Seared Cod with Garlic and Basil Zoodles

dinner, salad, seafood | November 18, 2016 | By

What a awesome fall it has been at our house!  Although summer will always be my favorite season, fall has recently become a super close second.  The seasons don’t change as beautifully as they do up north, but Georgia doesn’t disappoint.  The other thing that doesn’t disappoint is the food that my young chefs continue to create. 

It’s so entertaining to watch them playfully sparring about their culinary skills.  Chef Jess is really hard on her older brother … not because she thinks his dishes are bad, but because she is motivated by him.  She looks up to him in just about everything, and she really seeks his approval … Though she HATES to admit it. 🙂



On this day, Chef Jess had too much homework to join us in the kitchen.  Instead, she poured over her books and paperwork nearby in the dining room so that she could keep tabs (aka….spy) on what big bro did.   For good reason, because I grilled him about his girlfr…  Ahem…girlf…AHEM… girlfriend.  There I said it!  I actually prefer to refer to her as “a girl he happens to know.”  Just seems to roll off my tongue.  ijs  Anyhoo!  They’ve been “dating” (yuck) for a few months now, and they both seem to be smitten.  Sigh…

So, as he spiralized the zucchini and squash, and seasoned the cod, I gingerly but methodically waged psychological warfare, with the only goal being to find out everything about what is going on with them.  Poor baby didn’t even realize the traps I set.  Lol   

There’s something about cooking together that makes conversations like this so easy and natural.  It’s the added benefit of having children who love to cook.  In the kitchen is where we’ve had heavy duty talks about bullying, racism, poverty, politics, religion, the birds and the bees, death, and Everything and ANYTHING that can be hard to discuss.



Before I knew it, he created another fabulous meal which rivaled any restaurant quality dish.  What made this even more awesome is that my only task was to slice a couple dozen cherry tomatoes in half.  Can I get a high five!!!  After carefully searing the cod fillets, Chef Fresh quickly cooked the zoodles, then beautifully plated his culinary creation.  In about 30 minutes, my young chef served an amazingly delicious and healthy dinner. 



The moral of today’s time in the kitchen is that my baby is growing up faster than the speed of light.   I have no other choice but to accept this because it’s only normal.  However, I will never cease to remind him that I am, and will always be the one who loved him first. 😉

Faith, Family, Food…    In that order

latest faviconBon appétit,

Seared Cod with Garlic and Basil Zoodles
Serves 4
A really quick yet taste bud satisfying dish made with cod and garlic and ginger sautéed zucchini and squash spirals.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 4 Cod Filets
  2. ½ teaspoon olive oil
  3. 2 medium zucchini
  4. 2 medium yellow squash
  5. 2 dozen cherry tomatoes
  6. 2 lemons
  7. 1 red onion
  8. 4 minced garlic cloves
  9. 2 TBSP minced ginger
  10. 6 large basil leaves, chopped
  11. salt and pepper to taste
  12. 1 pat of butter
  1. Season the cod filet with salt & pepper. Set aside for a few minutes while you prepare the zucchini.
  2. Spriralize (or thinly slice) the zucchini and yellow squash
  3. Slice the onion into thin slices.
  4. Cut the tomatoes in half.
  5. Cut the basil into strips.
  6. Put the oil in a small pan. Sear the cod on both sides. It cooks quickly so DO NOT overcook. Transfer cooked cod to a plate, and squeeze lemon on them.
  7. Melt butter in pan. Add the onion, minced ginger, and minced garlic. Saute for a minute. Add the zucchini and squash. Cook for about 3 minutes, Add the basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few more minutes.
  1. Plate by making a pile of the zoodles and topping with a cod filet. Garnish with the cherry tomatoes by surrounding the plate, and scatter a few torn basil leaves as well.
  2. Feel free to add some spice to this dish by adding chopped jalapenos 🙂
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