a large skillet, arrange the asparagus in an even layer and top with 1/2 cup of water. Cover the asparagus with the seasoned cod, and place the skillet over medium heat. When the water begins to boil, cover the skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.

  • Using a sieve, strain the reduced sauce into a bowl, then transfer to a small saucepan. Add 1 tablespoon of butter at a time, and swirl the sauce until the butter melts. Add the remaining salt to the sauce, and remove from heat.

  • Place equal portions of fish and asparagus onto four dinner dishes, and top with the sauce. Serve immediately.


Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories: 228 cal

  • Total fat: 7g

  • Saturated fat: 4g

  • Cholesterol: 61mg

  • Sodium: 395mg

  • Carbohydrate: 2g

  • Fiber: 2g

  • Protein: 27g