I was lucky last night to be treated to a delicious dinner of this Cod Pistou with clams and beans. The secret here is use dried beans which you soak overnight and then cook for 45 minutes. You can use canned in a pinch, but you will miss the creaminess you get from cooking from dried as that’s a main element of the deliciousness of this meal.
COD PISTOU WITH CLAMS AND CANNELLINI BEANS
Ingredients - serves 4
1 cup of dried Cannellini beans or any white bean (you can use canned in a pinch but the meal is much more delicious with soaked beans)
1 and ½ pounds of fresh Cod
1 Bunch of each Basil and Cilantro
1 knob of Ginger
1 clove of Garlic
Juice of 1 Lime
Salt and Pepper
Soak the beans the night before you want to make this dish. The next day drain the water off and put fresh water into the pot - 2 parts water to 1 part beans. Boil on medium-low heat until soft (about 45 minutes to 1 hour). When they are ready they should have some liquid in the pot and be creamy, not dry. Leave them in the pot and set aside.
Put your basil, cilantro, ginger and garlic into a blender, along with 1 cup of good olive oil (you might need more depending on your blender). Squeeze the juice of ½ a lime into the mix, add salt and pepper to taste and blend the mixture until as smooth as you can get it. Taste for seasoning and add more lime juice if necessary. Add the Pistou to your pot of beans - it will turn them a very nice shade of bright green.
Now steam the clams (10 minutes will cook them through)
Season your Cod by rubbing both sides with olive oil and sprinkling (both sides) generously with salt and pepper.
Heat up a large non-stick or cast iron skillet to very hot (no oil or grease on it).
Place the cod pieces onto the hot pan and pan-sear for 2-3 minutes on each side. You’ll see the fish is cooked though when it begins to flake.
Plate the beans with Pistou and place the cod on top. Arrange the clams around the fish and serve.
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