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Crispy-Skin Cod, Siberian Sturgeon Caviar and Saffron Sauce

Crispy-skin Cod with Sterlet Imperial Gold Caviar and Saffron Sauce

Ingredients (serves 4)

600g Cod Loin with skin on
Siberian Sturgeon Caviar 30g

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Spanish Saffron from Mancha, Extra Pure Quality 1g

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Pure White Sea Salt
1 small Shallot peeled and finely chopped
150ml Double Cream
150ml White Wine 

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50g Noirmoutier Sea Salt Butter

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Small cup of hot water
2 Spring Onions
2 Radishes
Few sprigs of Parsley

Method

  1. To make this delicious Crispy-Skin Cod, first season your cod loin with sea salt and set aside at room temperature. Preheat the oven at 190-200°C
  2. Heat your pan and add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan well. I personally prefer to use olive oil to give that extra flavour. When the oil is hot and moving freely, but not smoking, add the cod skin side down, and turn the heat down to medium. If the heat is too high, then your cod is going to stick to your pan.
  3. Let this cook for about 5 minutes. Regulate the temperature – not too hot. Take it slowly and you will get a great browning. Too hot, and your fish will chard and the skin will blacken.
  4. After about 5 minutes, gently release the cod, flip it flesh side down, and immediately put the cod into the preheated oven. Let this cook for another few minutes to ensure that the flesh cooks all the way through.
  5. Now make the saffron sauce. Fill a jug or glass with 50ml/2fl oz of water and add a generous pinch of saffron to the water. The water will quickly turn golden yellow from the saffron.
  6. Add the white wine to a pan and simmer over medium heat. Reduce the white wine down to one or two tablespoons.
  7. Melt the butter in the pan, this adds a glossiness to the sauce. Add the double cream, a small pinch of salt if needed and the saffron-infused water to the pan – by now the water should be a golden yellow. Make sure to include all of those expensive saffron threads, they still are full of flavour and colour!
  8. Simmer over medium heat and stir until the sauce thickens and turns into a stunning yellow colour, it will initially be pale yellow, but as it heats the colour will intensify.
  9. Place your Crispy-Skin Cod in the centre of the plate, pour the saffron sauce around the fish, garnish with sour cream and a generous portion of Siberian Sturgeon Caviar, serve immediately.

    Well done Chef! Pour yourself a large glass of our Mount Brown Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and enjoy!