Sous Vide Cod Recipe

Most of the sous vide I cook is focused on meat and chicken but sometimes I like to mix it up and do some fish. Here is a sous vide cod recipe that comes out nice and tender with a light flavor perfect for summer.

To season the sous vide cod I simply used some ground cumin and butter or olive oil but you could also add some garlic powder or even some chile powder for extra flavor. I also sear the cod once it comes out of the pouches but you can also serve it unseared.

Here I served it simply with some seared lemon and a few cherry tomatoes with a side of sauteed carrots and beans but you could serve the sous vide cod with something heavier if you wanted.

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Sous Vide Cod

  • Published: June 14, 2011
  • By Jason Logsdon
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 to 60 Minutes
  • Cooks: 132°F (55.6°C) for 15 to 30 Minutes
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients for Sous Vide Cod

  • For the Sous Vide Cod

  • 4 cod portions
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the Vegetables

  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 8 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
  • 10 ounces green beans, cleaned and trimmed
  • 4 gloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • For the Garnish

  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • 1 lemon, cut into eighths
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved

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Cooking Instructions for Sous Vide Cod

For the Sous Vide Cod

At least 45 to 60 minutes before serving

Preheat the water bath to 132°F (55.6°C).

Salt and pepper the cod and sprinkle with the cumin. Place the cod in the sous vide pouches, add the butter or olive oil, and seal. Place in the water bath and cook the sous vide cod for 15 to 30 minutes.

For more information on the cooking times you can read my detailed article which addresses why is there a range in sous vide cooking times.

For Finishing

While the cod is cooking work on the sides.

Preheat a pan to medium or medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of oil.

Add the carrots to the pan and cook until they begin to soften, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes. Add the green beans and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 7 minutes.

As the beans are finishing take the sous vide cod out of the pouches and pat dry. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside on individual plates. Add the cod to the pan just long enough to develop a light crust, about 1 minute per side. Remove from the heat and place on a serving plate on top of the lettuce.

Add the lemon pieces to the pan to quickly brown them, about 2 minutes. Add the lemon pieces to the top of the cod along with the cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with some of the juices from the pouch and serve.

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