Poor Man’s Lobster – What a great meal to put together for a dinner party or just a quiet night at home. The way this seafood is prepared brings out the freshness in the cod with no “fishy” taste. This recipe really does make cod taste like lobster!
I absolutely love lobster. Every time my husband and I are out for a special dinner my mouth starts watering at the thought of this scrumptious delicacy (I live in the Midwest remember) being on the restaurant’s specials board. But even when it is, I seem to always pass it up due to the high price tag and the guilt I’d feel following the meal. Sad, right?
Well, to turn my frown upside down I’ve learned how to make a mean broiled lobster tail for special occasions at home (buying and preparing it yourself costs roughly half of what you’d pay at a restaurant around here) and for a family dinner during the week, I opt for my tried and true broiled cod recipe we call Poor Man’s Lobster here in Wisconsin.
The cod, when prepared as instructed below, has the texture and consistency of lobster and tastes almost like the real thing. I promise it will not taste “fishy” and your house will not reek of seafood for the next several days. People who don’t even like fish, like this recipe, and it’s been known to please even the pickiest eaters – AKA my children.
I still haven’t shared the best part of this recipe. You know those days when dinner sneaks up on you or you’ve been at work all day and realize you never took any meat or fish out of the freezer to feed your family that evening?
Yep, you know what I’m talking about. Well, this recipe is the ticket because you don’t need to thaw the cod beforehand. In fact, I prefer NOT to thaw the cod when I make this. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why.
Poor Man’s Lobster is easy, delicious and healthy (for the most part). If you want to substitute the sugar with Splenda, fine. If you want to use less butter, fine. But don’t substitute margarine for the butter – it has too watery of a consistency. Roll up your sleeves, get your ingredients together and let’s make some Poor Man’s Lobster! It’s pretty safe to say this could easily become a staple meal in your home after you try it!
For this recipe, you’ll need 6 (6 oz.) frozen cod fillets, 1 cup sugar, 6 cups water, 2 tablespoons salt, lemon pepper seasoning, paprika, 1/2 lemon and melted butter.
- 6 (6 oz. cod fillets)
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 tablespoons salt
- Melted butter (to brush fillets and for dipping)
- ½ lemon
- Paprika and lemon-pepper seasoning to taste
- Preheat your broiler.
- Wrap a broiler pan with aluminum foil (easier clean up) and spray with nonstick spray. Make sure you shape the aluminum foil to the grooves on your broiler pan so the excess liquid has somewhere to go and your fish doesn’t have to sit in it.
- Place the fish in a large saucepan. Mix together the water, sugar, and salt. Pour the water-mixture over the fish. The water-mixture should fully cover the fish, if it doesn’t add more water. Bring the water to a boil over a medium-high heat. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the cod fillet.
- Remove fillets from water, brush with melted butter, and season with lemon-pepper and paprika. Squeeze some lemon juice over the top.
- Broil for about 7 minutes on low or until the fillets are opaque and flake with a fork. Serve with melted butter.